In this Issue:
  • Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage
  • Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes
  • Christmas Trees with “Presents”
  • Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween
  • Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!
  • Distorted Plants
  • Tropical Sod Webworms Active in Local Lawns
  • Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle
  • Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option
  • A Cool Good Bug
  • Insects

    Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage

    Now is the time to prevent your azaleas from being attacked by lace bugs. The azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyrioides, overwinters as eggs on the underside of infested leaves. Eggs hatch in late March and early April. The insect then passes through five nymphal instars before becoming an adult. It takes approximately one month for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/inspect-and-wash-to-prevent-azalea-lace-bug-damage/

    Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes

    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 irritation of encountering these low flying pest and their predatory behavior. Unfortunately, the thermometer would have to drop to levels approaching the surface …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/11/take-steps-to-minimize-mosquitos/

    Christmas Trees with “Presents”

    Christmas is coming. So much to do. Picking out the perfect, fresh-cut tree is one of the important tasks. Every family member has their specific requirement. “It has to be a certain species.” It has to be a specific height and shape.” And, of course, “It has to smell great.” So, a decision is made. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/07/christmas-tree-with-presents/

    Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween

    The reality of what happens deep down in the darkness of a fire ant mound hidden to human eyes or in the tunnels of a mole cricket where only creepy crawly things dare to enter may be too scary to believe.  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences along with USDA introduced a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/26/scary-things-are-happening-in-our-landscapes-this-halloween/

    Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!

    Tropical sod webworms (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis) have recently been encountered in a number of yards in the Panhandle. The worms usually feed in large groups and unfortunately, the first, and basically the only, sign of damage is often a large area of shorter grass due to their feeding. The arrival time of sod webworms is also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/29/sod-webworms-may-soon-be-in-a-yard-near-you/

    Distorted Plants

    Plants can become distorted for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes nutrient deficiencies or toxicities can cause plants to become distorted. Sometimes excessive amounts of water or sunlight can cause plants to become distorted. And sometimes insect feeding damage can be the culprit. Insects can cause plant mutations by feeding alone or by vectoring disease …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/08/distorted-plants/

    Tropical Sod Webworms Active in Local Lawns

    Tropical sod webworms have been active in local lawns during the past few weeks here in North Florida. All of our warm season turf grasses are susceptible to these pests. Sod webworms are not consistently a problem every year. Some years their numbers are low enough that they are not a problem. Some years we …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/02/tropical-sod-webworms-active-in-local-lawns/

    Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle

    A small, but brightly colored beetle has appeared in north Florida: the air potato leaf beetle (Liliocetis cheni), a native of East Asia. The beetle, less than half an inch long, has a candy apple red body that stands out against green leaves and the more muted earth tones of most other bugs. The striking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/23/welcome-the-air-potato-leaf-beetle/

    Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option

    Being a gardener in the panhandle has its advantages. We’re able to grow a tremendous variety of vegetables on a year-round basis. However, in this climate, plant diseases, insects and weeds can often thrive. Usually, chemical measures are applied to thwart these pests. Some panhandle gardeners are now searching for techniques regarding a more natural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/panhandle-vegetable-gardeners-seeking-the-organic-option/

    A Cool Good Bug

    With all the media discussion of “bad” insects, like mosquitoes, many of the good guys are forgotten. One that has been very active this summer is the blue mud dauber, Chalybion californicum. These wasps are metallic blue, blue-green or blackish in color with very short narrow waists.  During the summer, female blue mud daubers build nests …

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