Green industry professionals of Palm Beach County should be aware of the new Florida Whitefly website (flwhitefly.org) that contains whitefly management information for professionals, homeowners, and educators. For professionals, this site provides access to an e-learning course titled “Invasive Whitefly Pests of Florida”. Following the course, an exam will be presented; professionals who successfully complete the exam will be listed on the website. I encourage horticultural professionals who treat or plan to treat whiteflies to take the class and exam to increase knowledge, earn one CEU, and get on the list. Individuals may look to this list to hire professionals who are proficient in whitefly management.
The Florida Whitefly website is a result of a partnership between the University of Florida (UF), IFAS Extension, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services-Division of Plant Industry, UF/IFAS Extension-Lee, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, IPM Florida, and Pest Management University.
A score of 70% or better on the quiz earns the user one FDACS CEU in one of the following categories: Limited Lawn and Ornamental, Limited Landscape Maintenance, and Commercial Lawn and Ornamental.