As an extension agent in SW Florida, I frequently receive inquiries about spiders in the lanai. The covered outdoor porches here are both ubiquitous and a favored environment for several spider species. There are ~58 spider species in Florida ... READ MORE
We just wanted you to know
The UF/IFAS Extension Collier County team is busy serving the community with science-based solutions and helpful resources - even with the changing COVID-19 conditions that are facing us all.
Current business hours
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A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.
Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly ... READ MORE
Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina.
Same hedge, about 6 years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge's failure.
Ficus ... READ MORE
It's mango season and it's also the perfect time to learn how to grow tropical fruit trees in Southwest Florida. Join the UF/IFAS Extension Collier county team for a half-day workshop to learn how to grow Citrus-Alternative Fruit Trees, ... READ MORE
Protect your dog from straying into a Cane toad at night- they can be deadly and/or the consequences expensive to deal with at the veterinarians!
See these 2 fact sheets:
https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/09/Can-Toad-update-Aug-2018-BLOG-DougC.pdf ... READ MORE
The gooey, shmear spotting is the plant bug excrement. When scouting, you may not see the insects, but their spotting gives them away.
Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species
of Plant Bug Injuring ... READ MORE
My 'Lady of the Night' is in full bloom again (previously April 20 and October 10, 2017 ) and now, February 22, 2018. This shrub is stunning when in flower and the bonus (to some people it is a tad too much) is it is super-fragrant in the evening, ... READ MORE
Pines had needles looking like they were frozen in the direction the wind hit them. This is hard to see as picture quality degrades in this BLOG format.
Pines Beetles Inhabit Dying Slash Pines, but are not Primary Cause
Since Hurricane Irma ... READ MORE
This heavy blooming shrub is an old time favorite in south Florida. If unpruned, Ixora coccinea can reach up to twelve feet in height. Ixora are native to southern Asia and are not particularly well-suited to our south Florida alkaline “soils”. ... READ MORE