Eco-friendly Whitefly Control


      Whenfall arrives, I can't seem to resist taking a few plants in for winter. Unfortunately, a few whiteflies often try tohitch a ride in with the plants.

      Checkfor these pests before moving plants indoors.Gently shake your garden plants and watch them disperse. If they're on your tomatoes, they probablylaid eggs on the tropicals you plan to move indoors.

      Whiteflyinsects suck plant juices often causing stunted growth as well as yellow andbrown leaves as they secrete a clear sticky substance. Most healthy outdoor plants can toleratetheir feeding and cold winters will kill them.

      Indoorplants growing in less-than-ideal conditions suffer.

      Usehomemade or commercial yellow sticky traps to reduce the population. This may be enough.

      Ifnot, horticulture and neem oil are organic control options. Follow label directions carefully.

      Fungus gnats areanother common pest of indoor plants.They often move indoors with plants overwintered indoors or on holidayplants. They feed on the organic matterin the soil and usually don't harm our plants.

      Allow the soil to go slightly drier or use the organic bacillus thuringiensis israelensis tosafely control the larvae of this pest.

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