Category: Pests & Disease

Wilt Disease Hits Laurel Trees Including Avocados

A tree showing the first signs of laurel wilt (yellowing leaves).

“What is happening to these trees?” The plant diagnostic clinic at UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County frequently receives calls from residents concerned about dying trees along the roadsides.  Trees in the Laurel family, including redbay, swamp bay, sassafras, and… Read More

Intriguing Termite Facts

Termites on a piece of wood.

First of all, the termite history . . .   Termites are over 100 million years.  Termites are an adaptive animal to exists after 100 million years. They eat the plant’s fiber, found in dead and decaying wood. This makes them “recyclers… Read More

There is a Fungus Among Us, Bot Rot in Manatee County

Are you finding dead shrubs in your hedge? Botryosphaeria, bot rot, has hit Manatee County.  Bot rot is a disease whose symptoms includes yellow, spotted and blighted leaves, dried leaves, defoliation, cankers, tip dieback, branch dieback, and often… Read More