Whiteflies are tiny, heart-shaped flies that reside under the leaves of plants. If the plant is as much as brushed up against, these annoying little bugs fly up into a cloud, which is never a pleasant thing. Whiteflies secrete honeydew, putting your plants at risk for fungal diseases and attracts other critters that you don’t want hanging around. They are most commonly found in greenhouses, warm climates, and indoors because they can’t stand cold weather. To make sure your plants are safe and continue to thrive, you should treat whiteflies as soon as you see that an infection is going to occur. If you see whiteflies on your indoor plants, there are several things that you can do:
Get Rid of Whiteflies Fast
- Vaccum them away. This can be tricky, because you want to make sure you don’t hurt your plant in the process. For the best results, use your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment to suck up adult whiteflies. Be sure that any newly hatched whiteflies don’t escape from your vacuum bag, too!
- Sticky tape. The same sticky tape that works for houseflies can be used for whiteflies as well. Simply hang the sticky tape from the infected plant (if you can) and follow the directions on the label.
- Insecticidal soap. Look for a product that doesn’t have any perfumes or additives that may harm your plants. Mix the soap in a weak concentration with water and spray it on your plants. These will help control the population, but probably won’t get rid of the problem completely. To make sure there are no whiteflies left, you should treat your plants with Green Thumb. The natural ingredients in this insecticide will wipe out the whiteflies while keeping your plant safe as well.
Once you have treated your whiteflies problem, be sure to spray your plants with Kapow to ensure that your plants continue to thrive without being threatened by an other bugs or diseases.