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Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases

The invasive mosquitoes Aedes aegypti (left) and Aedes albopictus (right) occur in the Americas, including Florida, and have been implicated in the transmission of Zika virus. Credit: J. Newman, UF/IFAS/FMEL Sheila Dunning, Okaloosa Commercial Horticulture Agent With all the news about the Zika virus spread in Florida, now is the time to start thinking about …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/07/do-your-part-to-stop-the-spread-of-mosquito-borne-diseases/

Stop and Take Notice of Beneficial Insects

This spring, most garden plants are putting on lots of tender new growth. The lush foliage is like a free lunch to aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs and thrips. Before broad spectrum insecticides are used to control these pests, consider the impact on beneficial insects. Insecticides that don’t measurably harm predatory beneficial insects include insecticidal soaps and all season horticultural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/07/stop-and-take-notice-of-beneficial-insects/

Do Your Part to Stop the Spread

With all the news about the Zika virus spread in Florida, now is the time to start thinking about mosquito protection. As the weather warms, they will be hatching.  Check out where the water is collecting in your yard.  The female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes lay their eggs in temporary flood water pools; even very small …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/12/do-your-part-to-stop-the-spread/

STOP BAGWORMS BEFORE THEY HATCH

Bagworms on a stop sign Northwest Florida is the most southern range of the common bagworm, Thyridoptgeryx ephemeraeformis, but the majority of the plants they feed on can be found here.  Common host trees include Red Cedar, Live Oak, Maple, Elm and Pine.  Other susceptible shrubs include Indian Hawthorn, Juniper, Arborvitae, Ligustrum and Viburnum. Bagworms …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/15/stop-bagworms-before-they-hatch/

Stop “Crape Murder”!

This is the time of year when we often see crapemyrtles unnecessarily topped:  main stems that are several years old are cut back, often leaving branch stubs 2 – 5 inches or more in diameter. Topping is sometimes called heading, stubbing, rounding and dehorning. Figure 1. Topping is the drastic removal of large-diameter wood (typically several …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/11/stop-crape-murder/