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Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Microplastics


January 11, 2016

Plastic, plastic everywhere! We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastic: from packaging materials and cutlery to plastic appliances and medical devices. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastic has been a boon to humanity and an integral ... READ MORE

Category: Home Management, Natural Resources, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Contaminants In The Urban Environment Series, Gurpal S. Toor, Ignacio A. Rodriguez-Jorquera, Maia McGuire, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Yun-Ya Yang
Figure 1. Any homeowner can independently adopt the Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices as long as they are consistent with HOA requirements and other restrictions. Credit: Michael Gutierrez, UF/IFAS

Estimated Water Savings Potential of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Activities


September 8, 2015

To help homeowners predict the impact of implementing some of the water conservation measures listed on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ checklist, this 5-page fact sheet offers a table of estimated water savings. Homeowners can select activities ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Lawns And Water Conservation, Mackenzie Boyer, Michael D. Dukes
caution sign: Road Subject to Flooding

Basics of the National Flood Insurance Program


August 26, 2015

Established by Congress in 1968 because the private market stopped offering flood insurance, the NFIP provides federally backed flood insurance to property owners in participating communities. This 10-page fact sheet covers topics such as: why ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Disaster Preparedness, Flood Insurance, Florida Sea Grant, Thomas Ruppert
Some home occupants are more bothered by their utility bill than others.

Using the Decision-Ade™ Segmentation Strategy to Better Understand Extension Audiences


August 21, 2015

Decision-Ade™ is a tool Extension can use to better understand how residents with a range of household budgets feel about their utility bills. Analyzing households in terms of both income and utility bill "botheredness" creates a more ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Alexa Lamm, Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Joy N. Rumble, Laura A. Warner, Randall A. Cantrell, Water Conservation
Figure 2. Ejemplo de fuentes comunes de perfluoro alkilos para el medio ambiente. En dirección de las agujas del reloj: (1) Sartén antiadherente (Teflón) (2) Tela impermeable, (3) espuma extintora de fuego, (4) envoltorios de comida rápida.

Contaminantes en el Medio Ambiente Urbano: Los Perfluoroalquilos


August 5, 2015

Los perfluoroalquilos--los perfluorocarbonos (PFC) o, en inglés, perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)--son los productos químicos artificiales más comunes y persistentes en el planeta. Algunos de los productos más comunes que ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Contaminants In The Urban Environment Series, Gurpal S. Toor, Ignacio A. Rodriguez-Jorquera, Soil And Water Sciences Department
Figure 1. General structure of dioxins and the most toxic dioxin (TCDD) Credit: Yun-Ya Yang, UF/IFAS

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Dioxins


July 27, 2015

Dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals on the earth. They are by-products of a number of human activities such as combustion of fuels and wastes containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorine bleaching of paper products, and selected industrial ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Contaminants In The Urban Environment Series, Gulf Coast REC, Gurpal S. Toor, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Yun-Ya Yang

Tawny Crazy Ant


July 2, 2015

As of 2012, tawny crazy ants have invaded several areas of the southeastern United States, including 24 counties in Florida and parts of southeast Texas. The tawny crazy ant is considered a serious pest. This species infests buildings and greenhouses; ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Home Management, Pests & Disease, Work & Life
Tags: Entomology And Nematology Department, Pests In And Around The Southern Home, Philip G. Koehler, Rebecca W. Baldwin, Roberto M. Pereira, S. K. Hill, Tawny Crazy Ants
Camponotus floridanus, Credit: Buss

Florida Carpenter Ants


June 19, 2015

Carpenter ants are in the genus Camponotus, in which up to over 900 species have been described worldwide. They get their common name, "carpenter ant," because some species excavate nests in wood. Carpenter ants are sometimes called bulldog ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Home Management, Pests & Disease
Tags: Ants, Entomology And Nematology Department, John Warner, Pests In And Around The Southern Home, Philip G. Koehler, R. J. Vazquez, R. Scheffrahn, Roberto M. Pereira
Figure 2. Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae Fabricius nymphs feeding in a group. Credit: Lyle J. Buss, University of Florida

Australian cockroach Periplaneta australasiae Fabricius (Insecta: Blattodea: Blattidae)


June 15, 2015

Australian cockroaches are the most common outdoor cockroach in southern Florida. Though they typically stay outdoors, Australian cockroaches may also venture inside and live among humans. This 4-page fact sheet covers the Australian cockroach's ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Home Management, Pests & Disease, Work & Life
Tags: Australian Cockroach, Blattidae, Cockroaches, Entomology And Nematology Department, Featured Creatures Collection, Phillip E. Kaufman, Shiyao Jiang

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