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WORKSHOP: Food Preservation 101 May 16, 2018

Tomatoes and tomato sauce

If you enjoy growing your own fruits and vegetables, come to the UF/IFAS Extension Collier County workshop to learn all the different ways you can preserve your harvest at home. Preserving and processing foods at… Read More

Royal Palm Bug (Xylastodoris luteolus) Attacks New Growth, Spear Leaf Fronds and Leaflets. Neonics are Effective for Royal Palm Bug Control.

Royal palm bugs in fold of spear leaf

Above: Royal palm bugs and fecal spotting in unopened frond. Find publication here: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/03/Royal_Palm_Bug_mgmt_Caldwell__Ali_FSHS_proceedings1.pdf Damage by the royal palm bug  is most severe in spring and early summer. The populations then apparently subside until the… Read More

Florida Native Shrub, Florida Swampprivet, Has Plant Bug Pest (Miridae) that was Discovered in 2010-2011.

privet bug spottin

 The gooey, shmear spotting is the plant bug excrement. When scouting, you may not see the insects, but their spotting gives them away. Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species of Plant Bug… Read More

Fact Sheet: Ixora leaf spots and chlorosis are common. What to do?

Ixora

What are those purple leaf spots? Why are these leaves yellowing and dying? See this fact sheet (as well as video) to grow healthy ixora:                                 1. To get the fact sheet, click here: … Read More

Geiger Tree Leaf Beetles are Active Now (March 2018) on Marco Island

Geiger Tree Leaf Beetles

  Geiger tree (Cordia sebastena) Top Left to right: Adult beetle; larval skeletonizing damage and; slimy, gross larvae and feeding damage.                                    Egg cluster of the beetle (all photos by Doug Caldwell).  Geiger tree (Cordia… Read More