Category: Natural Resources

Q and A: I have a black bear that is foraging near my remote home and would like to know if there is anything I can do to prevent it from traveling onto I-75 which runs behind my property?

from M.B., Naples Answer: The Florida Black Bear has long been of interest to people. This subspecies of the more northern-ranging black bear (Ursus americanus) is only found in our state. Most people are familiar with bears (i.e…. Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of… Read More

Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?

from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable “rotten egg” odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water and makes water… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Recycle yard waste

Mention the word “recycle,” and many people automatically leap to thinking of glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and the range of consumer materials we acquire every day. But there’s another recyclable that many of us overlook, one that plays… Read More

Dr. Gullible and Operation Skeeter Stop

  Situation: During 2016, reports about the Zika virus and associated health risks dominated the news throughout the nation, especially in Florida. In response, Hernando County Extension agents participated in the statewide “UF/IFAS 2016 Zika Challenge” program to… Read More