Whiteflies

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A.M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci)

Minor Pest Description: 

Whiteflies feed on the lower leaf surface. Direct damage by adults and nymphs sucking sap from the plant, is generally not economically important. However, high numbers of whiteflies may affect plant development, particularly during period of water stress and drought. They are more damaging as vector of virus diseases.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Conserve natural enemies. Parasitic wasps and predators such as predatory mites, ladybird beetles, and lacewings are important in natural control of whiteflies.
  • Spray neem extracts. Neem products inhibit growth and development of immature stages, repel whitefly adults and reduce egg laying.
Minor Pest Position: 
7
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
126
Pest Type: 
insect
Host Plants: 
Sweet potato