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Category: Pests & Disease

March of the giants: The Eastern lubber grasshopper

Do you know the song, “The ants go marching one by one; hurrah, hurrah”? Picture in place of the ants, grasshoppers. Not just any grasshopper, but the Eastern lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera. If you have ever had the… Read More

One small mite; one giant problem

rust mite seen under microscopic magnification

A really tiny mite—almost imperceptible to the naked eye—can cause giant problems in the plant world. Eriophyid mites are less than 1 mm in length, which makes them difficult to see. Yet, one female mite can lay up… Read More

Industry updates for landscape and nursery professionals – April 2020

Business ‘Unusual’ Although it is certainly a challenge to maintain some semblance of normalcy as we continue to navigate the CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines, the UF/IFAS commitment to providing support for our clientele remains unchanged. Below are some… Read More

Good To Grow! Spring 2020 Update

COVID-19 Update It is our hope that you and your family are well and are staying safe. To say that these are trying times, is an understatement. However, the UF/IFAS Extension commitment to our community, clientele, and stakeholders,… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2

Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes. The insects discussed… Read More

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1

Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes. They can also cause aesthetic damage. To… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

a collection of twospotted mites on a green background. twospotted mites are a major pest on more than 200 species of plants

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More

For the love of bugs!

“It’s a buggy world” is a sentiment that definitely rings true here in the sunshine state. With a conservative estimate of over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, there seems to be six-legged critters everywhere you look. Have… Read More