Whiteflies are common and recurrent insect pests of cotton in Georgia. The severity of whitefly damage varies from year to year based on the size of the pest population. The most abundant species of whitefly found infesting cotton in Georgia is Bemisia tabaci, commonly known as the silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) or sweet potato whitefly. Another species, bandedwinged whitefly (Trialeurodes abutiloneus), may also be present in Georgia cotton. This publication highlights whitefly biology, damage, sampling procedures, control methods, and tips for managing risk in cotton.
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Published on Apr 17, 2020