The glasshouse whitefly
) is a species of tropical origin (from Brazil or South Mexico). Nowadays it is a wide spread pest of agricultural and flower-ornamental crops (more than 300 plant species) in outdoor planting and glass-covered ground. Larvae and adult insects feed on plant sap preventing their growth and development. The body is 1.0–1.5 mm in length, yellowish, oblong, covered with a white meal waxen coating. The insect multiplies in a greenhouse all the year and reproduces 10–15 generations. The full development duration of one generation at a temperature of -5°C and in some cases up to -12°C.
How to fight glasshouse whitefly
For glasshouse whitefly control you should use yellow sticky traps, which can allow you to decide the exact terms of fighting. When the number of whitefly increases, you should release the predatory insects. You can also use Encarsia Formosa, Eretmocerus eremicus, Amblyseius swirskii species.