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13 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Whiteflies on Plants

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16 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Whiteflies on Plants

To naturally combat whiteflies, you can employ strategies such as introducing natural predators, using sticky traps, and/or applying neem oil. These remedies can help manage and eventually eliminate whitefly infestations.

Whiteflies can cause damage to a wide variety of crops, including tomato plants, sweet potatoes, and pepper plants. That’s why it is vital that you get them under control quickly.

Here’s how to get rid of whiteflies naturally:

1. Neem Oil Spray

This organic treatment has a unique smell that deters a wide range of insect pests. It also works great as a natural whitefly home remedy.

Neem oil will repel adult whiteflies. It will also smother whitefly eggs and larvae.

To use, combine four teaspoons of neem oil with one teaspoon of organic liquid soap and a gallon of water. Shake well and apply under and on the leaves and around the plants.

Neem is also an effective fungicide. You can use it to treat sooty mold that thrives in the honeydew residue that whiteflies produce.

2. Vacuum Them

One of the simplest and cheapest home remedies for whiteflies is to vacuum them away.

Using a small hand-held vacuum cleaner, you can suck them up from under leaves and on plant stems. Afterwards, empty the contents of the vacuum bag into a sealed plastic bag and throw it well away from the home and garden.

3. Soap and Water

Soap spray is also among the inexpensive whitefly home remedies for your vegetable garden.

Make a DIY white fly control spray by mixing 4 tablespoons of organic liquid soap with 1 gallon of water. You can also use a mild dishwashing liquid if you do not have organic soap.

Use the solution to mist your plants thoroughly. The soapy water will kill whiteflies.

Spray in the evening and repeat every few days until the insect infestation is gone entirely.

4. Sticky Traps

When used properly, these can be effective deterrents. Yellow sticky traps appear to be the most attractive color for capturing white flies in the house and on garden plants.

Hang the traps near plants and in the greenhouse. After getting trapped, the pests will become immobilized and eventually die.

5. Natural Predators

This method is at the heart of organic pest control. It uses nature’s own way of reducing pests.

Natural predators of whiteflies include ladybugs, dragonflies, garden spiders, and green lacewing larvae.

The parasitic wasp, Encarsia formosa, is also a useful white fly killer. The females lay their eggs inside host insects and hatch out to feed on and destroy the pests.

Besides, you can purchase most of these beneficial insects to help populate your garden.

6. Handpicking

A simple but laborious method to keep white flies off plants is to remove them by hand.

A soft cloth or piece of kitchen towel can be used on the leaves to collect and destroy these pests. Also, cut any infected parts off of your crops.

7. Worm Castings

Earthworms are beneficial to plants by incorporating organic matter into the soil. Their poop (worm casting) also helps raise the chitinase enzyme level in plants [1], repelling whiteflies.

Moreover, worm castings are often used as organic fertilizer. You can make your own or buy the product from various farm and gardening stores.

8. Repellent Plants

Plants that repel whiteflies include chives, thyme, peppermint, and basil. The critters hate the scent of these herbs.

Marigolds also deter tomato whiteflies [2]. If possible, utilize these as companion plants to help get rid of whiteflies in the garden.

9. Birds

These pesky insects are also included in the diet of many birds. Chickadees and other songbirds are happy to clear your yard and garden of whitefly infestations.

So making your garden attractive to birds by providing some shelter and additional food is a good idea.

10. Garlic Spray

Garlic is an effective home remedy against cabbage white flies and others.

Crush about four garlic cloves into a tablespoon of mineral oil and leave it to stand for a while. Next, strain and add about a pint of water to the solution.

Finally, hand-spray this natural whitefly treatment on outdoor plants or those in the greenhouse.

11. Reflective Mulch

Gardeners often use this type of mulch to reflect light on plants in shady areas. The reflective material confuses these white insects, sending them elsewhere.

12. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt can help combat whiteflies and other pests on plants. Make a spray by dissolving two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water.

Apply the solution to your plants. It will help control whiteflies, mealybugs, aphids, and other pests.

13. Baking Soda

Baking soda spray is also an excellent homemade pesticide for your vegetable garden. Just combine two tablespoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of dish soap in a gallon of water.

Mix thoroughly until the baking soda completely dissolves. Finally, use this homemade whitefly spray on your plants.

14. Vinegar

Vinegar will also kill whiteflies. Use it to make a watered-down solution that is safe for your plants.

Combine one part white vinegar with four parts water and apply it to the affected plants.

15. Molt-X

Molt-X is an organic pesticide for the ash whitefly, aphids, fungus gnats, and other soft-bodied pests. It is a commercial concentrate of azadirachtin, one of the most effective components derived from neem seeds.

The product disrupts molting and affects all other stages of the insect’s life. Feeding also stops. As a result, these pests will fail to develop and slowly die off.

Dilute it with water according to the instructions, and spray it onto and around plants.

16. JMS Stylet Oil

JMS Stylet Oil is an OMRI-listed whitefly control product. It is safe to use on fruit trees, vegetable crops, and ornamentals. You can also use it to prevent and kill powdery mildew.

Diluted and sprayed all year, this natural insecticide kills whiteflies. It is also effective in disrupting the life cycles of many other insect pests.


Whether you call them white flies, white-flying insects, or white-flying bugs, these pests feed on the sap of plants, weakening the plants.

Whiteflies are common on houseplants like African violets, guava trees, petunias, roses, hibiscus, citrus, and other indoor and outdoor plants. You will also find them on vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, basil, beans, and kale.

Using a combination of natural pest control methods such as those described here appears to be the best solution to getting rid of these pests (often called white gnats).

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Andre Campbell

Organic farmer and co-founder of Dre Campbell Farm. He appreciates everything in nature—sunshine, plants, animals, and human life.


  • Great ideas! Especially: to use a combination of methods. And using them in conjunction with natural predators. Thank you!

  • What kind of vinegar do you use?????

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