In this Issue:
  • He’s Bored, But He Didn’t Kill Your Tree
  • Lessons Learned from Farmers: Fire Ant Control
  • Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida
  • Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress
  • Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle
  • Smart Sampling
  • Grass Worms
  • Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes
  • The Predatory Praying Mantis
  • Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators
  • Insects

    He’s Bored, But He Didn’t Kill Your Tree

    Sometimes you don’t realize a tree is dying until it is dead.  A few weeks ago, we got a call from a client who said he had insects killing his trees.  Before having someone drive out to the property, our Master Gardener volunteer recommended that the client bring in some of the insects for us …

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    Lessons Learned from Farmers: Fire Ant Control

    As I near the three-year mark of being an Extension Agent, I think about how fortunate I am to have a career that not only encourages me to meet all our local farmers, but also to learn from them and share their knowledge with the community. A few months ago, I visited Blake Canter of …

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    Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida

    Did you know we have caterpillars that sting here in Northwest Florida? Well, we do and you’d be wise to learn about them and how to recognize them. These caterpillars do not sting in the same way that a wasp or bee might sting. They do not have “stingers.” But they do have spines, also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/06/caterpillars-that-sting-are-in-northwest-florida/

    Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress

    Bald cypress Taxodium distichum is a native tree that is commonly planted in landscapes because it is adaptable to many sites and grows quickly. It is an interesting tree because it has soft flat leaves that fall off in the winter like other deciduous shade trees; however, it belongs to the Cypress family which consists …

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    Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle

    Over the last month or so, home gardeners and commercial growers alike have noticed what look to be large dust particles floating through the air. It’s probably not uncommon to have inhaled a few or even a few hundred of these mysterious particles. Most likely, these “particles” aren’t dust at all but whiteflies instead. Whiteflies are small (less than a tenth …

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    Smart Sampling

    One of the roles of a Horticulture Extension Agent is to help identify pests found in the landscape. Weeds are fairly easy for people to sample, simply take some pictures or dig it up and bring it into the office, but what about insects? Slow moving insects may be easy to photograph and if their …

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    Grass Worms

    If you are one of the many that have taken advantage of the frequent rain in order to establish a new lawn, keep an eye open for “grass worms”. Though truly caterpillars, not worms, these destructive, chewing insects can wreak havoc on new sod. Tropical sod webworm larvae are destructive pests of warm season turfgrasses …

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    Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes

    The Asian cockroach was first identified as a newly introduced species in the U.S. in Lakeland, Florida in 1986. I started seeing this small cockroach in our area about 17 or 18 years ago. They’ve done well recently with the rains and their numbers are probably higher now as a result. They prefer warm, wet …

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    The Predatory Praying Mantis

      Summertime is bug time in the Florid Panhandle.  The weather has provided enough rain for the bugs which depend on a supply of foliage and the temperatures have been ideal for a population explosion. Stink bugs, leaf-footed bugs, grasshoppers, all sizes and colors of caterpillars and many more have been enjoying the lush and …

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    Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators

    Unfortunately, reports from the National Research Council say that the long-term population trends for some North American pollinators are “demonstrably downward”. Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated “National Pollinator Week” to help raise awareness.  National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017) is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about …

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