Dengue fever is the first in a series of pest alerts focusing on specific arboviral (or arthropod-borne) diseases, as occurrences are more common during the summer months. A general arboviral disease awareness pest alert was distributed on 6/15/13. … Read More
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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
As I’m sure most of you know, Tropical Storm Andrea hit the coast of Florida on Thursday, June 6, 2013 north-northwest of Cedar Key, FL (http://local.msn.com/tropical-storm-andrea-landfall-florida?ocid=ansloc11 ). This was the first Atlantic Tropical Storm for 2013. Note-this message… Read More
New Featured Creatures! Southern black widow, Latrodectus mactans by Amanda Eiden and Phillip Kaufman, UF.
We are pleased to announce a new Spider Featured Creatures! The Southern black widow spider, Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius), is a venomous spider found throughout the southeastern United States. Widow spiders received their name from the belief that they… Read More
Mosquitoes and mosquito-vectored diseases continue to be an issue within Florida. The first locally acquired human case of dengue for 2012 was reported in Miami-Dade County, Florida last week. The full Florida Department of Health Weekly Report can… Read More
Having trouble with mosquitoes in your backyard? At least in my yard in Gainesville, we seemed to have an excessive population towards the end of June and beginning of July. I would still prefer to have fewer mosquitoes,… Read More