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Arachnophobia and Florida Residents


October 1, 2021

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 concern for anyone ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: #wildlife, Arachnids, Creepy Things, Desensitization Exercises, EDIS, Florida Spiders, Huntsman, Nocturnal Hunters, Phobias, Spiderlings
close up of beetle

May-June Bug Season


June 27, 2020

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 saucers, or ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Beetle Life Cycle, Beetles, Fungal Pest Control, Green June Beetle, Grubs, Indian River County, Japanese Beetles, June Beetles, June Bugs, May Beetles, Parasitic Flies, Parasitic Wasps, University Of Florida, White Grubs
bright red Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus and Some Relatives


June 2, 2020

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis. It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round. Vero Beach, in particular, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species
Tags: Cotton, Hibiscus, Hibiscus Relatives, Mallows, Malvaceae, Okra, Roselle, Sorrel
New Guinea Flatworm showing eyespot

Invasive Alert! Meet the New Guinea Flatworm


July 23, 2018

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 aggressor is a ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Agriculture, Christine Kelly-Begazo, Commercial Crop Production, Farm Management, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Indian River County, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease

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