white·fly | \ˈhwīt-ˌflī, ˈwīt-\

Definition of whitefly 

: any of numerous small homopterous insects (family Aleyrodidae) that are injurious plant pests

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White traps lure whiteflies, plant bugs, cucumber beetles, and flea beetles. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 All parts of the plant can be toxic if ingested –– except, alas, for such pests as cabbage worms, spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "What a showoff: Ghostly Brugmansia delivers spectacular garden blooms," 22 June 2018 Figs are really cool plants with a slightly bad rep in South Florida in part because of overuse of Ficus benjamina hedges and their unwieldy roots and problems with whitefly and scale. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 Wasps are notorious predators of agricultural pests, including whiteflies, aphids, moths, beetles and plant lice. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 From a distance, it could be mistaken for a ficus hedge, but does not seem bothered by all the problems that plague Ficus benjamina, like whitefly, thrips and scale. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Need to screen off your neighbors? Here's how to grow a green privacy barrier," 27 June 2018 Pests controlled: Yellow traps attract whiteflies, fruit flies, male winged scales, leafhoppers, fungus gnats, midges, male winged mealybugs and leafminers, thrips, psyllids, and winged aphids. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Flea beetles and whiteflies can attack, especially if the plants are drought-stressed. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Hundreds Of Ground Cherries," 9 May 2017 Lacewings Both adult lacewings and their larvae eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, scales, thrips, and whiteflies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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