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Whitefly

A very dangerous pest.

A whitefly
Whiteflies

Very hard to eradicate.                         

 Around 2 mm length.

A single whitefly on a tomato.
A colony of whitefly on bazil leaf.

It sucks liquids out of the plant’s leaves and secrete sticky material called honeydew.      

Black mold growing on honeydew secreted by whiteflies.

Black mold grows on the honeydew, which slows down the photosynthesis of the plant.

Black mold growing on honeydew secreted by whiteflies
Black mold on pepper fruit

But the main damage is done by the 100 different kind of viruses they can carry, and transfer,

into the plants, while zipping the plants fluids.

Cucumber leaves infected by virus
Cucumber plant infected by a virus causing growth disorder.
Watermelon leaves infected by a virus

These viruses cause growing disorders and distorted plants and fruits.

Pumpkin [lants infected by virus
Hot pepper leaves infected by a virus
Eggplant leaves infected with an eggplant mosaic virus
Tomato plants infected with tylcv (tomato yellow leaf curl virus)
Tomato plants infected with tylcv (tomato yellow leaf curl virus)

One of the solutions needed to be taken is to grow inside greenhouses with 50 mesh type nets.

The whitefly cannot go through this type of net.

It is recommended to use at least 4 kinds of different pesticides,

and alternate between them every 3 days, in order to overcome pest’s resistance,

and completely exterminate them.

For further information about this, read this post , and this post also.

Best pesticides for whitefly,

Active ingredients:

1. Dinotefuran                                                                                                                                         

2. Thiamethoxam                                             

3. Acetamiprid                                                  

4. Thiacloprid                                                         

5. Diafenthiuron                                            

6. Imidacloprid

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