Gardeners Beware: Rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis

Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasitic nematode that is the most common cause of eosinophilic meningitis (meningitis with a high percentage of eosinophils in the cerebrospinal fluid). There have been 12 recorded cases of rat lungworm in… Read More

First record of Chrysomphalus bifasciculatus, False Florida Red Scale, in Florida

Samples of a hard scale (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) were collected by FDACS-DPI in November 2017 and in January 2018. All samples were confirmed as Chrysomphalus bifasciculatus, the false Florida red scale. This scale is widespread in the western and southeastern… Read More

Camphor Shot Borer (Cnestus mutilatus)

Have you noticed tiny holes in your plastic fuel containers? You may not consider this damage could be due to an insect, but the residents of Florida’s panhandle have to contend with the ethanol-loving camphor shot borer, Cnestus… Read More

Lychee erinose mite, Aceria litchii

Lychee (Litchi chinensis) is a tropical fruit tree native to China. It is widely cultivated in subtropical climates around the world, including southern Florida. Many Floridians also enjoy lychee in their home landscapes. Earlier this year, DPI discovered… Read More

Termites swarming in Florida

Warmer seasons marks the beginning of termites swarms for homeowners in the United States. Florida’s hot and humid climate is ideal for several species of termites. In addition, our homes are at risk much earlier in the year… Read More