Category: Pests & Disease

PEST ALERT: Oriental Fruit Fly found again in Miami-Dade County

On June 1st of 2018, a single male of the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF), Bactrocera dorsalis , was captured in south Miami-Dade County. Two additional males were captured in nearby detection traps on June 3rd.  There is an eradication program… Read More

Common Tropical Fruit Tree Problems

I’ve practiced horticulture for 25 years, worked with tropical fruit for 20 of those years, and just recently I celebrated five years as a commercial tropical fruit extension agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County. It stands to reason… Read More

Rose Rosette Disease: What is it?

Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) is caused by the Rose Rosette Virus (RRV) and spread by eriophyid mite (Phyllocoptes fructiphilus), Wild and ornamental rose species and cultivars are susceptible to this disease. And it has been spreading through much… Read More

Ornamental Plants and Diseases in south Florida Report

I received many questions from ornamental growers about what ornamental plant diseases may affect their nurseries? especially in south Florida. Miami-Dade County is a ground zero for invasive pests and the quality standards for ornamental is very high… Read More

PEST ALERT: A New Whitefly in Florida

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). Is an Asian species known in the New World only from… Read More

Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) update for 1/4/2016

Please find attached the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) update for 1/4/2016: The estimated end of quarantine has changed, to end on 02/13/2016, provided there are no additional findings… Fly Count: Daily Finds: 0 Total count to date: 165… Read More

State of Agricultural Emergency for Oriental Fruit Fly Infestation

Commissioner Adam Putnam Declares State of Agricultural Emergency for Oriental Fruit Fly Infestation Sep 15, 2015 MIAMI, Fla.—Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today declared a state of agricultural emergency due to the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation… Read More