Monthly Archive: March 2015

Be on the Lookout for Crapemyrtle Bark Scale!

Figure 1 Note the black sooty mold coating the layers of white and grey scale, believed to be crapemyrtle bark scale, Eriococcus lagerstroemiae. [Photo by Gary Knox] Crapemyrtle bark scale, Eriococcus laqerstroemia, is a new pest of crapemyrtle and is emerging as a major threat to crapemyrtles throughout Florida and the Southeast U.S.  This pest …

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Formosan Termites

As the ant and termite swarm season begins, here is one species to be aware of. The red dots on the map indicate the known distribution of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, in Florida, as of 2013. Figure by Rudolf Scheffrahn, University of Florida. Formosan subterranean termite (FST) acquired its name because it …

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Large Carpenter Bee Management and Control

Photo 1 Large Carpenter Bee – Photo by Shep Eubanks Photo 2 Carpenter Bee Gallery – photo courtesy of bugwood.org   Every year beginning in mid-March to early-April, Extension Agents begin to receive inquiries about managing carpenter bees which are attacking barns, eaves, rafters, and other wooden structures.  The bee most commonly responsible for economic …

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Some Things are Too Important to Say Nothing: Talking with Your Children about Money

Bindaas Madhavi. (2011) Listen to Your Kids. Most parents would not allow their child to play in the street or to touch a hot stove because parents understand that these actions have consequences and the consequences are serious. If you don’t talk with your child about money and allow them to observe you exhibiting positive …

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Getting Prepared for the Canning Season

  Get your pressure canner ready for the season.Photo by Les Harrison, Wakulla County     In addition to planting your spring garden and reviewing the latest food safety materials, you should consider having your pressure canner gauge tested. Today’s pressure canner may have a dial gauge for indicating the pressure or a weighted gauge, …

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Outdoor Adventure is Nearby!

Canoeing in Perdido River Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson This time of year, many families are looking for ways to entertain their kids during spring break. For those not planning to travel far, our area is full of fun, and often inexpensive, outdoor adventures. As part of a series of field excursions led by Extension Agents …

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Non-Native Freshwater Jellyfish in Florida?

Freshwater Jellyfish, Craspedacusta sowerbyi, Lankester, 1880. Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Archive, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org Yes, you read the title correctly, it says freshwater jellyfish in Florida! The first time I encountered these unusual aquatic creatures was while swimming in a small lake in southern Indiana. It turns out these jellyfish, while not very …

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Which Turf Should I Choose?

Some times the lawn just gets away from us.  It can be completely invaded by weeds or have a devastating disease or insect pest cause total destruction.  If your lawn is problem prone there are many cultural practices that can be modified to ensure a successful lawn, but sometimes the lawn is in need of a …

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Pollen and Allergy Season: The Price We Pay for Living in a Lush Landscape

It’s that time of year again, that time when your car changes color like a chameleon in order to mimic the surrounding landscape. Anything that stands still long enough will become coated with a light green to yellow dust. What is this dust you might ask? What you are seeing is pollen, a sure sign …

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Onions: Taste Good, Easy to Grow, and Many Varieties from which to Choose

Onions are simple to grow and take up very little space. This is an easy selection for a beginning gardener. The winter weather is finally giving way to springtime. While temperatures have been erratic, the rain has been sufficient. There are still plenty of cool season leafy garden crops in production, but they will not …

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