Tag: Pests

The Oleander Aphid – Arch Enemy of Milkweed

Milkweed (Asclepias spp) plants are a must have addition to any butterfly garden due to their great importance as the only host plant species for monarch caterpillars. There are many varieties of milkweeds, from our native orange butterfly… Read More

Red Imported Fire Ants: Where did they come from and what are my options?

They are everywhere. They came from South America in the 1930s and were first reported entering ports in the Panhandle coming in from Brazil. It is the red imported fire ant (RIFA). There are two types of fire… Read More

Classical Biological Control

Biological control is the practice in agriculture and environmental stewardship of using the “natural enemies” of pests and invasives to control these unwanted plants or animals.1,2 These natural enemies may be predatory, parasitic, or infectious toward the target… Read More