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Category: Pests & Disease

First record of Chrysomphalus bifasciculatus, False Florida Red Scale, in Florida

Samples of a hard scale (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) were collected by FDACS-DPI in November 2017 and in January 2018. All samples were confirmed as Chrysomphalus bifasciculatus, the false Florida red scale. This scale is widespread in the… Read More

Termites swarming in Florida

Warmer seasons marks the beginning of termites swarms for homeowners in the United States. Florida’s hot and humid climate is ideal for several species of termites. In addition, our homes are at risk much earlier… Read More

New pest in Florida: Hibiscus bud weevil, Anthonomus testaceosquamosus

DPI recently identified several weevil samples collected from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Hernando counties as Anthonomus testaceosquamosus, the hibiscus bud weevil. This weevil is currently found in Mexico and Texas, and it causes significant damage hibiscus flower… Read More

Feral Swine

Feral swine, Sus scrofa, were introduced to the United States by settlers in the 1500s as a food source. They were originally brought for agriculture, but escaped and released pigs have grown into a feral… Read More