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Little white flies on my okra!

HELP, my okra plants are infested with trillions of little white flies! What should I do? Will the garden hose take care of them? All I have to to is barely touch the plants and swarms and swarms of the nasty flies go everywhere!!!
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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

- do you have a portable vac ? let them swarm and pick them off in the air
- spray underside of leaves with insecticidal soap or properly mixed neem or spinosad IF you see classic rings of eggs
- water spray with hose should help to reduce adult population also
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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

I have a portable van. It's not very strong though. I'll stay with the hose this afternoon and spray underneath the leaves with insecticidal soap to see if that works. If not, I'll try the vacuum. Thanks Applestar!

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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

Let them have it.
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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

I blasted with the hose this afternoon and flies went everywhere in major swarms. I just got through spraying with insecticidal soap, but I didn't have much, and didn't make it far. It's hard spraying approximately 20 huge plants. I'll have to just mix up some Spinosad.

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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

like I said, concentrate on treating for the eggs and nymphs — they don’t fly away and are vulnerable

vacuuming them when flying is effective — think Incredibles — “ NO CAPE!”
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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

I'll try the vacuum, but the fly infestation is so severe I'm afraid I'm at a loss. I was out pruning and every plant that I touched sent off a sworm of those white flies. They're too bad! I've never seen anything like it, I've NEVER had problems with them!

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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

I’ve read that whiteflies are one of those super pesticide resistant pests by now due to overuse/adaptation ....


... this is just my personal impression, not based on any factual research, but around here, unusual pest infestation typically occurred after hurricane/tropical storm system has dragged from southwest or up the coastline and through this area.
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Re: Little white flies on my okra!

My pest population seems to be bad BEFORE a hurricane... Delta is on the way. Say, maybe if I get heavy rain from it, that'll take care of the adults. Tomorrow I'll try the vacuum, but it will take several times to get a bunch.

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