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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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Biological Control in Action!

Every day, if I get home before the sun goes down, I like to walk around my garden and see how things are growing. At this time of year there are always new surprises in the garden – plants leafing out after a winter break, new flower buds and blooms, and of course sometimes garden …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/05/biological-control-in-action/

How Can I Control Those Pesky Mosquitoes?

Are you plagued with mosquitoes in your yard? Does it seem like you have a greater infestation than your neighbors? There may be some solutions to solve the problem other than using pesticides that negatively impact beneficial insects in your landscape. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can transmit serious diseases such as: eastern equine …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/09/how-can-i-control-those-pesky-mosquitoes/

Design Your Own Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at in your landscape; they serve as important pollinators and indicators of the health of our environment. Attracting them to your garden and incorporating some features to get them to stay and make it their home involves a little planning ahead of time for optimum results. Choose a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/07/07/design-your-own-butterfly-garden/

Insect Problems in the Heat of Summer

Scale insects are one of the most serious problems homeowners face on ornamentals this time of year.  The most common are armored scale, soft scale, and mealybugs.   They cause damage by sucking plant fluids from the leaves, stems, and sometimes roots.  Some species feed on the underside of the leaves which can appear as yellowing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/05/08/insect-problems-in-the-heat-of-summer/

Insectary Meadows Provide Food for Pollinators and Homes for Good Bugs

Bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate and continue to vanish without a trace. Why should anyone care? Well, they matter a lot more than most people think. Bees are the overwhelmingly dominant pollinator for most food crops. Native bees in the United States are responsible for pollinating over $15 billion worth of agricultural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/28/insectary-meadows-provide-food-for-pollinators-and-homes-for-good-bugs/

Monitor for Mole Crickets

Many people treat their lawn with an insecticide when they see mole crickets in the spring or at the first sign of a brown area in their lawn. What they don’t understand is the biology of this pest.  Mole crickets spend the winter as adults in the soil. As temperatures warm in late February and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/20/monitor-for-mole-crickets/

Bring Life to Your Garden with Butterflies!

Attracting Butterflies into Your Landscape Have you been itching to add some life and color into your landscape? Why not plant a butterfly garden?! Butterfly gardens are a great way to add movement and life to an otherwise stagnant landscape. Most butterfly gardens are not only an attractant for our Florida butterflies, but are also …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/08/04/bring-life-to-your-garden-with-butterflies/

A Fluffy Woolly Mass on Woody Plants

Homeowner accounts of white fluffy woolly masses on woody ornamentals have been on the rise.  They can appear on the ends of a wide variety of woody ornamental branches in the landscape.  A closer inspection of these white woolly masses can provide the curious observer with a startling surprise.  “It’s Alive!”  It moves and seems …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/17/a-fluffy-woolly-mass-on-woody-plants/

Tree Cattle are Harmless

Many people are noticing small insects on trunks and branches of their trees. When disturbed, these insects move in a group and are commonly called tree cattle because of this herding habit. They are ¼ inch brownish-black insects with white markings. Some people assume that these insects will injure their trees but they are harmless. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/03/tree-cattle-are-harmless-2/

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