Do you know what a Whitefly Biotype Q is?

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It is a significant pest that could damage agriculture, has spread from Palm Beach to seven (7)other Florida counties, according to a University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) entomologist: Dr. OSborne.

Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals, said Dr.Osborne, an entomology professor at UF/IFAS.

The whitefly species has now been reported in homeowners’ yards and on plants in retail nurseries are destined to be planted in yards as far north as Duval County.

It’s also in Broward, Highlands, Hillsborough, Martin, Pinellas and Seminole counties, Osborne said.

For more information about this dangerous whitefly. UF/IFAS Extension in Miami-Dade County is offering a free Pest Alert class on Friday, July 29 from 9 to 12. Free 1 Core and 1 Private CEUs.

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Bee College classes in South Florida

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab at the University of Florida has three beekeeping events coming up in August in South Florida. Bee College classes in South Florida are here for you!

South Florida and Caribbean Bee College

Aug. 12-13, 2016

UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL

Two full days of courses on all things bees and beekeeping! This is a great event for beekeepers of ALL experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, and anyone interested in bees. It is also a wonderful opportunity to connect with other beekeepers in the area. Attendees can also enter honey and other hive products as well as bee-related art into the Bee College Honey Show. Register HERE for more information including a full schedule.

Queen Rearing Workshop

Aug. 11, 2016

UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL

A full day workshop with lectures and hands-on practice where beekeepers will learn the practical steps necessary to successfully raise their own honey bee queens. Led by queen rearing expert, Dr. Larry Connor. For more information. Register HERE

Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Workshop

Aug. 11, 2016

UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL

This full day workshop will cover the pests and diseases that beekeepers will most commonly find in their hives. From viruses to Foulbrood and mites to small hive beetles, attendees will go through the monitoring and identification, treatment, and prevention. For more information. Register HERE

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Protecting Workers and Zika Virus

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:MosquitoandZika

For Example:

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.

Download the OSHA/NIOSH Fact sheet

For more information on Zika from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services go to HERE


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.


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.

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