Floriculture Indiana Vol. 7 No. 3
Whiteflies have become one of the most "troublesome" insect pests to Agricultural and Horticultural crops nation wide. They have acquired their reputation due to a number of reasons: • They feed on a broad range of ornamental and agricultural plants. • They feed on the undersides of leaves, which makes control difficult with contact insecticides. • They are highly resistant to many conventional insecticides used in greenhouses and nurseries. • They produce a tremendous amount of offspring from each generation. • They are capable of transmitting viruses. • They reduce the aesthetic quality of crops from the black sooty mold fungus that grows on the honeydew they excrete while feeding.
Source: • Floriculture Indiana Vol. 7 No. 3