Tag: Doug Caldwell

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Ficus Whitefly, Singhiella simplex, was One of the Most Destructive Landscape Pests

Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina. Same hedge, about 6  years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge’s failure. Ficus whiteflies… Read More

2018 Collier County Tropical Fruit Road Tour

  It’s mango season and it’s also the perfect time to learn how to grow tropical fruit trees in Southwest Florida. Join the UF/IFAS Extension Collier county team for a half-day workshop to learn how to grow Citrus-Alternative… Read More

Cane Toads Start Hoppin’ When the Rain Starts Droppin’- Do You Know Where Your Dog Is?

Protect your dog from straying into a Cane toad at night- they can be deadly and/or the consequences expensive to deal with at the veterinarians! See these 2 fact sheets: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/09/Can-Toad-update-Aug-2018-BLOG-DougC.pdf  and http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/05/Cane-Toad-Johnson-6pp-2017-BLOG.pdf

Florida Native Shrub, Florida Swampprivet, Has Plant Bug Pest (Miridae) that was Discovered in 2010-2011.

 The gooey, shmear spotting is the plant bug excrement. When scouting, you may not see the insects, but their spotting gives them away. Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species of Plant Bug Injuring Ornamental Florida… Read More