Today I read about a particular type of whitefly that could be quite a problem for our family as well as all gardeners in general.
In 2005, a whitefly that is resistant to pesticides was found in about 24 states in the U.S. but it was only found in greenhouses. Now, the same whitefly has been found outside, and it has a lot of food growers worried. The fly carries diseases that are very harmful to plants and, as mentioned earlier, they are resistant to pesticides. That, obviously, creates a problem when trying to kill them!
This fly’s species is Bemisia tabaci, and it apparently originates from the area around the Mediterranean Sea. The fly will get on the leaves of a large variety of plants, including but not limited to: tomatoes, beans, squash, and melons. These whiteflies can, according to the state agriculture department, live on 600 different types of plants.
Assuming this whitefly species decides to spread more and a more effective solution isn’t found, lots of gardens could be in trouble! We don’t generally use pesticides on our plants. Usually the bugs are picked off or they are ignored as long as we have plenty of the same plants which are bug-free. We let our chickens roam through the yard and garden when possible to clean up whatever bugs they can find, but we’ll have to wait and see what kind of challenge these new whiteflies will be.