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Lawn Insects

Here in Central Florida we have a number of insect pests that attack our lawns, which include:  fire ants, grubs, mole crickets, chinch bugs, fall army worms, and tropical sod web worms.  If you see any areas where the lawn … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids

How many of you are familiar with Neonicotinoids?  If you haven’t, don’t feel too bad; I hadn’t either.  Recently when I purchased some annuals for my flower beds, included was a tag that identified the plant and how to care … Continue reading

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Continuing Pest Problems

As in my last posting, pests continue to be a problem – not just insects, but also weeds. While driving around Central Florida recently, I noticed that many homeowners had numerous broadleaf weeds either flowering or developing seed heads, not … Continue reading

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Pest control suggestions for grasshoppers, scale, spider mites, and aphids.

To begin with, I wish to apologize for the delays in posting new blogs. Since my last posting I have been extremely busy, especially with Master Gardener work, which has included bi-weekly talks at DeBary Hall, (call 386-668-3840 to learn … Continue reading

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Scale Insects

  The longer I live in Florida, the more I’ve become aware of the growing problem of scale insects.  Would you believe that there are more than 7,500 species of these parasites, and most homeowners don’t even know they exist … Continue reading

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Fire Ants

  In the May 2013 issue of Total Landscape Care – Imported Fire Ant populations in Texas and the southern coasts of the U.S. appear to be declining.  However, they are being replaced by two new exotic invasive pests called … Continue reading

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Pest Alert – Harlequin Ladybird

  In the latest Journal Science, German researchers have discovered that the Harlequin Ladybird – a bright red ladybug that was used to control numerous insect pests in commercial greenhouse operations – has been found to harbor a single-celled fungus … Continue reading

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