How are you supposed to enjoy your ultimate backyard environment if your palm trees are turning black like this?
Imagine that you worked your whole life and socked away money in order to purchase your dream home in Southwest Florida.
You spend a lot of time and money designing the perfect home, complete with a gorgeous back yard setting…your own slice of heaven!
You also took the time to carefully map out your landscaping features and had them installed by experts.
After a few weeks of enjoying your new home, you notice that your palm trees are turning white and then black and wilting!
Why are my palm trees dying?
That’s a great question and it’s one that had my team and I baffled. As we were out servicing pools, we kept noticing more and more palm trees that were turning black with a white, sticky substance on them (as pictured above).
As it turns out, this problem is caused by Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies, a new pest that’s come to Southwest Florida and looks like this:
Although these annoying critters don’t kill palm trees right away, it’s important that they be controlled quickly because of the black, sooty mold that they produce.
If you think that you might have an infestation, you’ll want to read my good friend Keith’s (owner of Larue Pest Management) free online guide of 10 Things You MUST Know About the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly.
The good news is that Larue has developed a treatment strategy that not only stops this insect in its tracks, but also prevents future infestations all year long so that you can get back to enjoying your friends and family in your backyard again!
Call us if we may be of service and best of luck to you in protecting your investments of palm trees and landscaping!