White flies

Asked September 1, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

I have been invaded by white flies on all my citrus trees. This has never happened before. I have been using Neem Oil as I was advised with poor results. Do you have any other suggestions to rid my fruit trees without making the fruit inedible? I understand Neem Oil does not kill the white flies just makes them"uncomfortable".

Harris County Texas white flies

3 Responses

Soap sprays, horticultural oil sprays or combinations of the two would be the first think advised but really only help control the immatures. These will require some time and multiple applications as they do not kill the adults. Soil applied imidacloprid might be helpful. Bayer Advanced Fruit,Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control is labeled for whitefly control and could be considered.

You can read about this product here:

http://www.bayeradvanced.com/system/product_variants/label_pdfs/000/000/018/original_Fruit-Citrus-Vegetable-Insect-Control.pdf







Can I mix these two (oil spray and citrus insect control) together or do I have to apply separately? If separately, can I apply on the same day? I am a real novice at gardening. My husband handled all gardening and he passed away in July. Never had white fly while he was around.

Soap sprays, horticultural oil sprays or combinations of the two would be the first think advised but really only help control the immatures. These will require some time and multiple applications as they do not kill the adults. Soil applied imidacloprid might be helpful. Bayer Advanced Fruit,Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control is labeled for whitefly control and could be considered.

You can read about this product here:

http://www.bayeradvanced.com/system/product_variants/label_pdfs/000/000/018/original_Fruit-Citrus-Vegetable-Insect-Control.pdf