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Category: Pests & Disease

Multiplying in the Garden: Green Peach Aphid

They are tiny, but their power lies in numbers. These insect pests are born pregnant, and can reproduce out of control in a short time. This column is dedicated to a common pest called the green peach aphid,… Read More

Scale insects are common on ornamental plants

White flecks of a different kind White flecks in the landscape tend to attract attention, especially in January. This irregular pattern is not a common site in Wakulla County’s earth toned countryside and manicured home sites. Most recall… Read More

FNGLA DONATION TO TREC

On Thursday, January 18, 2019, Ms. Peggy Machin, current treasurer of the local chapter of the Miami-Dade FNGLA, presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Dr. Edward “Gilly” Evans, Director of the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and… Read More

Highlands County Master Gardener class starting January 26th

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class begins. The classes are every Wednesday after opening day until the last Wednesday in March…. Read More

Lethal Viral Necrosis (associated with Sugarcane Mosaic Virus-SCMV) frequently asked questions

  Recently in Miami-Dade County, several samples were diagnosed positive for a new disease called lethal viral necrosis (associated with sugarcane mosaic virus, SCMV) on Saint Augustinegrass, cultivar ‘Floratam’. The following are the most frequent questions that the… Read More

Pilea Aphid (Myzus fataunae) discovered in Florida

DPI recently issued the first report of Myzus fataunae, the Pilea aphid, in the Western Hemisphere. Specimens were collected from an aluminum plant (Pilea cadeirei) in Florida. These aphids are native to Japan and Korea. They represent a threat to nursery… Read More