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Plagas de las Fincas de Florida: Chinches Apestosas


September 15, 2022

Hay varias plagas comunes en Florida que pueden causar daños graves a las plantas. Una de estas plagas comunes son los insectos soldados, también conocidos como chinches apestosas (“Stink Bugs”). Estas plagas, si no se controlan adecuadamente, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Chinche Apestosa, En Espanol, Espanol, Florida Pests, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Polk Small Farms, Stink Bugs, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Florida Farm Pests: Stink Bugs


September 15, 2022

There are various common pests in Florida known to cause serious damage to plants. One of these common pests are Soldier Bugs also known as Stink Bugs. These pests if not control properly can cause serious economic damage to both crops and ornamental ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Florida Pests, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Polk Small Farms, Stink Bugs, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County
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Cane Toads: A Toxic Threat to Family Pets

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August 12, 2022

Join UF/IFAS Extension Faculty, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads in Florida, with a 1-hr webinar. About this cane toad webinar Invasive species, like cane toads, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Cane Toads, Central Florida, Invasive Species, Living With Wildlife, Shannon Carnevale, Wildlife

New Episode from Naturally Florida: “Rat Poisons and Wildlife: What’s the Big Deal?”


July 18, 2022

Rodenticides are a specific type of pesticide used to control rats and mice, also known as rat poisons, but they can have impacts throughout the food chain if not used correctly. In this episode, we will explore the science behind rodenticides, ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: Integrated Pest Management, Lmilligan, Naturally Florida Podcast, Pest Management, Rats, Rodenticides, Shannon Carnevale
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Giant African Land Snails: What You Need to Know

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July 6, 2022

By now you have heard about the discovery of Giant African Lands Snails in Pasco County, which is a nonnative, invasive mollusk. The area is currently under a quarantine which prohibits the movement of plant materials in or out of the New ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Giant African Land Snails, Invasive, Nonnative, Nonnative Species, Pests, Shannon Carnevale, Snails

Florida Farm Pests: Fruit Flies (Drosophila ssp.)


July 1, 2022

If you have seen flies flying around your ripe fruits, it is probably a fruit fly.  Drosophila (a genus of flies that includes the family Drosophilidae), also known as small fruit flies, are a common pest in Florida all-year-round.  Especially ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Farm_management, Florida_Pests, Food Safety, Fruit_Fly, IPM, Polk County FL, Polk Small Farms, UF/IFAS

New Episode from Naturally Florida: “Toads as Big as Your Head! Cane Toads in Florida”

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June 7, 2022

Cane toads are well known for posing a threat to our pets. They are one of many invasive animal species we have here in Florida. In this episode you will learn all about this invasive toad species, how it became established in Florida, impacts ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: Invasive Species, Lara Milligan, Living With Wildlife, Naturally Florida Podcast, Shannon Carnevale, Wildlife
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Bees and Wasps: What to know and when to be concerned

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November 4, 2020

There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the Asian giant hornet in the United States, but as of today, the hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have only been found in Washington state. Of course, insects can be transported across state lines ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Asian Giant Hornet, Ayasalonis, Bees, Central Florida, Cicada Killer Wasp, Commonly Confused, Dirt Mounds, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Murder Hornet, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Wasps, Wildlife, Yellowjacket
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Garden Guide and Journal Available for Sale

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September 2, 2020

How do you plan your garden and landscape for the upcoming season? Do you need a place to refer to for monthly tips and to record garden successes (and failures)? The Your Polk Yard, a 12-Month Garden Guide & Journal is just what ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Garden Guide, Garden Journal, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Plants, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Vegetable Gardening

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