Whitefly Infestation Detection

Steps to Detect & Contain Whitefly Infestation in & around Your Swimming Pool

South Florida is popularly known for its pristine beaches and lazy sunshine. This beautiful region, though, has an infestation problem. Along with its seemingly vast immigrants of catfish, pythons, and parakeets, the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly has been giving headaches to homeowners and service technicians.gumbolimbosprirling whitefly

This pest arrived in 2009 and since then has become very rampant from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. It leaves a stick film pretty much like that of honeydew that can neutralize a number of chemicals, particularly chlorine. It also deposits black goo on furniture, decks, and railings.

There are actually two kinds of whiteflies that are causing the problem in the area. The first is the older Ficus Whitefly and the newer to our area is the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. It is the latter that is the latest cause of anxiety for the residents and pest-control companies around these days. Among its favorite hosts is the coconut palm, a plant that is often planted near swimming pools. It is far more destructive than the Ficus Whitefly as it is not picky on what it feeds on so it has a wide range of hosts. Presently, Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is in the stage of establishing itself and it has found its favorite plants in coconut palms, gumbo limbo trees, birds of paradise and black olive trees. So, like  Ficus, the Rugose also favors trees growing near swimming pools. It will appear on these plants first, but can later spread to almost everything in the surroundings. Once established, it is sure to cause a lot of damage with the wax and honey dew produced by it. It makes plants look ugly as the leaves look white polka dotted with the infestation.  Swimming pools look messy with dead whiteflies, wax and honeydew. But it’s best to detect a whitefly infestation early to start getting rid of it before it causing extensive damage to pool systems and the landscape. If left untreated, it can be quite costly to get rid of the whitefly.

For pool care, it is ideal to take a close look at your landscape once or twice a week and check for the whitefly infestation. The sooner you detect, the easier it is to control. The simple ways of pool maintenance can save you from a lot of suffering later on.

If your swimming pool has been infested with these pests, here are some things that you can do to keep them at bay and even totally eliminate them.


  • Hire pest control or do it yourself. There are several pest control companies in the area that know how to treat your infestation. And there are DIY pest control solutions available in the market today; your local extension service can advise you of the best way to treat the infestation on your plants and trees.  If going the DIY pest control route, the most important thing is to use the product as directed.  Spreading the product on the foliage is not always recommended as you can potentially kill insects that actually feed on these white flies.
  • Watch stabilizer and chlorine levels. Perform pool maintenance regularly, especially making sure that your chlorine and stabilizer levels are a little higher than the usual. This will prevent your pool from turning green. This will also maintain its sanitation despite the pest infestation.
  • Clean filters more often. The filters of typical-sized swimming pool infested with whiteflies need to be washed every week so that it flows at its maximum. More frequent pool cleaning will help in controlling the sticky film from the whiteflies.
  • Remain patient yet proactive. Whitefly infestation will not disappear by itself, nor can it be easily wiped out overnight. This means that you will have to keep up with your efforts to control and eradicate these pests. Schedule regular trimming and pest control.
  • Use More Chlorine. Some pool owners are putting more chlorine than the usual amounts into their swimming pools to keep chlorine levels up.

Experts are saying that the first step in getting rid of whiteflies is to remove them from the trees. This can be done by washing the trees with water at full blast and then follow up with pest control treatments.

There are a variety of techniques that can be effective in alleviating the problem of pool maintenance if you have a whitefly infestation.  Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches has trained professionals who will do their best to maintain your pool in tip-top shape while the whitefly infestation is being taken care of or contact us by clicking here.

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Whitefly Infestation and Your Swimming Pool: What You Can Do

Whiteflies are small insects with white wings. They might seem harmless but they release a sap-like residue (commonly referred to as “honeydew”) that annoyingly covers plants, trees, cars, and practically anything found outdoors. Today, more and more homeowners are experiencing the consequences brought about by their presence around the swimming pool.

If you are one of these pool owners, here are some things that you can do to control whitefly infestation in your swimming pool. You can simply perform these tasks during your regular pool cleaning and maintenance.whitefly

Pest control

First and foremost, you  should contact a pest control expert who will know the exact treatment for your whitefly infestation.  Or you can perform pest control on your own. There are many DIY pest control kits that you can readily purchase in your local store; just make sure that you carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Maintain good stabilizer and chlorine levels

If you currently have large populations of whiteflies in your area, it is advised that you keep the levels of stabilizer and chlorine in your pool a little higher than usual. This will keep your pool’s water from turning green. This also ensures that the pool remains clean and sanitized despite the presence of these pests.

Clean your pool more often

Whether you have a whitefly infestation or not, pool cleaning is very important. But now that you have a pest infestation, you will have to do it more often than the usual. This is especially important for the pool’s filters. Schedule a weekly pool service to get them washed to ensure that its flow is smooth and efficient. As the pool owner, it is also important that you do your part by washing your filters in between pool service schedules for “honeydew” control.

Be patient yet proactive

Whiteflies are pests that will not just simply go away with time. Therefore, some type of pest control is necessary.  Pest-control procedures can take some time.  While you are waiting for it to work, continue with regular and more frequent pool cleaning.

If you have a Whitefly infestation – Call a Pool Service Company

Get a pool service company to take a look at the degree of whitefly infestation in your pool. Some companies are equipped with the knowledge and technology of handling it for you.  Contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches if you have additional questions about a whitefly infestation and how it is affecting your pool, or click here.

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Whiteflies and Your Pool

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It would appear that Southern Florida is not only popular with retirees and college students these days. The area’s resident newcomer is none other than the Whiteflies, which are responsible for the sap-like substance that not only collects on plants, but on pretty much anything left out of doors.

Whiteflies – What are They?

Whiteflies are small, moth-like insects with white wings and piercing-sucking mouthparts. Their main environmental impact is the excretion of honeydew, a sticky, sap-like residue, which covers plant leaves and also helps in the growth of the sooty-mold fungus. First discovered in the area in 2009, the Whitefly, specifically the Rugose Sprialing Whitefly, is likely to survive year round in Southern Florida. While this recent infestation causes concern for the landscape industry, it also negatively affects many other Floridians, namely owners and operators of swimming pools. At this time there appears to be no negative impact to the important agricultural crops, such as the citrus farms. Many horticulturalists believe that unless these crops come under attack, the Whiteflies will continue to be treated as a minor nuisance and no significant actions will be undertaken to eradicate these pests.

In a study that is currently under way in Homesteads, scientists are gathering small wasps which kill the flies. These wasps can be released in order to reduce population of flies; however this proposition is still being reviewed.

There are about seventy five whiteflies in Florida, however Rugose Spiraling whiteflies have become a huge problem that Key West and Monroe County officials are organising workshops to increase awareness and give advice on eradication to pool owners, gardeners, landscapers, or any other individuals the have had whiteflies problems. People who find their cars covered by a sticky silt each day know how bothersome whiteflies hav become.

Why are Whiteflies a problem?

Homeowners are plagued not only by the decline of plants, but also by sticky wax, the honeydew, and the bodies of the dead adult whiteflies are are found on cars, patios, and into swimming pools, clogging the water filters. The clogged filters, along with the sooty-mold fungus also cause changes in the pH balance of the water in the swimming pools, and turning the water unusual colors. In Southwest Florida, many pools are experiencing low to zero chlorine readings as a result of the Whitefly infestation.

What can you do about Whiteflies?

Local Palm Beach County pool services are encouraging all of their customers to acquire pest control services as soon as possible for both prevention and or eradication of these nasty pests. Untreated, whiteflies will severely damage plants, swimming pool and pool filters, creating a need for costly repairs. Additionally, there are many natural and chemical solutions to assist in taking control of the infestation on surrounding plants on which the Whiteflies lay eggs and feed from. Local nurseries and landscapers should be able to assist in selecting the best products for your yard and surrounding area.

One thing that appears to be certain is that the Whiteflies don’t appear to be leaving Southern Florida anytime in the near future.

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