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Town of Palm Beach News Release

Posted on: June 10, 2022

Whitefly Infestation, Ficus Hedge Removal, and Violations

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Ficus trees and hedges throughout South Florida have been hard hit by the Ficus Whitefly, which causes the leaves to turn yellow and drop from the plant. The pest is new to the continental US and has been found mainly infesting ficus, weeping fig, banyan trees, stragler fig, fiddle-leaf fig, and banana-leaf fig; all species of ficus plants. The Town of Palm Beach continues to battle the whitefly pest by encouraging residents to remove Ficus Benjamina plants from their properties.  

The Town Council recently agreed to renew its incentive program to waive fees for the collection and disposal of ficus hedges from private property, subject to conditions.  In order to qualify for the fee waiver, property owners must preschedule a collection on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the Public Works Department at 561-838-5440.  If new hedge material is being replanted, it must be Florida native.

This new service began May 14, and it will run for prescheduled Saturday pickups in June.  Property owners are not required to use this new service and may still choose to hire a landscape contractor or service provider to dispose of ficus hedge material directly.

For more information please about Whitefly, download an information pamphlet HERE or you may contact Code Enforcement at whiteflyinfo@palmbeachpolice.com.  If you would like to report a whitefly violation you may use this same email address or contact our non-emergency line at 561-838-5454.

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