Tag: biological control

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles As the summer season begins to dwindle, requests continue to meander into the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic for Air Potato Beetles. Why would someone request a beetle? These beetles (Lilioceris… Read More

Exotic and invasive plants: Why are native insects such picky eaters?

This is a post by UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology graduate student, Patricia Prade, Dr. Carey Minteer, and Dr. Adam Dale. Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many invasive plant species around if we have so many… Read More

Biological Control For Pests

As spring approaches, we should all be aware that our pest problems will reappear.  There are many types of pests to consider:  insects, weeds, nematodes, and even some vertebrate species (such as the Cuban tree frog).  When combined… Read More

Subterranean Termites Farm Beneficial Bacteria From Their Fecal Nests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hungry Formosan termites farm antibiotics from their homes, which they make from their own recycled fecal waste, new University of Florida research shows. These beneficial bacteria make the destructive bugs immune to natural control methods…. Read More

Lacewing Larvae: Don’t Take Out the Trash

I’m not sure about everyone else, but I have some favorite insects I encounter a lot around the garden.  Most of these are ones that I see at work to help make the landscape work better such as… Read More