Increasing Infestations: Whiteflies Problematic Around Southwest Florida

Jim Rogers Florida, Peppers, Pests, Tomatoes


Whitefly infestations are increasing around southwest Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Higher numbers of adults and immatures are being observed in older tomato plants.

Populations are also reported to be transient in isolated locations, depending on wind direction. Pressure is also high in squash and cucumbers.

Whitefly pressure is anywhere from low to moderate in the Homestead area, depending on the location and crop.

Respondents also state that pressure is increasing on the East Coast with low to moderate populations on tomatoes and peppers.