Palm Pests & Diseases

Treatments for Rugose Spiraling Whitefly infestation

and for

the prevention of Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD)


Rugose Spiraling Whitefly has been a South Florida pest since its arrival in Miami/Dade County in 2009. The past several warm Winters have enabled the Whitefly to spread northward to our communities.

Homeowners in Hillsborough (especially south Tampa) and Pinellas counties should be aware of this spread, and call us for a free inspection.

Mira Bay palms infected by Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

These coconut palms (above) are only about 2 miles from Mira Bay by Newland Communities in Apollo Beach.

The Whitefly feeds on the undersides of the fronds, then excretes a honeydew substance which then attracts a particular sooty mold which causes the messy black stuff on fences, decks, lawn furniture, and anything nearby.

PalmBoss treats palms infected by Spiraling Whitefly in Apollo Beach, near Mirabay community

Coconut palm near Mira Bay in Apollo Beach

So many beautiful palms are planted where removal and replacement would be expensive if they suffer extensive damage.

Coconut palm near Mirabay in Apollo Beach has severe infestation of whitefly and mold on the excretions from the whitefly

Sooty mold on the Whitefly excretions on Coconut Palm fronds


PalmBoss® uses a proven trunk injection system from Arborjet® for protection lasting 6 months or more.

The old damage will not be repaired by this treatment, but all new fronds will be free of Whitefly.

Injections each Spring and Autumn are recommended.

We offer reduced rates for multiple palms in the same location — even neighbors grouping together.

If you think you may have a problem, or want to prevent one, call us to make your palms healthy!





Texas Phoenix Palm Decline is a phytoplasma disease that has spread across West Central Florida.

The disease is caused by bacteria that is carried from palm to palm by sap-feeding insects that pierce the palm tissue to feed.

TPPD palm death without antibiotic treatments

palms dying of TPPD without antibiotic treatments

It is a systemic disease that kills palms quickly but is very preventable.

PalmBoss can inject your palms with preventive medicine for much less cost than removing dying palms and planting replacements.

And you won’t have several months of a dying palm eyesore at your home or business.

sick palm dying of Texas Phoenix Palm Disease

palm dying of Texas Phoenix Palm Disease


University of Florida recommends:

  • Immediate removal of palms where the disease has progressed to the point where the ‘spear leaf’ has died. This is the unopened spear-shaped frond that is at the center of the palm ‘bud.’
  • Quarterly trunk injections with oxytetracycline HCI (OTC) in areas where Texas Phoenix Palm Decline is.
  • Planting varieties of palm that are not susceptible to the disease.

These palm species are known hosts for the disease:

  • Phoenix dactylifera          (true Date Palm)
  • Phoenix canariensis        (Canary Island Date Palm)
  • Phoenix sylvestris           (Sylvester Date Palm)
  • Syagrus romanozoffiana  (Queen Palm)
  • Sabal palmetto                (Sabal Palm, our state tree)

Ask for a free quote for quarterly disease-prevention injections to keep your palms healthy.