The Dangers of Whiteflies to Florida’s Ficus
Ficus whiteflies have been a big challenge for home and property owners throughout South Florida/Naples/Marco Island/ Bonita Springs/Fort Myers/Cape Coral for quite some time, but they’ve been a particular problem when it comes to the Ficus that are common in this state.
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Hitting Florida’s Ficus especially hard
The Ficus Whitefly, or Fig Whitefly, hits Ficus trees and hedges especially hard and can cause major devastation to a landscape. The insects cause the leaves of the plant to wilt, turn yellow and ultimately cause its leaves to fall off before it finally dies. Ficus trees and hedges are very common in Florida and often used in place of expensive fencing. When they’re attacked by this nasty creature it can be very costly for a home or business owner and they can even cause financial devastation.
Detecting ficus whiteflies
If not treated immediately, a whitefly infestation will continue to spread to new plants as each is destroyed in a domino like effect.Ficus hedges and trees without leaves are a common and obvious symptom, but an early whitefly infestation can be hard to detect with the naked eye. Contacting a professional pest control expert like they ones you will find at BugFreeServices is important in order to have your plants, trees and shrubs evaluated and treated immediately if a problem is found.
Once the owner recognizes the signs of a whitefly infestation, including defoliation or “leaf drop,” yellowing of leaves or the whitefly “skins” on leaves, the population is probably well-established and it becomes even more crucial to call professionals in to prevent total devastation. Prevention is the best course – if you already have Ficus that are susceptible to Whitefly infestations, preventative treatments can be used to avoid damage or death of your Ficus which are far more costly to replace than preventing a problem in the first place.
Prevention is always the best option
By frequent monitoring of your plants, trees and especially Ficus, professionals at BugFreeServices can easily detect an early sign of infestation, making the problem easier to manage, often not only saving the plant but saving the property owner a lot of money and frustration. It’s important to set up a pest control program, designed for your specific needs, to periodically evaluate your landscape and all that it encompasses to prevent all of the problems that an infestation can bring.