The ficus whitefly is an exotic pest first detected in 2007, it was reported attacking ficus trees and hedges in Miami-Dade County, but now it is found in all of South Florida. This whitefly causes extensive damage to ficus trees and hedges. The leaves of ficus trees infested with whiteflies begin to turn yellow before the leaves are dropped from the plant. Defoliation is one of the most obvious symptoms of an infestation of ficus whitefly. However, if you have defoliation, you have had the whitefly for numerous months. In addition to defoliation, there can be branch dieback. Gardens Home Management Services has an effective program to keep Ficus Whitefly from attacking trees and hedges.