In this Issue:
  • Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle
  • Smart Sampling
  • Grass Worms
  • Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes
  • The Predatory Praying Mantis
  • Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators
  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring ……..
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • My Tree Has Tumors
  • Benefit from Beneficial Insects
  • Insects

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/02/whiteflies-invade-the-panhandle/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/18/smart-sampling/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/17/grass-worms/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/21/small-cockroaches-flying-into-homes/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/14/the-predatory-praying-mantis/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/celebrating-and-attracting-pollinators/

    It’s Raining, It’s Pouring ……..

    Recent rains in the panhandle have kept many gardeners indoors. While we’re mostly watching the rain from inside, there are some lawn and landscape tasks to consider.   The most obvious is to turn off any automatic irrigation systems. Although rain shut-off devices are required for all automatic irrigation systems in Florida, many homeowners’ systems …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/its-raining-its-pouring/

    Butterfly Gardening

    Have you been thinking about creating a butterfly garden but don’t know where to start? Afraid it’s too much upkeep or has to look wild and untamed? Spend a Saturday morning with the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners of Bay County to see how to design, install, and maintain a colorful low maintenance butterfly garden. Next Saturday, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/26/butterfly-gardening/

    My Tree Has Tumors

    As oak trees are now fully leafing out and people start hanging out in the shade of the canopy, many of you are noticing strange growths on the branches. They look like potatoes, spiky cones and fuzz balls on the leaves and stems.  Don’t worry.  It’s just a harmless wasp that chose that tree to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/25/my-tree-has-tumors/

    Benefit from Beneficial Insects

    A number of summers ago, I noticed whiteflies on a confederate rose plant in my landscape. I considered using an insecticide to control the whiteflies but decided against doing so after taking a closer look. What I found was a population of ladybugs – eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. Ladybug adults and larvae eat whiteflies, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/11/benefit-from-beneficial-insects/

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