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The "Ficus Whitefly" A New Pest in South Florida

Recently, (Augus 3, 2007) a new pest was reported attacking fig (ficus) trees in Miami, Florida.  This pest was identified as, Singhiella simplex, and is a new US continental record.  Whiteflies are small, winged insects that belong to the Order Hemiptera which also includes aphids scales, mealybugs, and bugs.  These insects typically feed on the underside of leaves with their needle-like mouthparts.  Fig whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking sap from them causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.

Counties Infested as of September 24, 2008:

  1. Dade - August 3, 2007

  2. Brevard - December 28, 2007

  3. Palm Beach - June 23, 2008


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Ficus Whitefly Website
Distribution Map (August 21, 2008)

University of Florida -TREC (Dr. Mannion) Website:
                - Ficus Whitefly
Fact Sheet

   - Extension Handouts

and the "Management Program for Whiteflies on Propagated Ornamentals with an Emphasis on the Q-biotype-  LINK

Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension-

Updated: September 24, 2008

Please direct all website questions to: Lance Osborne