The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly attack a variety of plants including Gumbo Limbo, Coconut Palms, and Bird of Paradise. These Whiteflies are larger than the Ficus Whitefly already infesting Ficus hedges. The infestations can become extensive, and the honeydew produced by them can create a sticky, moldy mess beneath the infested plants.
As a response to this family of pest problems, a Whitefly Task Force has been established in Palm Beach County to meet the needs of residents, professionals, and other decision-makers. This working group is organized by University of Florida faculty and local industry.
Short and long-term management plans and educational materials are being developed by the team in conjunction with local media, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ).