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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

Why is this tree leaking?

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June 12, 2015

If you see sap coming out of a tree it could be caused by many different things. Damage to a tree trunk or limb can cause sap to leak out. This is natural wound protection for the tree. The sap comes out and covers up a wound to prevent plant ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, Trees

New on Featured Creatures! Australian cockroach

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April 8, 2015

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The Australian cockroach is one of several species of peridomestic cockroaches (cockroaches that live mostly outdoors, but ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Cockroach, Featured Creatures, Pest Alert

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