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Category: Pests & Disease

Arachnophobia and Florida Residents

Early morning dew drops caught on a spiders web and dragonfly's wings

The Other Florida Residents Generally, Florida residents are pretty hardy souls. For instance, early settlers required a healthy fear of bears. Florida Black Bears lived throughout the state at that time and were of great… Read More

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning

crimson clover and Celosia

Written By Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian. Gardening once again became America’s pastime this past year due to “stay at home” and “social distancing” mandates.  Many people took up vegetable gardening to pass the time… Read More

Bats- Scary or Awesome?

bats emerging from a large bat house at dusk

Note:  All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life.  In fact, the… Read More

What is Ailing My St. Augustine Grass?

Grass on the banks of Lake Mize at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest.

What’s Wrong with my St. Augustine Grass? The Yellow Yard– About the time September rolls around, while the rainy season seems like it just will not end, some lawns may exhibit some yellowing.  Grass seems… Read More

May-June Bug Season

close up of beetle

Back in May I noticed numerous half-inch brown beetles congregating around my porch light every evening at around 10:00 PM.  Most householders in Florida deal with their dried-out bodies under outdoor lights, in shallow plant… Read More

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More

A Way to Fight Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia)

In Florida, Brazilian Peppertree is listed as a noxious weed and category-1 invasive plant according to Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC).  It was originally introduced to Florida from South America as a pretty ornamental… Read More

Invasive Alert! Meet the New Guinea Flatworm

New Guinea Flatworm showing eyespot

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Christine Kelly-Begazo There is an invader amongst us, and it goes by the name of Platydemus manokwari. Better known as the New Guinea flatworm, this alien… Read More