Removing White Flies
White flies are commonly found among houseplants and vegetable gardens, appearing as tiny yellowish moth-like insects with white waxy wings, and are typically seen resting in large clusters on leaf bottoms. Their craving for plant juices can result in extensive leaf damage, and a serious infestation is difficult to manage.
Signs of White Flies Around Your Home
Signs of a white fly outbreak include leaves that appear shiny from the honeydew they secrete. This honeydew will in turn attract other insect pests to the host plant as well, leading to further pest problems, disease and damage, and will eventually spark the growth of a black mold that interferes with the plant's food production.
Both adults and nymphs feed on plant juices, and affected leaves will quickly turn brown or yellow before falling off and subsequently weakening the plant. A magnifying glass will probably reveal clusters of their tiny white oblong eggs on leaf bottoms, from which will hatch nymphal "crawlers." At room temperature, these will develop into adults in about 25 days.
It is important to act quickly because white flies reproduce radidly and aren't choosy concerning host plants, their presence can soon become overwhelming once established. The adults will swarm up in clouds if disturbed before settling back down onto your plants. The damage they cause is not only unsightly but will rapidly kill your plants without effective treatment.