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Monday, May 06, 2013

Whiteflies: How to identify and get rid of garden white flies

Yes we are struggling with these little pests this year.
Ah! To have a spider, they really clean up these insects or a nasturtium or a marigold.

How to get rid of Whiteflies
  • Spray with insecticidal soap. Follow up twice or three times.
  • Ladybugs and spiders may help control whitefly population.
  • Some garden and hardware stores sell whitefly traps, which may be useful, although not as successful as insecticidal soap.
  • Try this homemade mixture from the Almanac to control and deter whiteflies: 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 5 parts water, and 1 tablespoon liquid soap. Spray the mixture on the foliage of garden plants that are susceptible to these pests.
  • Whiteflies: How to identify and get rid of garden white flies

Companion plants like nasturtiums and both French and Mexican marigolds can help you get rid of whiteflies. The whitefly and its ilk cannot tolerate the smell of these flowers. After some research, I have become enamored with nasturtiums (tropaeolum), as they come in several varieties, are easy to grow, support blindingly bright blooms, attract armies of beneficial insects, and even if you have the yellowing, wilted-thumb-of-plant-death, they will grow. The entire plant – even the flowers – is edible and delicious. They produce seeds (also edible), so you'll never have to make another purchase.