Posted on June 7, 2016
Tips from UF/IFAS Extension mosquito experts and OSHA/NIOSH to protect outside workers to Zika virus exposure. The two mosquito species implicated in Zika outbreaks in other countries are established in Florida. They are the yellow fever mosquito,Aedes aegypti and its close relative the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus.
Rainy days are here, and Floridians can help reduce the possibility of future problems with Zika by reducing populations of these two mosquitoes, by eliminating sources of standing water. UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) Mosquito expert Roxanne Connelly, offers these 10 tips and facts:
Scout your property once a week, preferably after a rain storm. Go out and look for standing water (we’ve supplied a list of places to check, below.) When you find standing water, the options are to Move, Maintain or Modify the container. If portable, Move to dry conditions or discard. If the item is designed to hold water… keep reading more about prevention tips
In your garden or nursery, flushing out bromeliads with fresh water to control mosquito breeding grounds.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released a fact sheet on Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus.
• Inform workers about their risks of exposure to Zika virus through mosquito bites andtrain them how to protect themselves. Check the CDC Zika website to find Zika-affected areas.
• Provide insect repellents and encourage their use according to the guidance below.
• Provide workers with, and encourage them to wear, clothing that covers their hands, arms, legs, and other exposed skin. Consider providing workers with hats with mosquito netting to protect the face and neck.
For more information on Zika from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services go to HERE
Posted on June 1, 2016
Q-Biotype Whitefly threat:
Cindy McKenzie, Ph.D., Entomologist, USDA, ARS, and Lance S. Osborne, Ph.D., University of Florida, IFAS report that unfortunately, we have a developing whitefly issue in Florida. We are having major issues managing 2 biotypes in a number of areas in South Florida. Both biotypes are referred to as Bemisia tabaci. The Q biotype has been detected in a number of landscapes in Palm Beach County.
This is the VERY FIRST TIME it has been found in a landscape or outside a greenhouse or nursery since it was found on an ornamental plant in a greenhouse many years ago (2004-2005). This is extremely troubling considering the issues we have with many of the tools we use to manage whiteflies.
Please click on the link to read A LETTER TO ORNAMENTALS GROWERS FROM THE AD HOC WHITEFLY TASK FORCE
Q-biotype whitefly is already resistant to a number of products commonly used. We are concerned that insecticide overuse may already be leading to B-biotype resistance
For a complete list of resources from the University of Florida MREC website (Dr. Osborne), click READ BEMISIA
Now more than ever, you will need to use and maintain the viability of effective insecticide tools.
Posted on April 21, 2016
Nursery Growers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Florida nursery growers the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage is May 1. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the May 1 sales closing date to do so. Growers applying for the first time may purchase coverage at any time.
Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2017 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator.
- Farmers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at www.rma.usda.gov.
Posted on March 28, 2016
A new whitefly was identified from a heavily infested Ixora hedge a in residential area of St. Petersburg, FL.
The scientific name is: Asiothrixus antidesmae (previously Aleurothrixus antidesmae).
Infested plants may become covered by wax produced by the whitefly and by black sooty molds that proliferate on honeydew excreted by the whitefly.
Currently found only in Ixora sp. There is no known predator or parasitoid of A. antidesmae.
The original Pest Alert was released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS): Read the alert Here
Ian Stocks, Ian.Stocks@FreshFromFlorida.com, Taxonomic Entomologist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. Phone: 352-395-4677
Posted on March 21, 2016
This is a wholesale trade show featuring native landscape plants and select green products for the landscape industry. Growers from throughout Florida and the Southeastern U.S. are invited to exhibit native plants. Attendees include landscape architects, designers, installers, maintenance professionals, municipalities, arborists and other professionals interested in sustainable landscaping.
EXHIBITORS: Exhibitors include native plant growers and green goods and services.
Many presentations and registration information Click HERE
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Continuing education courses for landscape architects, designers, contractors, inspectors and arborists — ASLA, APLD, FNGLA, ISA.
CENTRAL FLORIDA LOCATION: Exhibition Building, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee
- Early Bird Discount ends after Friday, March 25, 2016
- March 31-April 1, 2016 – 3rd Annual Native Plant Show!