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Q and A: We have bats that have lived in our house for years, but they are now coming inside. What can we do?

bat

from W.M., Lehigh Acres Answer: There are 17 species of bats found in Florida. Bats generally live near water and roost in dark areas during the day. Bats are an essential link in the balance of nature. Bats… Read More

Q and A: I think I saw a bald eagle flying over US41 in Bonita Springs. Is this possible?

Bald Eagle UF/IFAS Photo: Josh Wickham.

from J.P., new transplant in Bonita Answer: Southwest Florida is home to many bald eagles. However, the bald eagles in the area (the Southern Bald Eagle) are much smaller than northern eagles. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Read More

Q and A: I have a piece of property with a retention pond in the front and several small wetlands in the back. I am interested in planting around these water bodies, but am unsure about where to start.

aquascaping

from Dr. M., in Fort Myers Answer: The aesthetic and wildlife habitat value of ponds and retention areas can be greatly enhanced by establishing and managing desirable plants. Aquascaping is the planting of aquatic and wetland plants in… Read More

Q and A: With the evening rains have come the thousands of ants. What can I do to rid these pests from my home?

ants

from N.H., in Fort Myers Answer: There are several species of ants found in or around houses in Florida. In general, the most common ants can be grouped as house infesting, yard infesting, and carpenter ants. The most… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

air potato

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of… Read More

Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?

from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable “rotten egg” odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water and makes water… Read More