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Welcome Our New Chemicals in the Environment Agent

December 18, 2023

At UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, we often get questions about insect identification, treatment strategies, mosquito control, opportunities to protect and support pollinators, and how to apply best practices when using household chemicals. ... READ MORE

Category: Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development
Tags: Fertilizer, Insect, Pest, Pesticide, Pgm_Chemicals, Staff, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
A pine forest in Sarasota County

Post-Hurricane Landscaping Tips: Pines in Decline

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September 29, 2023

Florida is no stranger to the powerful forces of hurricanes that sweep through its landscapes, leaving devastation in their wake. Hurricane Idalia, Ian, and Irma have all drastically impacted our local landscapes in recent years. While immediate ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Work & Life
Tags: Disaster, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Hurricane, Landscape, Pgm_HortRes, Storm

Wild Sarasota Spotlight: comBATting bat myths

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October 1, 2021

Swooping through the night sky, many people are quick to decry bats as blood suckers, rabies vectors, and a general nuisance. However, these miraculous flying mammals pose little risk to humans and are actually essential in managing our ecosystems. Home ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Events, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bats, Integrated Pest Management, IPM, Native, Pest, Pgm_EcoNR, Species, Wild Sarasota, Wildlife

National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

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February 24, 2021

Co-Authored by: Alyssa Vinson and Katherine Clements What are invasive species? An invasive plant, animal or pest is one that is non-native (originating from another state or country), are able to reproduce and maintain self-sustaining ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS
Tags: Air Potato, Brazilian Pepper, CISMA, IFAS, Invasive, Invasive Plants, Manatee County Extension, NAISMA, Pgm_EcoNR

March of the giants: The Eastern lubber grasshopper

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May 6, 2020

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 opportunity to cross ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf
Tags: Environment, Grasshopper, Insect, Insects, Land Insects, Landscape, Landscape Insects, Lubber, Nature, Pgm_Chemicals
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One small mite; one giant problem

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May 1, 2020

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 to 800 eggs, which ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Pgm_HortComm

Industry updates for landscape and nursery professionals – April 2020

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April 6, 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 ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf
Tags: Extension, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortComm

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