WHITE FLY CONTROL

Gardeners and flower enthusiasts will find White Fly an endless problem. Keeping White Fly under control is extremely difficult since most insecticides will kill only the adult insects, leaving the unhatched eggs unharmed. Once the insecticide has worn off, the eggs will hatch and the new White Flies will infect the plant all over again. Another reason why White Fly control is so difficult is that many of the insecticides that are effective in killing White Fly cannot be used on edible plants, which are some of the White Fly’s favorite foods.

White Flies are attracted to the color yellow, so sickly, under-fertilized plants with yellowing leaves act as a magnet, drawing in more and more White Fly. A gardener’s first line of defense against White Fly is to increase the amount of fertilizer given to the plant and the amount of organic microbes in the soil. Fertilizer and beneficial microbes will give the plant a much needed boost of nutrients, making it healthier and greener, eliminating the yellow patches of leaves that attract White Fly.

Dr. Earth fertilizer is a great brand of organic fertilizer that is fortified with many natural beneficial microbes to keep plants healthy. For best results, Dr. Earth fertilizer should be applied on a cycle of every 2 months. Adding worm castings to the soil, in the months in between feedings of Dr. Earth, will provide the soil even more beneficial microbes and will also give the plant a natural immunity to insect pests. My Garden's Best Friend Organic Fertilizer is a wonderful organic fertilizer made from worm castings which will give plants the immunity they need against White Fly.

For heavier infestations of White Fly, it is essential to quickly kill as many nesting adults as possible, to keep the insect numbers in check until the fertilizer begins to take effect. Natural Guard Insecticidal Soap RTU is a wonderful organic insecticide that can be applied to plants daily until adult insects are no longer present. Natural Guard Neem Insect Spray RTU can also be applied to plants to provide longer lasting control. Additionally, Natural Guard Neem Insect Spray RTU will stop White Fly eggs from hatching and attacking the plant.

Systemic insecticides work well for controlling White Fly on flowering plants as well; however there is some speculation as to whether or not the ingredients in systemic products will adversely affect honey bees. Most honey bees have specific plants that they prefer to feed on, such as fruit trees or clover. When treating flowering plants that bees are known to love, take special care to avoid spraying the flowers with the insecticide. This will protect the bee from coming into contact with the insecticide when it goes to pollinate the flower.

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