HOW TO COMBAT THE WHITE FLY IN MARIJUANA PLANTS
White fly (aleyrodidae) is a family of hemipteran insects that cause significant damage to many types of cultivated plants and one them is the cannabis plant, reason why they are considered pests for crops.
Currently, 1556 species of white fly are recognized. The vast majority feed on more than 500 species of ornamental, wild and cultivated plants. Only some species of white flies are pests of major crops, including crops of cannabis.
Whitefly pests in crops of cannabis
The whitefly has become a plague of global importance. They are insects of hemipteran order, which belong to other insects such as aphids, leafhopper, the psylidos, flakes and cicadas. The development stages of the whitefly are four nymphal or instars, which are the development of the insect until it become adult with a size of 1 to 1,5mm of length divided in three regions: head, chest and abdomen.
His body is pale yellow with two pairs of white wings, three pairs of legs and they have a sucking mouthparts which serves them to suck the sap from plants.
The life cycle of whiteflies vary depending on weather conditions at temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees. A male can live for 6 to 34 days, and a female for 14 to 55 days.
How whitefly reproduces
Whitefly reproduces by eggs that are deposited on the underside of the upper leaves. Their size is small and its shape is oval or pyramidal. Direct contact with the leaves allows the eggs survive dehydration and provides nutrients for its development. The ideal temperature whitefly is the heat and humidity of the summer and in greenhouses, and where they find their best habitat is in the closets of indoor growing without abrupt changes in temperature and humidity, what makes and ideal are for live and reproduce.
Symptoms of whitefly in cannabis
The first symptoms of the with flies attacks that we observe in our cannabis plants is the colour of the leaves starting to come yellowish, usually starting at the edge of the leaves and and eventually dry and causes slower growth of plants and if you do not treat time appear fungi, bacteria and other produced by the insect diseases so we recommend fight as soon as possible with specific products and does not reach more.
How to combat the white fly in cannabis plants
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