Management of Real Estate Whiteflies Pros and Cons
- What are whiteflies and their damaging effects? They are small, winged insects that typically feed on the underside of leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts. Whiteflies can seriously injure plants by sucking nutrients from the plant causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death. It is recommended that ficus hedges be proactively treated as it is more cost effective versus the cost of hedge replacement if left untreated. A large whitefly infestation on palm tree leaves can leave behind excessive honeydew and sooty mold. This honeydew and sooty mold usually becomes sticky and turns black in color which usually results in a significant impact on the aesthetics of a affected properties and neighborhoods. At this time, experts are not concerned with whitefly infestation causing the death of palm trees.