Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Getting Rid of Whiteflies

These tiny pests can do a lot of damage to flowers and fruit trees. Whiteflies suck all the juice out the leaves of flowers, flower buds and stems. I don't know how may times I have reached for a piece of fruit off one of our fruit trees and had a bunch start flying around my head.

Signs that you might have whiteflies:

Weak or stunned plants

Sticky coating on leaves and fruit ...we sometimes get this on the bark of our peach trees.

Yellow eggs the size of tiny pinpoints on the underside of leaves.

When we get them really bad we have to cut down a tree or pull up a flower bush. I hate to do that but when you have them really bad that is what you have to do. Here is one way that I have tried to get rid of them:

I just found this recipe that I am going to try:

Whitefly recipe:

1 cup sour milk

2 tablespoons flour

1 quart water

mix together and spray of infected areas.

I really hope this helps kill our whiteflies. I will let you know!

Happy Gardening...