Category: Pests & Disease

UF Research Shows Termite Damage Cuts Insulation Values by Nearly 75 Percent

By: Chuck Woods Sources: Phil Koehler – pgk@ufl.edu, (352) 392-2484 Roberto Pereira – rpereira@ufl.edu, (352) 392-2326 Cynthia Tucker – ctucker@ufl.edu, (352) 392-2326 View Photo GAINESVILLE, FLA. — Termites aren’t just out to eat the wood in your home…. Read More

UF Researchers on the Watch for Nice Weather – and the Diseases It Could Bring

By: Stu Hutson – (352) 273-3569 Sources: Jonathan Day – jfda@ufl.edu, (561) 778-7200 x132 Roxanne Rutledge Connelly – crr@ufl.edu, (772) 778-7200 x172 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Calling it a silver lining may be a stretch, but the… Read More

Overfertilizing St. Augustinegrass Could Encourage Chinch Bugs, UF Researcher Warns

By: Tom Nordlie – (352) 273-3567 Sources: Eileen Buss – (352) 392-0400 Fred Baxendale – fbaxendale1@unl.edu, (402) 472-8699 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A little fertilizer can perk up a St. Augustinegrass lawn as spring arrives, but homeowners… Read More

UF to release parasitic fly to combat “evil weevil” destroying native bromeliads

By: Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400 Sources: Ron Cave rdcave@ufl.edu, 772-468-3922 Howard Frank jhfrank@ufl.edu, 352-392-1901 ext. 128 Howard Frank dennis.giardina@dep.state.fl.us, 239-695-4593 View Photo GAINESVILLE, FLA — The free ride is almost over for the “evil weevil” destroying Florida’s native… Read More

Arsenic-Absorbing Fern May Soak Up Toxic Metal to Repel Hungry Bugs, UF Researchers Say

View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the struggle for survival, plants are often at the mercy of hungry animals – but one fern has turned the tables by using poisonous arsenic to reduce its appeal, say University of… Read More

New mosquito-borne illness may be headed to United States, UF experts say

By: Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400 Source(s): Walter Tabachnick wjt@ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 124 Roxanne Connelly crr@ufl.edu, 772-778-7200 ext. 172 Stephen Higgs sthiggs@utmb.edu, 409-747-2426 View Photo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The next mosquito-borne illness in the United States may be chikungunya… Read More