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Florida Is So Nice Everything Wants To Live Here, Including Non-Native Animals And Plants!


May 15, 2020

“Invasions of exotic species cost Floridians over $500 million per year” -Ivegot1.org. May 16th-23rd is Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week and there will be plenty of educational resources to check out during this time to expand your ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Anole, Brazilian Pepper, Cane Toad, Collier County, Control, Critter Corner, FISAW, FLinvasives, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Invasive Species, Lionfish, Plants, Poisonous, SW FL, Venomous

Snow-bush (Breynia disticha) Caterpillars Are Busy Year-Round in South Florida


November 21, 2019

Picture on top is a healthy snow-bush hedge and picture below it shows a caterpillar ravaged hedge and below that, caterpillars that have no foliage left, start stripping bark on twigs (pic by Joe Devito, RSW; all other pics by Doug ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: Caterpillars In Florida; Breynia Spanworm; Woody Ornamentals Landscape Pests;

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.


December 18, 2018

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year. Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease,
Tags: Coleosporium Plumeria, Doug Caldwell, Erysiphe Sp., Frangipani Pests, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Powdery Mildew
rugose spiraling whitefly effects closeup

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Popping Up on Coconut Palms- Oct. 2018


October 24, 2018

Above: Spiraling whiteflies smother a gumbo-limbo (Pic: Kim Gable, UF |IFAS Extension Key West). Bottom: Close-up of spiraling whitefly (Pic. Holly Glenn, UF|IFAS Homestead TREC). Note the sucking mouthparts.   The ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Aleuroctonus Vittatus (Eulophidae), Biocontrol, Dinotefuran, Imidacloprid, IPM, Landscape Pests
Ficus whitefly damage

Ficus Whitefly, Singhiella simplex, was One of the Most Destructive Landscape Pests


October 9, 2018

Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina. Same hedge, about 6 years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge's failure. Ficus ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Ahmed, Baeoentedon Balios, Collier County Extension, Doug Caldwell, DPI, Ficus Dieback, IPM, Lady Beetles, UF/IFAS, Whitefly
Bucida staining

Do You Have Rusty Staining Under the Old Bucida (Black Olive) Tree? It’s the caterpillars or galls.


May 16, 2018

Staining is caused by caterpillar frass and string-bean-like mite galls, not plant leaves or fruit. It doesn't occur every year so there is no need to remove trees because of the staining. In an attempt to reduce homeowner complaints and ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: Black Olive, Bucida Buceras, Garella ( Characoma ) Nilotica Eriophyid Mites, Staining

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