Common Species:
Bemisia tabaci - silverleaf whitefly
Trialeurodes vaporariorum - greenhouse whitefly
Aleyrodes proletella - cabbage whitefly
Damaging stage:
Adults and nymphs
Crops Affected:
Cucurbits, solanaceous, legumes, brassicas, cotton, tobacco
Characteristic Damage:
Feeding causes yellowing of the leaves.
Infested pumpkin plants show silvering of leaves.
Vector of begomovirus (SLCV, ToLCV))
Management and Control:
Monitor the area regularly.
Use yellow sticky traps.
Remove weeds and volunteer plants that may serve as alternate hosts.
Use of insecticidal soaps or oils such as neem oil to reduce population.
Apply insecticides such as imidacloprid, diazinon or cartap hydrochloride, azadirachtin, dinotefuran, acetamiprid, spinosad, pymetrozine when necessary.

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