White bugs on plants are common pest problems, and it is essential to control them before severe damage is done. White-flies are one of the most common and smallest of all garden pests. Mature adults are brownish with red or reddish colored marked wings. They are small, white-figured, cottony-like insects with smooth, waxy, honeycomb-like body cover and equipped with sharp sucking/bestializing mouthparts for extracting plant juices and sucking plant juices. They are closely related to aphids and cinara cypress, in which they both eat plant juices and stalks, robbing plants of vital plant nutrients. Aphids can cause extensive damage in crop fields, gardens, lawns, and vineyards; ants and certain forms of mites also cause plant leaf damage.
What Are White Bugs?
Most gardeners have heard of the term “white bugs” or “carpet invaders” but may not know precisely what they are. Carpet invaders are generally soil-dwelling pests, and while most of them are soft-bellied white bugs, you may see ones with little white dots on their bodies. They typically appear in late spring or early summer and may infest newly planted areas and homes with new houseplants or flowerbeds.
To get rid of these pests:
- Start by washing any infested areas using hot soapy water.
- Wash the soil and your plants thoroughly and dry completely.
- If infested areas are particularly bad, try applying an insecticide (also sparingly and according to package directions). You can either spray the entire area with a pesticide or rub a mild insecticide into the base of a leaf or fruit.
To inspect bugs while waiting for the steam treatment to kill them, check the leaves and fruits for brown spots and tiny holes caused by sucking sap. You probably will have to wait for another day before using the steam treatment if you see this. While waiting, inspect your houseplants for visible signs of damage. If your plants are seriously damaged, consult with local nurseries services to see if they can help.
Some Methods To Remove White Bugs On Plants
There is another way of getting rid of these pests to apply bug killers that contain either Imidacloprid or Pyrethrin to the affected areas. These products kill whiteflies by disrupting their reproductive cycle. However, they take time before they are killed completely.
The best way to avoid getting infected is to prevent these pesky insects from getting into your houseplants. For indoors, there are several methods of controlling these annoying pests that are easy to do. For example, make sure that any leaky faucets are cleaned properly before filling water containers with soil. You can also prevent them from invading your house by washing soil in hot water at high temperatures. Lastly, you should regularly inspect your garden soil, looking for cracks or holes that may be caused by whitefly infestation.