Category: Pests & Disease

An Early Onset Of Spring Means An Insect Feast For Spiders

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The early arrival of spring in Wakulla County, and the rest of north Florida in 2017, portends the possibility of some interesting occurrences.  If the pattern holds and a late season… Read More

Wicked Weeds: A Tangled Tale Of Thorny Smilax

  By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Certainly, Sleeping Beauty’s narcoleptic respite was secured by this plant. It is the very image of a noxious bramble which could be conjured up by an imaginative and resolute wicked… Read More

Lovebugs Are Just One Of Florida’s Many Flying Pests

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director It is true, Florida has flying bugs and some really are a nuisance. Unfortunately, Hurricane Hermine has not helped matters by dumping excessive rain on the area. A top candidate for… Read More

Aphids Are The Insect World’s Villain

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Horror movies have, for over a century, featured a pantheon of destructive creatures rampaging through the world. Their characteristics have varied over the decades, but they always manage to return. In… Read More

Carpenter Bees Nest In Dead Wood – Including Houses

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The hectic pace to contemporary life can justifiably be compared to the seemingly erratic behavior of insect pollinators. Darting from flower to flower with no apparently logical progression for choice of… Read More

Carpet Beetles Are Small, But Can Cause Big Damage

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director As contrite and well-worn as the statement is, springtime is truly the season of renewal and rebirth. The warming temperatures and ample rain, with last weekend’s precipitation being a little too… Read More

Be On The Lookout For Places Where Mosquitoes Breed

Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director It is an often made wish of summer that the cold weather of winter will kill all the mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums. This climactic fete would spare people, pets and livestock the… Read More