How To Get Rid Of White Flies Around Your San Diego Yard

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When your plants start to get damaged, and you start to find white powder and tiny white flies in your landscaping or garden, what do you do? What are white flies? What problems do they cause? Why were white flies attracted to your yard in the first place? We're going to answer these questions and also look at white fly pest control In San Diego. Here are a few facts about white flies that every San Diego resident should know.

What Are White Flies?

The first thing you need to know about those tiny white flies is that they're not proper flies. Flies are in the insect order Diptera. White flies are in the insect order Hemiptera—in which you'll also find aphids, scales, and mealybugs. If you know that white flies are a lot like aphids, you'll be off to a good start.

White flies are tiny. In their first stage of development, they are very difficult to see, even under magnification. As they grow, they pass through stages where they are immobile, and eventually become yellowish flies with white wings.

The Problems White Flies Can Create Around Your Yard

White flies, aphids, scale insects, and mealybugs are sap-sucking, plant-damaging pests. When they come into your yard, they're going to directly damage your plants as they feed, and they're going to indirectly damage your plants as they spread plant disease from one plant to another. Needless to say, it is not good to have any of these insects feeding on the vegetation in your yard. 

Factors That Attract White Flies To Your Yard

If your yard has vegetation, you're going to attract white flies and other plant-damaging pests. You can't really do much about this attraction. You also can't do a whole lot about the other primary reason white fly infestations begin. These insects often move in when natural biological control is disrupted. 

How To Get Rid Of A White Fly Infestation Fast

There are a few things you can do to get rid of white flies. You can wash your plants thoroughly with water, being sure to inspect the bottoms of all your leaves. If you have leaves that are heavily infested, remove them. These two methods work great for managing white flies and other insects in this insect order.

When you have continued visits from white flies, you may need to use control options. You may consider putting yellow sticky traps on or near your plants. White flies are attracted to the yellow color. When they come near your plants, they'll fly toward the yellow color and get stuck.

Some gardeners and landscape professionals apply soapy water to address aphids. When appropriate products are used, this can provide another somewhat natural control option for white flies.

Another effective way of dealing with white flies, aphids, scale insects, mealybugs, and a long list of other pest insects is to get year-round residential pest control that includes perimeter treatments. The treatments applied by a licensed pest management professional work to stop white fly habitations, and make the habitat around your home unwelcoming to pests.

If you live in San Diego, reach out to Habitat Protection. Our educated and experienced pest professionals manage the habitat around your home to address unwanted pests using field-tested and scientifically devised pest maintenance methods. White flies are a problem all year long in San Diego, and you need a year-round plan to stop them from damaging your plants. Reach out to us today to get started with a residential pest control plan

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