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    I ain't no newbie redirekib's Avatar
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    Attention Green Thumbs

    How the heck do I get a white fly infestation on my house plants this time of year in NY? The only new plant that has been brought into the house has been a hyacinth. Most of the bugs were found on a basil plant we started mid Winter.
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    You Know!? For Kids! jsharr's Avatar
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    An single adult whitefly can lay hundreds of eggs and an egg can reach maturity in 16 days, so it does not take long for an infestation to build.

    Get some Safer's Insecticidal soap and make sure you spray in a VERY FINE mist under the leaves. If you can turn the plant upside down, do so.

    On larger leafed plants, wipe down the underside of the leaves with insecticidal soap.

    When I was in the green house business, we would place infested plants in a greenhouse and use some really BAD fumigants to kill those bastige whiteflys. I had to suit up and wear a respirator just to go into the greenhouse and light the bombs we used.
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