White Fly - Knowledgebase Question

Cherry Hill, Ne
Question by scripset33
September 23, 2009
How do i get rid of White Fly. It has infected my hanging Petunia basket and my Hibiscus plants. Spray doesn't seem to work.

Answer from NGA
September 23, 2009


Whitefly is one of the most difficult pests to control. If your plants are outdoor plants, you can try washing them with a strong spray of water from the garden hose to knock them down and hope that a good rainy spell will also help wash them clean. However, the whiteflies will probably still come back unless you treat them. Commercially formulated insecticidal soap or horticultural oil can be used according to the label instructions to reduce the numbers. Make sure the plants you are spraying are listed on the label, and spray all surfaces of each plant thoroughly. Be very careful not to introduce them into your house if you bring any plants indoors for the winter.

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