Tag: Pest

Lacewing Larvae: Don’t Take Out the Trash

I’m not sure about everyone else, but I have some favorite insects I encounter a lot around the garden.  Most of these are ones that I see at work to help make the landscape work better such as… Read More

Exclusion Techniques to Manage Greenhouse Insect Pests

Greenhouse vegetable production can help diversify your farm.  Florida possesses a competitive advantage during winter months, because of much lower heating costs compared to other states and Canada.  A major disadvantage, however, to producing greenhouse vegetables during the… Read More

OFF 2018 Eradication Program in Miami-Dade County

Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Update (as of 06/06/18): The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. There is a map with the… Read More

PEST ALERT: Oriental Fruit Fly found again in Miami-Dade County

On June 1st of 2018, a single male of the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF), Bactrocera dorsalis , was captured in south Miami-Dade County. Two additional males were captured in nearby detection traps on June 3rd.  There is an eradication program… 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

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