ViewsAskew wrote:Has anyone in Chicago proper has difficulties with whiteflies? I didnt' have any the first year I set up the containers, but the past 3-4 years they have been brutal. I typically only have a few tomatoes, a couple of peppers, some herbs and some flowers. The tomatoes are hardest hit each year.
Hi View Askew,
I had huge problems with whiteflies and aphids for a couple of summers with my tomato plants in pots when I first started gardening.
For the last two summers, I've been using "good" bugs to kill the bad bugs. I bought lady bugs very early in the season and released them. Lady Bugs love to eat whiteflies and aphids. About a month later, I bought a praying mantis egg sac and hung it on one of the stakes I used to prop up my tomatoes. The egg hatched and also went to work on eating my bad bugs.
I've also planted basil in the same pot as the tomatoes last summer. From what I've read, the jury is mixed on whether the chemicals in basil repel whitefiles, but if you have the space and like basil, I see no harm in trying this method.