Con­trol­ling al­most in­vis­i­ble white flies

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE COMMUNITY - Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies WILL WATER­FORD

ONE of the most an­noy­ing in­sects that you can get in your gar­den are the White Fly.

White flies are not flies but are white winged in­sects, they are about 2 to 3mm in size and are ac­tu­ally re­lated to aphids and mealy bugs.

They will breed very fast and are found in large num­bers on the un­der­side of the leaves. One adult fe­male can lay 300 to 400 eggs, so you can have an in­fes­ta­tion in no time at all.

They can be hard to see but if you look hard you will no­tice that they will have skinned the un­der part of the leaves leav­ing the veins proud, and when you walk past your plants they can fly up in swarms.

They are more preva­lent in the warmer months of the year, but in warmer cli­mates such as ours we can get them all year round.

They love vegie gar­dens with their pref­er­ence be­ing to­ma­toes, and big leaf plants such as cab­bage, let­tuce and cu­cum­bers.

I have seen some peo­ple vac­uum the eggs off the leaves, but it is hard to do it when they can fly.

Other ways to con­trol them is to put up a few yel­low sticky traps, you prob­a­bly won’t catch them all with this but you will be able to see when they are around.

You can also spray them with or­ganic prod­ucts such as Eco-fend, Eco oil or Eco Neem, they all work well but you will have to spray them ev­ery week for a few weeks.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HARDY: White Flies.

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