Category: Pests & Disease

Peanut Season has Begun in North Florida

Peanuts – An Environmentally Friendly Crop Sustainable farming includes operating in an economically feasible way, while maintaining the health of the land and surrounding environment at the same time. Peanuts are a popular option because most producers use minimal… Read More

New pest in Florida: Hibiscus bud weevil, Anthonomus testaceosquamosus

DPI recently identified several weevil samples collected from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Hernando counties as Anthonomus testaceosquamosus, the hibiscus bud weevil. This weevil is currently found in Mexico and Texas, and it causes significant damage hibiscus flower buds. Adults lay… Read More

Annoying Creeping “Worms” Inside Homes and Everywhere Are Most Likely Millipedes

This year, I’ve had more calls about roaming “worms”  before rainy season than ever before (usually they move inside a few weeks after rainy season stops).  “What are all these crunchy worms on our lanai and side walls and in… Read More

Green Industries, Best Management Practices Workshop: June 15, 2018

Extension offers lawn and landscape workshop The University of Florida/Volusia County Extension will offer a Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York… Read More

Feral Swine

Feral swine, Sus scrofa, were introduced to the United States by settlers in the 1500s as a food source. They were originally brought for agriculture, but escaped and released pigs have grown into a feral population across the… Read More

New insect pest in Miami-Dade County

What is it? There is a new insect pest found in Miami-Dade County. An armored scale, to be specific, it is called the phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) that can affect ornamental plants. Where can it be found? The… Read More