The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (RSW) was first discovered to be in the US and the State of Florida from a sample collected in March of 2009 in the Miami-Dade County area. It’s been advancing northward since then and was identified in Brevard County in early 2012, mostly on the barrier islands.
It is easily diagnosed on plants by the characteristic spiral egg-laying pattern on the host. Egg laying only indicates that an RSW female is in the area and does not necessarily indicate an infestation. Close examination for other stages present on the host is used to determine the presence of an infestation.
Other signs of an infestation include a heavy amount of the white, waxy material covering the leaves and sooty mold under the host. The sooty mold is a cause for concern as it coats anything underneath the host, including cars, driveways, pool decks and porch furniture. If left untreated, RSW can cause general plant decline, defoliation and branch dieback.
Primary hosts include coconut palms, Christmas palms, areca palms, bottle palms, banana trees, traveler palms, giant bird of paradise, gumbo limbo trees and strangler fig trees. This list is not exclusive and more hosts may be added.
We provide systemic treatments to the host plant either by way of a drench or direct tree injection. A re-treatment guarantee is included with the application
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