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Whiteflies in the Garden

Whiteflies in the Garden

My garden has been relatively free of whiteflies in recent years. A decline in the neighborhood infestation occurred when two large hibiscus bushes, dripping with whiteflies, in nearby yards were finally removed by the owners.

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A few weeks ago, when cutting zinnias planted with my vegetables, a cloud of whiteflies emerged. 

I recalled making whitefly traps in my earliest gardening days after reading the research about the insect’s attraction to a certain bright yellow Rustoleum spray paint. We made little masonite squares which we spray-painted, coated with Tanglefoot and mounted on stakes in the garden. They worked.

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Rummaging around my garden shelves, I found this trap. I think it came from my Dad’s garden leftovers. So I deployed it. 

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Before long, the whiteflies found it “attractive.” Check your local garden center or Amazon for sticky whitefly traps.

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The University of California IPM website recommends “Protect natural enemies such as lacewings, lady beetles, and mini-wasps.” I’ll leave most of the control to the natural predators.

I read Quick Tips: Whiteflies on the site and found useful suggestions for control. Check it out if your garden is frequented by whiteflies.

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