The “Tipping Point” for Whitefly Control in Poinsettia

Picture1If you started out  using biological control in your Poinsettia crop this year, you’ve now reached the crucial tipping point for whitefly control decisions.

Based on the size of your whitefly population in mid-late September, your populations could end up too high by November  to effectively control.  Ultimately, this could affect sales.

So, do you keep going, and hope for the best?  Or switch horses mid-stream, and start using chemicals?  To help you determine which is the right call, keep reading.

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Christmas in July: tips for controlling whitefly in poinsettia. (Hint – start now!).

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Juvenile and adult Bemisia whitefly (Bemisia tabaci).  There are 2 biotypes of this pest (“B” and “Q”) which look identical; however, their response to chemicals is very different.

Poinsettias cuttings are here! Unfortunately, they will likely arrive with unwanted “presents” in tow.  This includes Bemisia whitefly, a pest that can be hard to control with natural enemies and can ALSO be resistant to pesticides.  So what’s a grower to do?  

By implementing some preventative measures RIGHT NOW, and understanding WHEN it’s appropriate to spray, you can help save yourself a lot of headaches later.

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