How To control Whiteflies and stop them killing your plants

How To control Whiteflies and stop them killing your plants

Whiteflies can be a huge problem for indoor and outdoor gardeners, whiteflies can attack all types and varieties of plants with out hesitation leaving certain damage and loss of yields and fruits because of this.

As we have said time and time again, prevention is always better than the cure but there is a will there is a way.

Whitefly are Hemiptera insects belonging to the Aleyrodidae family. They are considered a major pest for many crops because they cause considerable damage and loss of production.

They feed by sucking the sap from the host plant. They are polyphagus, meaning that they feed on many different plants, and so they represent a hazard for the majority of crops, as well as feeding off wild plants and weeds that act as a reservoir for the pest.

The aim is to provide the plant with maximum protection during the earliest stages of the crop, thus preventing any whitefly from getting established. It is in these earliest stages that a viral infection will cause the greatest damage as the virus will spread throughout the plant and will show all its symptoms as the plant begins to produce blossom and fruit. This is why insecticides are applied to the seeds in some crops. These act systematically as soon as the seedling starts to grow and continue to protect it for several weeks.

In later stages, insecticides like CANNACURE can be applied to the leaves to ensure the protection for the longest possible time. It should be noted that the use of non-systematic ingestion insecticides is not usually effective in combatting whitefly in its larval stage, since many of the larva lack mobility. The use of insecticides that act by physical means, such as CANNACURE, are also a good choice to fight this larval stage.

Advice and information is written and provided by By Ignacio Garcia, CANNA Research
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