What Are Whiteflies?

What Are Whiteflies?

If you start to notice a lot of tiny, white insects hanging around your indoor or outdoor plants, don’t just ignore them. They might be the wave of a full-blown whitefly infestation. Here at Valley Pest Solutions, our expert pest control team is often quizzed about the identification of various pests. 

Since we serve so many areas within the San Joaquin county area and Manteca, Lathrop, Ripon and Escalon are major players in the agricultural realm, we are more than happy to identify and eliminate your pest problems. Read on to find out more about what whiteflies are.

What Are Whiteflies?

Whiteflies do not belong to the fly family at all. Due to the triangular shape of their bodies, whiteflies look similar to tiny flies, and you’ll find them on the underside of the leaf of their favorite plants.  In some areas, they are just as annoying as a housefly infestation.

What Do Whiteflies Eat?

Whiteflies love to feast on healthy green leaves and other vegetation such as leafing plants, hibiscus, gardenia and even mint plants Once they land or lay their eggs on the underside of leaves, whiteflies and their larvae start to suck (feed) out the juices in the leaves. The leaves end up damaged or totally dried out, which injures or eventually kills the plant. Whiteflies also carry many plant-destroying diseases.

How Long Do Whiteflies Live?

When they hatch, the whitefly can stay in a larvae phase for nearly a month. After they go through adulthood, they can remain alive for at least two months or slightly more depending on the species. 

A total of at least three months is more than enough time to destroy your plants over a whole season. Since there are over 100 types of whiteflies, that is a lot of time to wreak havoc on both inside, outside and greenhouse plants.

How To Prevent Whiteflies From Taking Over Your Plants

Simple bug sprays will not work on a whitefly infestation because they have grown resistant to many of them. There are some natural solutions such as natural predators like the ladybug and hummingbird. Another method is sticky glue boards or neem oil. And then there’s the ultimate solution of a pesticide and not just any pesticide, in most cases you’re going to want something that is systemic, meaning it is absorbed by the plant and moved around in its tissue. When the insect sucks on the plant for the juices it will pick up the chemical too. You’ll want to talk to a local gardener on what their recommendations are.  

Valley Pest Solutions Will Take Care of Your Pest Problems

With over 50 years of combined experience, and over 25years in the business we have gained the trust and respect of our customers in Salida, Escalon, Ripon and Manteca. Our highly educated team of experts knows how to inspect, detect and eliminate pest problems. We use products that are approved by the EPA and cost-effective to eradicate your pest problem. Contact Valley Pest Solutions today to get started.