The Q&A Archives: controlling whiteflies

Question: I had a cucumber plant that i started from seed. It was growing really well till it got whiteflies. I tried everything but was forced to get rid of the plant. I hated to do it because it was my first plant to grow from seed. I've spoken to several people that i want to start another vegtable garden but they say that the once whiteflies are in your area they will return. How can I stop this from happening? How can I get rid of them fast and forever? I really want to start my garden again. Please help. Mary

Answer: Mary,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Whiteflies are already in most of the southern U.S. They attack some crops and ornamental plants but not by any means all. Go ahead and grow what you want. When they show up on a crop or plant we or someone else can make a suggestion for the best control options for that particular plant. In many cases it is something as safe as insecticidal soap, vegetable based summer oils, or the natural product neem.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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