Whiteflies are soft-bodied garden pests found on the undersides of leaves on many kinds of Florida shrubs. Some species resist insecticides but can be controlled through other means, including washing off, trapping on sticky tape, applying organic soap sprays, and employing beneficial insects.
Springtime in Florida is a season of vibrant colors and new greenery, but it also brings with it a host of seasonal bugs. Learn to manage these insects to remember the season for its warmth and energy, not its pests.
Got moles? You might, if you’re seeing lines of small dirt piles in your yard. Moles are small reclusive animals that usually stay deep underground. Eradicating them isn’t easy, so we recommend either making peace with their presence or hiring a wildlife removal expert.
Before summer’s high heat and daily rains arrive, we suggest carrying out a few tasks ahead of time. Audit sprinkler systems for leaks and breaks. Sharpen mower blades and service engines. Install citronella, marigolds, and other mosquito-repelling plants. Add flowers, trees, and shrubs.
Sooty mold is a black fungus that grows on honeydew—a substance excreted by plant-sucking insects such as aphids and whiteflies. These pests can be managed by chemical or natural controls including beneficial insects and oil solution applications.
Here’s the second in a two-blog set of articles on natural ways that you can manage the unwelcome pests in your landscape and garden. Here we cover insecticidal soaps, mineral insecticides (some have been around for centuries), and microbial insecticides (some are still being developed).
Want to control landscape pests naturally? There are plenty of ways. Numerous beneficial insects—from ladybugs to praying mantises—will enjoy consuming your pest populations. Natural oil sprays and plant extract products (homemade or purchased) are also effective at eradicating and managing unwelcome insects.
Florida is home to numerous beneficial insects, including Assassin Bugs, Earwigs, Lady Bugs, and Dragonflies. These and other bugs prey on harmful insects such as chinch bugs, sod webworms, aphids, mealybugs and caterpillars. Beneficial insects provide an effective and often overlooked biological pest control.