Whitefly Infestations Vary Across Florida

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Whiteflies remain sporadic in areas across Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Growers and scouts report populations are low to moderate in most areas in southwest Florida. Recent rainstorms help suppress some of those populations. Growers are also continuing to find whiteflies after heavy spray programs.

Respondents indicate that whitefly infestations are widely present across central Florida. They are low to moderate in tomato, pepper, cucumber and squash. Populations are moderate in eggplant. Very low numbers are being reported in watermelon.

Whitefly numbers have increased with the recent dry weather around Homestead, Florida.

Activity is also increasing in north Florida.

Some whitefly-transmitted viruses have been observed in tomato and watermelon.

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