Full course description

The purpose of this module is to provide professional applicators in the landscape and ornamental industry with the latest information regarding:
1) a general introduction of whiteflies and relevant previous whitefly problems in Florida
2) the latest status information on three current invasive pests—Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly (Paraleyrodes bondari), Ficus Whitefly (Singhiella simplex) and Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus)
Monitoring of these species includes scouting and proper identification. This module will especially emphasize the importance of correct species identification for whitefly pests. Frequently, exotic species remain undetected in generalized integrated pest management programs. The learning objectives are to understand the following regarding the pests:

• Hosts
• Distribution
• Damage
• Life Cycle
• Identification
• Monitoring
• Biological Control
• Chemical Control
• Cultural Control