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Category: Pests & Disease

Bromeliads and Mosquitoes

What can you do to prevent mosquitoes from inhabiting your bromeliad plants?  The information below is courtesy of Dr. Roxanne Connelly formerly with the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab and currently with CDC. There are several options: Remove… Read More

Managing Palm Fertilization during “Black-Outs”

One of the 9 Florida Friendly Landscaping principles is “Fertilize Appropriately”.  As a homeowner or landscaper, sometimes it’s difficult to know what that means during fertilizer “black-out” periods. Fertilizer black-out times are when we are forbidden to use… Read More

Online Pesticide & Fertilizer CEUs during Social Distancing

Online Courses with CEUs Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Pesticide License Exam Prep – Available CEUs: 6-LCLM, 6-LLO, 6-O&T, 2-487 CORE, 2-482 CORE, 6- COMM LO – Total CEUs 8 Ornamental & Turf Pesticide License Exam Prep -Available CEUs:… Read More

Pest Management in Deer Farming: First Steps Toward Best Practices

Deer on farms may be kept in pens (left) or free roaming (right). Penned deer are typically high-value animals that are used for breeding, whereas free-roaming deer are more often used to provide hunting opportunities. (Photos courtesy of… Read More

Summer Gardening – Tips for Beating the Heat

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green   Whew!  It was a hot July, and the start of August looks like it will be about the same.  I am not long in the garden during the height of summer;… Read More

Scientists to study crippling tomato disease to lay groundwork for prevention

A destructive disease known as bacterial spot can ruin tomatoes anywhere it strikes. That’s why University of Florida scientists want to understand how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms. A couple of quick… Read More

Corn earworm

Caterpillars are a common pest of vegetable plants. They can reduce fruit quality and yield by feeding on leaves or fruit. One important caterpillar pest is the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea). This caterpillar develops into a relatively harmless… Read More