Category: Pests & Disease

Not a lout or a lummox, just a lubber

By Ralph E. Mitchell In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes.  These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out from last… Read More

New Serious Pest of Lychee and Longan Trees Found in Florida

Daniel Carrillo1, Alexandra M. Revynthi1, Jeff Wasielewski2, Christian Miller3 and Jonathan H. Crane4 The Lychee Erinose Mite (LEM), Aceria litchii  (Figure 1), was found in a 3-acre commercial lychee orchard in Lee County on Pine Island, FL in… Read More

Weed of the Week- Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus Control Prickly pear cactus can be a major problem in Florida pastures and rangelands, primarily because of how the plant reproduces.  This weed spreads by fragmentation, so pieces of the primary plant can form roots… Read More

Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

Mosquito transmitted diseases have been in the news lately. While these diseases are not new, it is always good to review what we can do to minimize the risk of mosquito-vectored diseases for the safety of equines such… Read More

Weed of the Week- Lantana

Lantana Lantana is a woody native plant that is toxic to livestock.  Although it is sold as an ornamental, commercial varieties are sterile.  Lantana producers allelochemicals in its roots and stems that inhibit the growth of other plants… Read More

Fact Sheets

Africanized Bee Awareness Air_Potato_Vine_Infestation_Site-_Beetle_Request_Form Alternative pesticides Assassin (wheel) bug BagWorms bird gardens chayote citrus care citrus greening citrus insect and fertilizer2 Common Landscape Mistakes2 Controlling crabgrass in Turfgrass Controlling Weeds in Turfgrass deadly palm diseases ground covers for… Read More