Posted on January 11, 2017
On Monday, state agriculture officials announced that the parasite that eats the flesh of living animals had been found in a stray dog in Homestead. As a precaution officials will release sterile flies in order to eradicate the pest.
Click on the following link to read Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s statement regarding New World screwworm:
Posted on November 30, 2016
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding White County in Tennessee to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB).
Posted on November 28, 2016
Posted on October 4, 2016
From the USDA-APHIS website:
The presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in Key deer has been confirmed by USDA-APHIS in Big Pine Key, Florida. New World screwworms are fly larvae (maggots) that can infest livestock and other warm-blooded animals, including people.
See alert here: USDA Confirms New World Screwworm in Big Pine Key, Florida
Posted on August 25, 2016
During a 2015 survey, the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae), was found infesting Eucalyptus camaldulensis (river red gum) and E. globulus (Tasmanian blue gum) trees in Mexico. This is the first report of T. peregrinus in Mexico and in North America.
Jiménez-Quiroz, E., J. M. Vanegas-Rico, O. Morales-Martínez, J. R. Lomeli-Flores, and E. Rodríguez-Leyva. 2016. First record of the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé 2006 (Hemiptera: Thaumastocoridae), in Mexico. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 32(1):35-39. Last accessed August 25, 2016, from http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3954/1523-5475-32.1.35.