Up Sucker Creek

Up Sucker Creek
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Those darned whiteflies!

I really hate it when the whiteflies follow me into the car - I can't close my car door fast enough to keep a few from getting in.  Everyone is asking about them.  If you don't read the Oregonian, here's their take on the fly.

Don't pick up hitchhikers!

Does this white-winged inspect bug you?  How to deal with ash whiteflies.
The Oregonian, October 17, 2015. By Kim Pokorny

Clouds of small white-winged insects flying around homes, gardens and even parking lots up and down the Willamette Valley have the public more than a little annoyed.

"The ash whitefly, which was first detected last year, is becoming quite noticeable for most of us, particularly in the metro area, because they're floating around in high numbers," said Robin Rosetta, an entomologist with Oregon State University's Extension Service

So far, limited plant damage has been detected in Oregon, according to Rosetta, though the ash whitefly (Siphoninus phillyeae) can cause curled or stunted leaves and, in some cases, defoliation. The sap-sucking insect has a long list of plants it prefers.

To read more about the whitefly, and what you can (and can't) do about it, click HERE.   

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