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Category: Pests & Disease

UF-IFAS Pest Alert: a mealybug, Vryburgia trionymoides by Stocks (FDACS-DPI)

On several occasions in 2011, succulents (Crassulaceae) for sale at retail stores in Florida were found with infestations of the mealybug Vryburgia trionymoides DeLotto. A traceback revealed that the succulents originated in California, where this mealybug is known… Read More

Arboviral Disease Awareness

As the summer rains in Florida create breeding grounds for mosquitos and other arthropods, the public should remain aware of the potential danger of diseases transmitted by arthropods. Arboviral diseases are viruses that are arthropod-borne, and are maintained… Read More

New Featured Creatures! Eriophyid mite vector of Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) Phyllocoptes fructiphilus by M.A. Hoy, UF.

We are pleased to announce a new mite Featured Creatures! Phyllocoptes fructiphilus Keifer is a tiny eriophyid mite associated with most rose species and cultivars, especially in the eastern half of the USA. Most significantly, this mite is… Read More

New Featured Creatures! A mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii by Ian Stocks, FDACS-DPI

We are pleased to announce a new mealybug Featured Creatures! a mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii Granara de Willink Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) inspector Lisa Hassell collected the mealybug Phenacoccus multicerarii, a… Read More

Florida Whitefly Training

Are you interested in the latest whitefly information in Florida? Whiteflies are expanding as a critical pest ornamental pest in many parts of Florida. A Polycom video-conferenced in-service training for University of Florida county horticultural and entomology faculty… Read More

New Featured Creatures – Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri by Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, University of Florida

The citrus mealybug is a common pest of citrus primarily in greenhouses, and of several ornamental plants in Florida. It has been recognized as a difficult to control pest in Europe since 1813 (where it is called the… Read More