Category: Pests & Disease

Feral Swine

Feral swine, Sus scrofa, were introduced to the United States by settlers in the 1500s as a food source. They were originally brought for agriculture, but escaped and released pigs have grown into a feral population across the… Read More

New palm pest in Florida: Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma)

Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) is a pest of several ornamental plant species, especially those in the family Arecaceae (palms). In March 2018, an infestation of phantasma scale was discovered on 27 roadside palm trees in Miami-Dade county. It is… Read More

South American fruit fly (Anastrepha fraterculus)

The South American fruit fly, Anastrepha fraterculus, is a pest of over 110 host plants, including several crops grown in Florida, such as citrus, strawberries, and peaches. A. fraterculus actually a complex of several species that have yet to be… Read More

Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)

The oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) is a highly destructive pest of fruit crops. It has a wide host range including nearly 500 fruits and vegetables, but is most commonly found attacking avocado, mango and papaya. Females live 1-3… Read More