The Mexican lac scale, Tachardiella mexicana (Comstock) (Hemiptera: Kerriidae), is native to Mexico and Texas. This species was first discovered in Florida in 1985 at a theme park in Lake Buena Vista and a second population was discovered ... READ MORE
Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat
Photo by Steve Chandler: Bromeliad holding water that mosquitoes may enjoy
For Friday, June 14, 2013 release
By Steve Chandler
No one enjoys the prospect of being bitten by ... READ MORE
The Tuttle mealybug, Brevennia rehi (Lindinger), is a pest of many grass species and occurs nearly worldwide, especially where rice and sugarcane are grown. Tuttle mealybug has been collected only rarely in Florida, and primarily from southern ... READ MORE
As the summer rains in Florida create breeding grounds for mosquitos and other arthropods, the public should remain aware of the potential danger of diseases transmitted by arthropods.
Arboviral diseases are viruses that are arthropod-borne, ... READ MORE
June is prime time for growing tomatoes here in Escambia County, but it’s also the best time to see a lot of pests in tomatoes that can totally ruin a crop. To help you figure out what’s “bugging” your tomatoes, here’s a quick rundown ... READ MORE
We are pleased to announce a new mite Featured Creatures!
Phyllocoptes fructiphilus Keifer is a tiny eriophyid mite associated with most rose species and cultivars, especially in the eastern half of the USA. Most significantly, this mite ... READ MORE
We are pleased to announce a new Spider Featured Creatures!
The Southern black widow spider, Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius), is a venomous spider found throughout the southeastern United States. Widow spiders received their name from the ... READ MORE
We are pleased to announce a new mealybug Featured Creatures!
a mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii Granara de Willink Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) inspector Lisa Hassell ... READ MORE
Formosan termites have been swarming all over the area. A few of the reproductives may find their way into your home. Don't panic. If you find quite a few in the house, call your termite professional to do an inspection and evaluate the area.
Formosan ... READ MORE