By Ralph E. Mitchell For every pest, there always seems to be a pest of that pest – a predator, parasite or some type of beneficial organism – that suppresses any aforementioned pest to levels we can live… Read More
This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County. The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most… Read More
The polyphemus moth is one of the largest and most beautiful silk moths. It is named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round, eye in the middle of his forehead. The… Read More
What does the phrase ‘all-natural preservative’ conjure up? Salt perhaps, or maybe vinegar? To some, the phrase might even sound oxymoronic. But, it’s, well, a natural in the insect world, especially when it comes to wasps.
Recently, you may have noticed that your azaleas appear stripped of leaves. You get closer and, in fact, the leaves have been chewed right off. If you look carefully, you are likely to find evidence of, or catch… Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No, they didn’t come for a Mai Tai. If you spot caterpillars hanging around your Tiki hut this summer, your new guests could be chewing up the roof, according to University of Florida experts in… Read More
Have you been noticing large webs in your trees recently? Although these webs may make your trees look like they belong at a haunted house, they really are nothing to be spooked about. Enclosed in these webs are… Read More