White flies on gardenias - Knowledgebase Question

Locust Grove, Ge
Question by bwilson23
September 21, 2009
How do I get rid of white flies on my gardenia bushes?

Answer from NGA
September 21, 2009


Whiteflies can be a real challenge to eradicate, but there are a number of biological controls that you can try to get rid of white flies. Since you're dealing with an outdoor white fly problem, you might want to try releasing lacewings or minute pirate bugs, both available through garden centers. Other control methods include yellow sticky traps - basically cardboard painted bright yellow and coated with mineral oil or petroleum jelly, and suspended near the tops of plants. Insecticidal soaps work well against white flies, too. Just be sure to spray both top and undersides of leaves. Insecticidal soaps can cause burning of leaves if applied during hot weather, so use caution. Good luck in getting rid of those pesky pests!

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