How to Treat Tomatoes Infested with Whiteflies

Tomato cultivation can be really frustrating when infested by insects. If you get a tomato that is organically grown, kept pest and disease free without the use of harmful chemicals, it’s priceless. To produce tomato, keep in mind that not all infestations are harmful to your tomato however, be alert.

Keep your eye on the health of your plant, look for larvae and other insects, and also watch for signs of diseases. Many insects are beneficial to the garden or at least neutral and may be feeding on the very pests you’re having trouble with.

There are several harmful infestation on tomato but in this article we are looking at how to treat tomatoes infested with whiteflies.

One out of the many harmful to tomatoes is whitefly. Whiteflies can kill off tomato plants if they aren’t promptly identified and treated. They are tiny flying insects that feed on plant juices, leaving behind a sticky residue which can become a host for sooty mold. These whiteflies are insects that can cause a disease known as “tuta absoluta”.

To control, inspect the underside of tomato leaves for whiteflies or their nymphs, which resemble small white pods.

Here are some ways to control tomato infested with whiteflies:

  1. Soil solarization

This is one of the best methods for tomato ebola (whiteflies infestation) control. It is a simple method of using the sun’s light to control pests such as bacteria, insects and weeds in the soil.

  1. Rotate or space out tomatoes plants and other potential whitefly hosts to minimize spread between crops, especially in areas where whiteflies have been a problem in previous growing seasons. Other silverleaf whitefly hosts include melons and cole crops.

  2. Spray the undersides of infested leaves with jets of high pressure water from a garden hose. This dislodges adult whiteflies.

  1. Pick off heavily infested older leaves, burn the leaves or put them in a plastic bag; seal it and put it in the trash.

  2. If the situation is out of control, spray infested tomatoes with insecticidal soap, neem oil, pyrethrin or horticultural oil, making sure you completely cover both leaf surfaces and protected areas on the stem.

  3. Another tactic is to release natural predators such as Ladybugs, lacewings or whitefly parasites.

Some pesticides are available for whitefly control, but they also kill beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, that feed upon whiteflies.

Warning: Don’t use chemical insecticides on whiteflies. Many species are resistant to chemicals available to homeowners, and the products kill beneficial insects that reduce whitefly population.