What Is Ficus Whitefly?

Commonly known as ficus whitefly, fig whiteflies (Singhiella simplex) are small, winged insects that belong to the Order Hemiptera which also includes aphids, scales and mealybugs.

They typically feed on the underside of leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts that suck juices, which causes serious injury to host plants, including wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop or even death.

This destructive pest has already defoliated thousands of ficus hedges in Florida and ruined the appearance and privacy of countless residential landscapes.

Whiteflies increase their populations rapidly during the spring and summer months, so the risk of widespread infestation and rapid defoliation is heightened during that time.

Identifying Ficus Trees and Hedges

What does Ficus Whitefly look like?

  • Adult whitefly

    Adult whitefly

  • Ficus whitefly infested leaf

    Ficus whitefly infested leaf

  • Underside of leaf

    Underside of leaf

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