Bug Week at UF May 21-27



Bug Week is this week! Each year during the week before Memorial Day, UF/IFAS celebrates all things bugs.

Throughout the week, UF/IFAS shares all sorts of information about bugs and how we interact with them, via social media, videos, and news releases.

The infographic below lists simple ways for you to join in on the fun.

Check it out online at http://bugs.ufl.edu/ and on Facebook and Twitter!


UF-IFAS and FDACS-DPI  statewide pest update presentations from April 27, 2016:

A beautifully laminated identification deck titled  “Identifying Stink Bugs and Similar True Bugs of Florida” is now available for purchase at the UF-IFAS Extension Bookstore for only $12! Click on the link below to go to the UF-IFAS Bookstore website.



There’s more to stink bugs than their smell. Some species eat plants and in large numbers can cause serious economic damage, while some stink bugs are harmless or can even be beneficial to crops and gardens. Accurately identifying bugs is the first and most important step in Integrated Pest Management, and this handy guide can help you tell the good bugs from the bad.Twenty-five important species are identified in full-color photos of adults, nymphs, and eggs; with descriptions of identifying features, common hosts, relative size, and pest status. If you’re a grower, a plant industry professional, a gardener, or just a curious naturalist, this is a guide you’ll want to have close-at-hand.


The UF-IFAS Extension Bookstore is located at:

1374 Sabal Palm Drive
P.O. Box 110011
Gainesville, FL 32611-0011
Phone: 352-392-1764
Toll Free Phone: 800-226-1764
E-Mail: ifasbooks@ifas.ufl.edu


Happy Earth Day!

Ready to celebrate Earth Day? Click on the image below to check out the free forest pest printouts for kids and educators from the Don’t Move Firewood website.

There are coloring sheets, insect masks, even a do-it-yourself 3D paper model of an Asian Longhorned Beetle!


First Detector Statewide Pest Update

UF-IFAS and FDACS-DPI have organized a statewide pest update for Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 10am-12pm.


The following topics will be discussed:

  • Oriental Fruit Fly Eradication
  • Giant African Land Snail Eradication
  • Old World Bollworm
  • Disease Update
  • Interagency First Detector Training Opportunities


The training will be held as a statewide Polycom Pest Update and the conference ID is 7832000


Current locations for available training registration include:


UF Gainesville McCarty Hall, Room G001:

UF Entomology Dept. Room 1027

CREC- Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Citrus Hall teaching lab:

MREC – Apopka/Research Complex/183 & Apopka/Learning Complex/B-111:

FLREC   Room  T-103:

GREC Main conference room:


EREC Administration Building Conference Room 2

Collier Conference Room

Flagler Classroom

Manatee County

Indian River Research and Education Center: Room 100

Hernando County


For your convenience, you can link to the location for your registration above.


For your information, FDACS-DPI has obtained one CEU for the following categories:

  • Private Applicator
  • Demonstration and Research
  • Forestry
  • Ornamental and Turf
  • Regulatory Pest Control