It is a significant pest that could damage agriculture, has spread from Palm Beach to seven (7)other Florida counties, according to a University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) entomologist: Dr. OSborne.
Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals, said Dr.Osborne, an entomology professor at UF/IFAS.
The whitefly species has now been reported in homeowners’ yards and on plants in retail nurseries are destined to be planted in yards as far north as Duval County.
It’s also in Broward, Highlands, Hillsborough, Martin, Pinellas and Seminole counties, Osborne said.
For more information about this dangerous whitefly. UF/IFAS Extension in Miami-Dade County is offering a free Pest Alert class on Friday, July 29 from 9 to 12. Free 1 Core and 1 Private CEUs.