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Old 07-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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just wondering how bad you are if any fighting the spiral white fly..i can keep them in check,but my neighbours do not so I am spraying atleast once a week..i am far west central Pinellas..this is the second year I have had them..the black sooty mold on my neighbours plants is just nasty
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hiya Re: to the Florida nanner people and maybe you aswell

Lots down here in South Florida too. Generally I've avoided spraying, but occasionally have had to spray nearby palms to control the soot.

The big praying hands seems to tolerate a lot of spiral white fly activity on its leaves.

I have big ficus hedge nearby, been shortening it to control it and the white fly.
I may have to remove it and start over, probably with small leaf cocoplum that most everyone is going to around Miami. I've seen some podocarpus plantings around also.

Good luck!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I spray when I see them on my nanners. They are also on palm trees.. my back door neighbour has them on her bananas and she never sprays.. I have black sooty mold on my x77 papaya just this month. I been using achol on it with pretty good results ..
I hate them stinking white flies.. I never had so much trouble untill my neighbours decided to get Musa also. So I just spray Neem oil as needed about five dollars a month worth. Mixed as per instructions. And weekly here also

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have them, but they are not bad. Some of the general predators may be keeping a lid on them.
Some people go bananas, I went plantains.
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Hate to say the "C" word. Our best hope to control dooryard whitefly is some real cold weather. Luckily our stems are subterranean.
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