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Category: Pests & Disease

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 12-Month Garden Guide… 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 introduced by humans… 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 to control and… 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 best repellents are… 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 it be a… 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 UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Aquatic Midges, also known as “Blind Mosquitoes”

Several adult individuals, Glyptotendipes paripes, one of the species commonly referred to as "Blind mosquitoes.

Blind mosquitoes are a type of freshwater midge. This particular type of midge does not bite, suck blood, or carry diseases. However, blind mosquitoes can still be a nuisance and their populations are often extremely difficult to manage…. Read More