Category: Pests & Disease

UF entomologist Roxanne Connelly leads American Mosquito Control Association

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When questions arise about mosquito control, University of Florida entomologist Roxanne Connelly is one of the state’s most sought-after experts. Now, that expertise has earned her the… Read More

Huge, aggressive mosquito may be abundant in Florida this summer, UF/IFAS expert warns

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If mosquitoes were motorcycles, the species known as Psorophora ciliata would be a Harley-Davidson – big, bold, made in America and likely to be abundant in Florida… Read More

UF/IFAS expert: Female mosquitoes become savvy about other-species suitors

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Talk about meeting Mr. Wrong. Female yellow fever mosquitoes sometimes contend with the courtship and mating efforts of males from another, competing species – the Asian tiger… Read More

Soil “transplants” may hinder Diaprepes weevil in flatwoods citrus, UF/IFAS researchers say

  Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image.   Adult Diaprepes citrus weevil. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Diaprepes citrus weevil is often more… Read More

Two UF/IFAS faculty members honored for international work, influence

Nan-Yao Su, right, is congratulated by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. Click here for high-res image.   Clyde Fraisse, right, is congratulated by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and… Read More

UF/IFAS entomology department is new home to School of Ants project

  Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The nationwide School of Ants has set up shop at the University of Florida, but picnickers can relax – none of its “students” are the six-legged… Read More

UF/IFAS study shows invasive leaf beetle could threaten cole crops in cold climates

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gulf Coast farmers know that the invasive yellowmargined leaf beetle loves cooler temperatures, devouring leaves on turnips and other cole crops in fall and winter; now, a… Read More

Push-pull approach could keep Western flower thrips off peppers, UF/IFAS researchers say

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Repelling Western flower thrips from Florida’s bell peppers could be as simple as giving the insects a push and… Read More

Crazy ant control strategies taking shape for UF/IFAS researchers

Photo cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Their name is comical, but when crazy ants infest a neighborhood it’s no laughing matter. The fast-moving, invasive insects are present in Florida and several other… Read More