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Spiraling Whitefly is becoming an increasing problem in Central Florida. This pest has been affecting south Florida for some time now we are seeing an increase in infestations in areas just south of Tampa such as Bradenton and the surrounding areas of Manatee County.

What to look for: white spirals and a build-up of a white, waxy substance on the underside of leaves. This coats the eggs and immature whiteflies. If populations build-up greatly, infested plants can become covered with the white, waxy substance. This can sometimes become weakened and also be 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. Honeydew does not damage paint.

Which Plants does it effect: Spiraling Whitefly will attack a wide variety of palms and woody ornamentals.

Drake has performed extensive testing with different products and treatment methods to eradicate this pest quickly and effectively. If you have any questions about this pest or would simply like a free inspection on your property please call our office.