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  • Kudzu Bug (Megacopta cribraria)

    You may start seeing tiny brown, "ladybug-like" insects around your home. What are they and where have these invasive creatures come from? Find out more here...

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  • Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Invasion

    The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle was introduced from Asia and is now found throughout the United States from coast to coast. It was first released as a biological control for mites, aphids and other pests during the 1900s. By the mid 1990s...

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  • No Love for Lovebugs, Origins of These Florida Pests

    Lovebugs appear 2 or 3 times a year in Florida, causing serious car paint and radiator damage. Some say they were created at University of Florida!

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  • Back to School and Head Lice

    The beginning of a new school year presents certain problems we all have to deal with. One common problem is Head Lice.

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  • Florida Mosquito-Borne Diseases

    Mosquitoes are more than just pests; they can be dangerous – and even deadly – for people and animals alike. Here, in Florida, we have our share of mosquitoes, especially during the warmer, rainy times of year. While the bites themselves cause mild irritation and itching, diseases that may be transferred as a result of a bite are the big health concern. Currently in the news is the Zika virus.

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  • The Beneficials…Part Three

    You learned how beneficial some Hemipterans (True Bugs) are in Part One and the good many Hymenopterans (Ants, Bees & Wasps) do to control certain insects in Part Two. Now, let me introduce you to the beneficial Dipterans (Flies).

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  • Pest Profile: Chinch Bugs

    Chinch bugs are tiny insects known to destroy St. Augustine lawns in Florida. Learn about their biology and how to identify them.

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  • The Webworms are Coming! The Webworms are Coming!

    Be afraid. Be very afraid! Your yard may be the site of a webworm invasion! Read this article to learn more about these destructive pests.

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  • The Signs of Termite Infestation

    It’s important to keep an eye out for termites throughout the year, even in fall and winter. Here are tips to understand the types of termites infesting Florida.

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  • The “Dog Days” of Summer

    Your fun during the "Dog Days" of summer can be cut short if safety is not part of the equation. Heat related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, not to mention insect stings, are all hazards of summer you should be aware of.

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