Hi There, I’ve read your very informative article about controlling white flies and I’m curious about the possibility of tenting my 3 gardenias and fogging them. They are about 6′ x 6′ and are outside. I could rig up a plastic tent for each one of them and fog away couldn’t I? Spraying is SUCH a pain! Thanks, K.S.
No doubt you can cover the gardenias effectively and then fog under the plastic tarp cover. It would be effective and should do the job. Using our ORTHENE FOGGERS, I’m sure it would permeate around the plant well and the results would be great. But it would prove costly.
Since you would be treating a small area and since the foggers are designed to treat a much larger space, their cost would most likely outweigh the benefit. Remember, you will need to tent and fog as needed. Since the Orthene won’t kill all stages of the whiteflies active, you’ll probably need to fog twice a month at least. That means a lot of foggers. And it’s quite possible you’ll need to do this over and over during active whitefly season. And though the spraying may seem like more work, it may actually turn out to be a lot less work. Here’s why.
If you were to spray the combination of products we have listed in our WHITE FLY CONTROL article, you’ll no doubt knock out the life cycle of the whiteflies. And since their eggs won’t be able to fully grow, a lot less treating will be needed. In fact, I’ve been able to solve whitefly infestations with just 1-2 liquid treatments. And that was for the whole season. When done properly, it can be very effective so don’t rule it out.
In summary, it seems like 6 of one, half a dozen of another. No doubt there are many ways to solve this problem and in the end, you need to choose one that works for what you would prefer to do and what you’re comfortable doing. If you have more questions or concerns, please give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290.