Are Whiteflies Damaging Your Bananas?

Whiteflies (above) use their piercing, needlelike mouthparts to suck sap from stems and leaves. Epingle® disrupts the reproductive cycle of whitefly thereby protecting banana plant health.

Your Answer Is Epingle®

These insects feed on the tissues of leaves and fruits, as a result of its feeding, excrete honeydew that act as a culture medium for the growth of fungi that form a black layer called sooty mold.

Whiteflies use their piercing, needlelike mouthparts to suck sap from phloem, the food-conducting tissues in plant stems and leaves. Large colonies often develop on the undersides of leaves. These populations can cause leaves to turn yellow, appear dry, or fall off plants.

Like aphids, whiteflies excrete a sugary liquid called honeydew, so leaves may be sticky or covered with black sooty mold that grows on honeydew. The honeydew attracts ants, which interfere with the activities of natural enemies that may control whiteflies and other pests.

Epingle®, from Sumitomo Chemical, is a naturally-occurring insect growth hormone that interferes with the the growth and development of whiteflies, and other pest species, including scale and mealybugs.

Proper application of Epingle® breaks the reproductive cycle of the pest, thereby reducing pest populations and avoiding damage to your banana crop. Epingle® is highly effective in controlling the immature stages of scale, mealybugs and whiteflies, thereby breaking the population cycle and reducing your problems.

Epingle®’s active ingredient pyriproxyfen inhibits embryogenesis in eggs, larval development and metamorphosis, resulting in immature, infertile insects that can’t reproduce. Epingle® also disturbs diapause in target insects, which for many species is a critical part of development.

Use according to label directions has little effect on beneficial insects. Always read and follow label directions.