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Category: Pests & Disease

Venomous and Nonvenomous Snakes in Florida

Nonvenomous Rat Snake

Venomous and nonvenomous snakes are a natural part of the Florida environment. Unfortunately, many people suffer from ophidiophobia –  which is a strong anxiety toward all snakes (Schaefer 2019).  Having increased knowledge of which snakes… Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

atala butterfly

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant,… Read More

Peters’s Rock Agama on the Treasure Coast

Rainbow agama

A new UF/IFAS EDIS document “Peters’s rock agama in Florida” is now available here. People throughout central and south Florida are seeing this eyecatching nonnative reptile.  This nonnative reptile species in Florida is most notable… Read More

Bromeliads and Mosquitoes

Mosquito

What can you do to prevent mosquitoes from inhabiting your bromeliad plants?  The information below is courtesy of Dr. Roxanne Connelly formerly with the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab and currently with CDC. There are… Read More

UF/IFAS Faculty Celebrate Successful Completion of the Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program

Air Potato Leaf Beetles

Research and extension faculty with UF/IFAS have reached successful completion of the five-year Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program. UF/IFAS project partners are: Dr. Carey Minteer (lead) with the Indian River Research and Education Center… 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

Biological Control Successes in Florida

air potato leaf beetles

A UF/IFAS publication is available showcasing biological control success stories in Florida.  UF/IFAS Research and Extension specialists are addressing the invasive plant and insect problem in Florida. These experts develop integrated pest management techniques that… Read More