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Tag: Pgm_HortComm

I spy… whitefly!

When is a scale insect not a scale insect? When it’s actually the juvenile stage of a whitefly. That is what some of the local landscapers found out while scouting for pests. The pupal cases of both… Read More

Little beetle battles big problem

Call it a beetle to battle the bulbil. The tiny air potato beetle (Lilioceris cheni) might be the key to stemming the invasion of a “noxious weed” – the air potato plant – that can… Read More

Fertilizing in the Summer

man spreads fertilizer on lawn

Sarasota County is one of many counties in Southwest Florida that have established restrictions on the application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous. Sarasota County’s fertilizer blackout prohibits applying such products to turf grass and… Read More

Palmetto Weevils

Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist Once considered a minor pest of palms, the palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus) has in recent years become a serious problem on Canary Island Date palms (Phoenix canariensis) and… Read More

The Green Slime Monster

I moved to Florida thirteen years ago and instantly hated it. It was flat, hot and humid with few redeeming qualities. It took about five years and a departure from the urban areas for the… Read More