Whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci)
Whiteflies are extremely polyphagous. They are a vector of many virus diseases. Whitefly feeding produces a honeydew, which is conducive to the development of sooty mould and also attracts ants. Whitefly incidence is favoured by dry conditions .
- Parasitoids can play an important role in reducing whitefly numbers. Flowering plants should be grown around the field to provide food source to the parasitoids and pesticide spraying should be discouraged.
- Neem seed extracts controls young nymphs, inhibits growth and development of older nymphs, and reduces egg laying capacity by adults. For further information on Neem click here.
- Spraying with soapy water solutions can be effective in whitefly management