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Top 10: Boca Raton Spiraling Whitefly Treatment


Here’s Our Top 10 Things to Know the Boca Raton Spiraling Whitefly:

Over the past couple of years, a new pest has spreading like wildfire across Boca Raton and South Florda. Say hello to the Rugose Boca Raton Spiraling Whitefly.

The more you know, the more likely you can stop it.

1) Boca Raton Spiraling Whitefly infests a wide range of foliage:

  • Black Olive
  • Gumbo Limbo
  • Live oak
  • Mango
  • Many different types of palms
  • Several Shrubs and Plants
  • Tamanu
  • Wax Myrtle

2) Donʼt panic, prune, or yank out your beautiful tree.

In the end, it costs more to remove, versus treat, your tree. Most times, the tree will survive.


If you do prune, follow good arboricultural practices and remove any branches prior to applying the insecticide.

3) Infested trees are under stress.

So proper fertilizing and watering will keep ’em as healthy as possible.

4) Use a systemic, versus contact, insecticide.

It’s the only way long lasting control can be achieved, while reducing the need to constantly spray.

What You Need to Look for With the Boca Raton Spiraling Whitefly:

5) A buildup of a waxy substance, and white spirals, on the leaves.

6) A majority of white leaves.

7) Leaves, trunk and anything under the tree blackened by sooty mold.

8) Early leaf drop and reduced plant growth.

What to Do if You Have an Infestation:

9) Call JP Miller & Sons Services to make a positive identification of the Boca Raton Spiraling Whitefly.

10) Hire an experienced, licensed professional who can provide a long-term solution that utilizes systemic insecticides.