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Biological Control For Pests


February 7, 2019

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 with good ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Air Potato, Air Potato Beetle, Biological Control, Citrus Greening, Crop Damage, Invasive, Lady Bugs, Natural, Pest Control, Pests, Predator, Tamarixia, Treatment, Wasps
Solarizing

Summer is Time to Solarize Your Garden


August 13, 2018

By solarizing your vegetable garden, you can kill weed seeds and pests in the soil, including nematodes, (tiny worm-like organisms that feed on plant roots) without using chemicals. Basically, you will be covering your garden with clear plastic ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: August, Garden Beds, Gardens, July, June, Nematodes, Pests, Summer, Vegetable Gardens, Weed Seeds, Weeds
Lubber Grasshopper Nymphs

The Plague of Giant Grasshoppers


June 29, 2018

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a giant grasshopper! This time of year we get several calls from homeowners panicked about giant yellow and black grasshoppers eating their plants. Known as the eastern lubber, these large colorful ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: Adults, Eastern Lubber, Garden Pests, Hole Makers, Infestation, Insects, Lubber, Nymphs, Pests, Toxic, Yard Pests
aphid infestation

The Oleander Aphid – Arch Enemy of Milkweed


April 16, 2018

Milkweed (Asclepias spp) plants are a must have addition to any butterfly garden due to their great importance as the only host plant species for monarch caterpillars. There are many varieties of milkweeds, from our native orange butterfly ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: Aphids, Caterpillar, Ladybugs, Larval Host Plant, Milkweed, Monarch, Oleander, Parasitic Wasps, Pests, Predators

Spring Pest Problems


March 1, 2018

Now that winter’s end is in sight, we can look forward to the consistently warmer weather and the explosion of emerging plant life that comes with it. While this wondrous spring event is happening it also coincides with insect pest problems. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Commercial, Crops, Damage, Farm, Farmer, Garden, Gardener, Insecticides, Insects, Pest Control, Pests, Planting, Plants, Produce, Spring
gardens pests

Overwintering Pests: Lady bugs, Stink bugs, Mealy bugs and alike!


February 12, 2018

We have seen a little winter for the first time in several years, but don’t fret spring is almost here! As the weather warms up, pests that were basically hibernating in the egg or pupal stage will emerge as adults from their overwintering ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Eggs, Garden, Insecticidal, Lady Bugs, Landscape, Larvae, Mealybugs, Overwintering, Pests, Scale, Stink Bugs

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