Controlling almost invisible white flies
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.
HARDY: White Flies.