WHITEFLY CONTINUES TO PLAGUE KEY BISCAYNE TREES
Key Biscayne, FL
Despite efforts to control the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly, believed to have come from Central America, the insect is still causing a mess around Key Biscayne. Initially found on Gumbo Limbo trees, the whitefly is now known to feed on a wide variety of trees, shrubs, or ferns.
The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly looks like a small, white moth. Its name comes from the spiral patterns that the female whitefly insect makes on the bottom of a leaf after laying her eggs. While feeding the insect exudes a sugary substance called honeydew. The honeydew may then become home to a fungus called sooty mold.
Tree services can offer several options to help prevent tree damage and control Rugose Spiraling Whitefly, Depending on plant size and location, arborists may be able to spray trees, perform insecticide soil injections, or inject insecticide directly into a tree trunk.