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The Plant Producer Newsletter: In This Issue (pages):state-newsletter-fall-2016

1 Pesticide Spills: Preparation, Prevention…Get 1 free CORE pesticide credit, 2016

1,2 Pest Update: Whitefly Biotype Q

4 Danger in an Empty Container

5 Three New Crapemyrtles Released by USDA

6 Tech & Business

7 Research Highlights

8 Grower Spotlight

9 UF /IFAS Online Course for Disease (weeds) Management for Growers


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Zika vector control video

Enjoy this new video of how to control Zika vector (mosquitoes)

The title of the song is: Zika 101 

Enjoy while learning:

A rap video with simple steps for personal protection against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two known mosquito vectors of Zika virus. Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites and taking actions to limit mosquitoes on your property. The mosquitoes that spread Zika develop exclusively in small containers commonly found holding water around the yard.

Zika: OSHA guidelines for outdoor workers

OSHA Zika protection outdoor workers

OSHA guidelines for outdoor workers:

OSHA recommends employers train workers on how to protect themselves  about the importance of eliminating areas where mosquitoes breed on the work site.

In addition, OSHA suggests employers provide insect repellents and protective clothing and encourage their use.

Some recommendation on how to protect yourself inside this helpful fact sheet are:

  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin or another EPA-registered active ingredient on skin that is not covered by clothing. Always follow label precautions.
  • If using permethrin, spray it on clothing and gear only—not directly on skin.
  • Get rid of sources of standing water (e.g., tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels) whenever possible to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas.
  • OSHA and NIOSH recommend that you talk to your supervisor(s) about any outdoor work assignment(s) or travel to Zika-affected areas if you are or may become pregnant, or, for males, if your sexual partner is or may become pregnant. Consult CDC information on Zika virus and pregnancy: www.cdc.gov/zika.

For more information, read the fact sheet from OSHA on Zika protection workers: OSHA Zika protection workers


Do you know what a Whitefly Biotype Q is?

whitefly Q

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.

whitefly QClick on the flyer for more info