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Category: Pests & Disease

Bees and Wasps: What to know and when to be concerned

Dirt mounds indicate a ground nesting bee or wasp is present. Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the Asian giant hornet in the United States, but as of today, the hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have only been found in Washington state. Of course, insects can… Read More

Garden Guide and Journal Available for Sale

Your Polk Yard, Guide and Journal cover photo

How do you plan your garden and landscape for the upcoming season? Do you need a place to refer to for monthly tips and to record garden successes (and failures)? The Your Polk Yard, a… Read More

Polk County’s Invasive Amphibians (Webinar Opportunity)

close up of a Cane Toad

Join UF/IFAS Extension Agent, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads and Cuban treefrogs. Invasive species, like cane toads and Cuban treefrogs, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified geographic area, (b) were… Read More

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Bug You

spanish moth caterpillar

Summer rains have begun.  It is hot, muggy and buggy, and to top it all off, the chances of plant disease increases during our rainy season. While this may all seem overwhelming, there are ways… Read More

Mosquitoes in and around your home

Bromeliad bloom holding water

The arrival of summer temperatures and summer rainfall bring to mind another of our summer arrivals: mosquitoes.  These pesky insects are a reality to residents of Florida, and questions associated with disease spread and the… Read More

A New Caterpillar in the Garden? First Step, Identification!

spanish moth caterpillar

Recently, I was thrilled to see a new caterpillar in my garden. I have many host plants for butterfly larva and was excited to find out what it was. It was a pretty caterpillar. Would… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More