How do you get rid of whiteflies?

May, 2022
Darren Spalding

All whiteflies suffer from an identity crisis as they are not “real” flies at all. Yeah, I can tie the sticks now. Whiteflies are tiny insects that feed on a wide variety of plant species, including roses. The most common pest species - such as the greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and the white sweet potato fly (Bemisia tabaci) - have a wide host spectrum that includes many weeds and crops.

Whiteflies develop rapidly in warm weather, and populations can quickly accumulate in situations where natural enemies are ineffective and when weather and host plants favor outbreaks. Their appearance is similar to tiny, pure white “moths,” but they are actually closely related to sap sucking aphids.

How do whiteflies get rid of roses naturally?

These two species are known to have an insatiable appetite for all soft-bodied plant pests (aphids, whiteflies, scale bugs, mealybugs, and leaf miner larvae). Whiteflies and their larvae feed by sucking plant sap from the underside of the leaves, thus weakening the plant. Then keep it away from your other plants so the insects don't jump to another plant during treatment. Try it out on a secluded leaf first to make sure the mixture doesn't damage the leaves of your plant. All you need to do is saturate the leaf with the soap spray and return 2 days later. If you notice leaf burns, dilute the mixture a bit with more water or less soap.

Always follow the product's instructions to dispense the chemical insecticide correctly and safely.

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