Whitefly Facts & Information
Protect your home or business from whiteflies by learning techniques for identification and control.
How do I get rid of whiteflies?
What Orkin Does
Many species of whitefly have become resistant to some commercially available pesticides, and growers may need to explore other options such as sticky traps to combat an infestation. Contact your local Orkin branch office to learn what Orkin can do for you.
Behavior, Diet & Habits
Whiteflies might be mistaken for a fly, but they are not actually members of the fly family. They are belong to the order of true bugs Hemiptera.
Whiteflies have two pair of powdery, mothlike wings as adults.
These insects thrive in tropical and subtropical regions and are becoming increasingly troublesome for large-scale agricultural farms. Economic losses from white fly infestations are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The diet of whiteflies consists of juices they extract from plants. All stages usually are found on the underside of plant leaves.
Reproduction & Life Cycle
Whiteflies have a rapid reproduction cycle and cause significant damage to garden and potted plants. Females deposit between 200 and 400 eggs.