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Category: Pests & Disease

Beach Vitex is Officially Declared a State Noxious Weed

Other common names: Roundleaf Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper Florida beach goers, have you strolled alongside coastal dune areas and seen this attractive, vining plant? You may have witnessed the presence of beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia). This invasive,… Read More

CEU Series: Landscape University!

How do you identify pest insects? What kind of nutritional problems are common on palms? What happens to herbicides after they are applied? What is biological control? What are some best management practices for turf? This six-week webinar… Read More

Out of the classroom experiences encouraged CALS student to pursue entomology and nematology degree

Noemi Soto never thought of pursuing a degree in entomology and nematology. In fact, she was once fearful of insects entirely. However, through an internship and class field trip, Soto was introduced to the world of insects, confirming… Read More

The Science Behind Maintenance Control

By: Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Invasive plants are a constant problem in the environment. Whether they are blocking navigation and access, or damaging native plant communities, invasives have to be managed…. Read More

Hats and Pesticides

To Hat or Not to Hat, That is the Question. It is common to see pesticide technicians in hats, particularly logoed ballcaps. They are practical for keeping the sun off while providing visibility for the company logo. The… Read More

Tree-mendous Tips for the Holiday Season

Every year, over 30 million Christmas trees are grown and harvested across 350,000 acres in the U.S. In fact, Americans spent upward of $2.04 billion on Christmas trees in 2016 alone. While purchasing a fresh, live tree this holiday season, make sure to source your Christmas tree from local farms when possible. Locally sourcing… Read More

Vermicomposting (Using Worms for Composting)

Vermicomposting = worm composting Do you live in a small space and want to have a neat little efficient compost bin to recycle your kitchen scraps? Vermiculture, also known as worm composting, is becoming increasingly popular with the… Read More

Meet the Jumping Worm: The invasive game changer

Description and origin Have you come across an ‘earthworm’ with an aggressive, wiggling behavior that left you curious? You may have encountered a jumping worm. Jumping worms are also known by several names, including Alabama jumper, crazy worm,… Read More

Hiring a Pesticide/Herbicide or Fertilizer Applicator: Choose Licensed

Why Choose Licensed? Did you know that the person you hire to apply fertilizers or pesticides (including herbicides) must be licensed in the state of Florida? Pesticide and fertilizer applicators must be licensed. Per Chapter 482 of the… Read More