Do you ever notice tiny, white, winged insects on your plants? Whiteflies may look like they’re completely harmless, but without proper whitefly control in West Palm Beach, these pests can suck the life out of your plant babies. Worse, they’re almost impossible to get rid of–unless you hire a pest control professional.
Yes, they also feed on indoor plants! Through its four nymph stages, the young whitefly gradually increases in size by sucking sap from leaves. Their mouths have needle-like structures that are used to pierce the leaf and suck its juice.
When whiteflies show up in large numbers, they can easily cause the leaves to dry out and fall entirely off the plant. When they infest indoor plants, they tend to generate additional problems by attracting ants into the area.
Check the underside of your plants’ leaves and look for a white powdery-looking substance or white specs.
Correcting an infestation starts with you getting rid of the heavily infested plant and keeping it away from your other plants while it is being treated. Furthermore, unless the problem has been corrected, it’s best to avoid growing new plants. You can also avoid high infestation periods by planting in early spring or late fall.
If you continue to plant, you should not place new plants near the recently infected areas. Additionally, you can deter these pests from settling in your home or garden using whitefly traps from the local hardware store. Introducing natural predators such as ladybugs and lacewing larvae is another way to get rid of whiteflies.
The best way to deal with a whitefly infestation is to contact the pest control experts at O’Hara Pest Control. If you’re looking for a quote, don’t hesitate to contact us today!