Whiteflys on Indoor Plants

Please tell me how to get rid of whitefly on my indoor plants like fine herbs: basil, tomatoes, sage, mint etc.


Hardiness Zone: 1

Sylvie from Mongolia

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Try neem oil or hydrophobic extract of neem oil by garden safe. Organic and safe i hear you can drink it. Sticky fly traps can be cut if needed and attached around branches but be easy with them! Hope this helps.

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Dear Greg,

I am happily surprised to see a response so quick. Thank you.Does anybody know how/why do whitefly appear?Though I doubt I can find neem oil in Mongolia I will definitely look for it on my next trip to USA and will count on the sticky "ribbon" meanwhile.

When I run water and gently rub under the leaves, I can get rid of quite a bit mature insects and eggs too. With patience. I'll get them all! I will also cut down the plants that I know I can sow again.

Thanks, Sylvie

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I had the white flys on my hibiscus plant. I would get out the vacum cleaner and would shake the branches as the flys would get air borne I would suck them up. Need to do it quite a few times but eventually it will get them all. Hope it works for you.

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The USDA recommends mixing together dishwashing detergent and cooking oil to get a powerful control for aphids, whiteflies and red spider mites First, make a concentrate by adding one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap--the brand doesn't matter--with one cup of vegetable oil. When you're ready to spray, add one or two teaspoons of the oil-and-soap solution to a cup of water. Pour that into a sprayer and shake well.

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Dear Kinga,

Thank you, that's quite wise! And I would not have to deal with this issue of maybe breathing all the mists that say "spray in a well ventilated area" since this mess is happening in my house. At least I can try that until I find Greg's neem oil!I am so grateful that people send me helping tips so quickly.

Many thanks, Sylvie

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Before knowing I had white flies they had laid eggs and without knowing that (I know now) I did put some of the basil leaves in a salad!!! Does anybody know if its dangerous? Why do white flies start on a plant? How does it begin? Is it because they were outdoors first?

What should I avoid doing not to get them again when I will use new soil and sow new plants in the spring. Thanks to Mythi for the USDA trick I will try it! Still at the vacuum, washing and squashing stage for now!


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I too have white flies like the rest of you guys my mom. The cheapest way I know how to get rid of them is by instead of throwing away the soap water when your finish washing your clothes you just simply throw the soap water on the plant and when you look down you'll see the white flies on the ground.

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This summer we had an infestation of white flies out side like never before. Since it has been raining now every day for weeks they have mostly gone. The problem is that some have come in on clothing or the wind thru the doors and made a home in the house. We don't have any indoor plants for them to feed on but they keep going thru the reproduction cycle and I can't get rid of them.

1. What could be feeding them?

2. Can they live in carpet or furniture, and since my wife is VERY sensitive to all chemicals and a lot of food products due to an immune disorder, does anyone have any ideas? They are annoying at best, but I fear they may eat cotton products and cause a mold problem that would be even worst. HELP, Tony G.

Please post or e-mail back tgoy10101 AT verizon.net

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Hi, The answers are on google if you type "white flys". Good luck.

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I have them in the carpet under the furniture, and in every room they find someplace to build their cocoons. I can't spray soap or oil on every thing so I have tried spraying rubbing alcohol and have put moth balls every were. This is only temp. Does any one have a solution? These things are driving me nuts. I do not have ANY indoor plants and the house is kept spotless, I don't know how they are eating?

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