Category: Pests & Disease

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

Downy mildew confirmed on South FL purple velvet plants

Downy mildew, a disease known to damage dozens of plant species in Florida, has now been found on purple velvet plants in South Florida, UF/IFAS scientists say. Purple velvet plants are popularly used for foliage and cut flowers,… Read More

#UFBugs – UF/IFAS study: Tiny wasp controls nuisance whitefly in Miami-Dade

It is Bug Week in UF (University of Florida) and I would like to share this featured story with you of good bugs (biological control agents) working to help us against a well known pest for Miami-Dade residents:… Read More