Posted: Oct 17, 2012 10:00 AM
Updated: Oct 17, 2012 10:04 AM
When fall arrives - I can't seem to resist taking a few plants in for winter. Unfortunately a few whiteflies often try to hitch a ride in with the plants.
Check for these pests before moving plants indoors. Gently shake your garden plants and watch them disperse. If they're on your tomatoes they probably laid eggs on the tropicals you plan to move indoors.
White fly insects suck plant juices often causing stunted growth as well as yellow and brown leaves as they secrete a clear sticky substance. Most healthy outdoor plants can tolerate their feeding and cold winters will kill them.
Indoor plants growing in less-than-ideal conditions suffer.
Use homemade or commercial yellow sticky traps to reduce the population. This may be enough.
If not, horticulture and neem oil are organic control options. Follow label directions carefully.