Spiral Whitefly

Ficus Whitefly Control Treatment in South Florida needs to be done with care. Call AAA Riteway for professional treatment of shrubs, trees and plants.

According to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website, the sprialing whitefly is a large, slow moving insect capable of infesting a wide range of landscape plants such as:

  • gumbo limbo
  • banana
  • black olive
  • mango
  • palms
  • some shrubs such as copperleaf, cocoplum, wax myrtle, and other plants

The presence of white spirals and a build‐up of a white, waxy substance on the underside of leaves is evidence of the Spiral Whitefly. The waxy substance coats the eggs and immature whiteflies and if populations build‐up greatly, infested plants can become covered with the white, waxy substance.

The substance can sometimes become weakened or disfigured by the black sooty mold that grows on the insect’s excrement (referred to as honeydew). The sticky honeydew can accumulate on cars, pool decks and patio furniture from infested trees overhead. Once the insect is under control, the sooty mold and honeydew will disappear.


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