Category: Pests & Disease (Agriculture)

Q and A: With the evening rains have come the thousands of ants. What can I do to rid these pests from my home?

from N.H., in Fort Myers Answer: There are several species of ants found in or around houses in Florida. In general, the most common ants can be grouped as house infesting, yard infesting, and carpenter ants. The most… Read More

UF study: Cloning insect-fungus duo kills 500 million trees

By: Ellison Langford; Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Laurel wilt disease has killed as many as half-a-billion trees. And, a new study by a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

Spraying Soapy Water Correctly and Other Low Toxic Pesticides

Using low toxic pesticides, like soapy water, is a great idea. You can help control pest populations like aphids, thrips, mealybug, and even white fly. When using soapy water (solution recipe: http://bit.ly/2nElF3U), try to spray early in the… Read More

UF study helps save revenue, farms from wireworms

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Scientists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are helping state growers save money by managing wireworms in their sweet potato farms. Wireworms became a problem in Florida after sweet… Read More

What is happening to the palms?

Over the past year I have had several calls of people concerned about the decline of their iconic Cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) for no apparent reason. There is a relatively new palm disease that is affecting our cabbage… Read More

Soil Solarization

Summer in Florida is rapidly approaching and at this point, many farmers/gardeners take this time to take a break from their growing cycle, and use the summer months (June to August) to clean and reinvigorate their soil. They… Read More