Category: Pests & Disease

The Plague of Giant Grasshoppers

Lubber Grasshopper Nymphs

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s a giant grasshopper!  This time of year we get several calls from homeowners panicked about giant yellow and black grasshoppers eating their plants. Known as the eastern lubber, these large… Read More

Cogongrass – Pernicious Pasture Weed

cogongrass

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a noxious invasive weed that disrupts ecosystems, decreases property values, and creates increased risk for fires. It originated from Southeast Asia and infests nearly 500 million acres worldwide. It was brought to Florida and… Read More

The Oleander Aphid – Arch Enemy of Milkweed

aphid infestation

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

Spring Pest Problems

Now that winter’s end is in sight, we can look forward to the consistently warmer weather and the explosion of emerging plant life that comes with it. While this wondrous spring event is happening it also coincides with… Read More

How to Water Your Lawn and Save Water for the Fishes

Did you know that about 60% of home water usage is used to water landscapes? That is, 60% of our fresh drinking water is used to grow one of the world’s largest inedible crops! So how can you… Read More

Overwintering Pests: Lady bugs, Stink bugs, Mealy bugs and alike!

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We have seen a little winter for the first time in several years, but don’t fret spring is almost here! As the weather warms up, pests that were basically hibernating in the egg or pupal stage will emerge as… Read More