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Category: Pests & Disease

Genetic testing shows some ‘Touch-Me-Not’ flowers resist deadly disease

BALM, Fla. – If you’re impatient for impatiens, a University of Florida scientist has good news for you: Some varieties of the popular flower resist the deadly downy mildew disease better than others. Many people love to plant… Read More

Which Pesticide License Do I Need?

Most pesticide applicator licenses in Florida will require passing two exams at least, depending on the specific intended pesticide application and site of application. A) Private Applicator You need a private pesticide applicator agricultural pest control license if… Read More

Applicator Safety, More Than Just Pesticides

One of the main tasks of the Pesticide Information Office, is to help teach pesticide safety, or applicator safety. Applicator safety involves more than just protecting from pesticide exposure. Safety does include understanding the label, PPE, and proper… Read More

What Flies Are Irritating Your Horses?

External and internal parasites cost the horse industry billions of dollars annually. In this blog we will focus on external parasites such as flies. Flies are not just an annoyance to us, but even more so to our… Read More

AI could reduce the amount farmers spray to control strawberry pest

Artificial intelligence that might use smartphone images could lead to more accurate, early detection of a pest that ruins strawberries, a $300 million dollar-a-year industry in Florida. University of Florida scientists have developed a smartphone app to detect… Read More

Ornamental and Turf Exam Review and CEUs on 5/27/21

WHAT: Pesticide Applicator Ornamental and Turf Exam Review WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm WHERE: Virtual via Zoom COST: $15 PRE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pesticide-applicator-ornamental-and-turf-exam-review-may-27-2021-tickets-146481400813 CEUs: 2 Ornamental and Turf About the Ornamental and Turf Pesticide Applicators License The… Read More

Good Lookin’ Grass Part 1: The Biology

If weed free turf is important to you, your client, or your HOA, listen up! There are a few basic rules of green thumb for good lookin’ grass, and even then, it will not stay perfectly green year-round…. Read More

Good Lookin’ Grass Part 2: The Management

If weed free turf is important to you, your client, or your HOA, listen up! There are a few basic rules of green thumb for good lookin’ grass, and even then, it will not stay perfectly green year-round…. Read More