Pests

Central Florida continues to be plagued by pests.  I’m still getting lots of calls on scale insects, white fly, spider mites, aphids, and lawn insects.  Where I live, I’ve had to deal with rodents in our bean patch, deer eating the foliage off my tree seedlings, plus deer flies, and small scorpions in my house.  Weeds (particularly crab grass) continue to crop up in our landscape areas especially since we’ve begun to receive more rain.  Even though all of those areas were previously treated with appropriate pesticides, repeat applications may be needed.

One thing that I hear a lot is homeowners complaining about pests eating the leaves of their plants.  They ask what should they spray?  My reply has been to first try to identify what pest is doing the damage, and then consider all options for treatment, and finally choosing the best and safest means of control.  When discussing this issue with home owners, many have replied that they want a quick kill so they apply a general purpose insecticide, which hasn’t always helped.  In some cases, this caused further damage to their plants by applying too much material resulting in overkill.  Everyone must realize that because we live in Florida, pest treatment is a serious and ongoing problem that we must deal with.  Don’t wait till your plants are half dead before you treat them, instead, every few days either in the early morning or just after supper, randomly spot check your plants.  If you see something, identify the problem and contact your local Agricultural Extension office for help.  Good luck.

Advertisements

About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!
This entry was posted in Aphids, Insects, Plant Pests, Scale Insects, Spider Mites, Summer Florida Gardening, White Fly and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Questions and Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s