Monthly Archives: June 2014

moths in the Yard

Identification The species that most commonly live in and damage Florida’s warm season turfgrasses include the tropical sod webworm (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis), fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), striped grass loopers (Mocis spp.), and the fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). Save your Lawn call McDonald pest … Continue reading

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Bed bugs; Heat vs Chemicals

Bed Bugs Treatment – Heat vs. Conventional Treatment Options Whole House Heat for Bedbugs or Bed Bugs infestation can be treated with chemicals (pesticides) or (Sulfuryl fluoride gas), steaming or heat treatment. However, since Bed Bugs can hide in every … Continue reading

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American Cockroach or a PALMETTO bug

 American cockroach/Palmetto bug scientific name: Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Blattodea: Blattidae) Introduction – Distribution – Description – Life Cycle – Diet – Medical and Economic Significance – Management – Selected References Introduction (Back to Top) The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus), is the largest of the common peridomestic cockroaches measuring on average 4 cm in length. It occurs in … Continue reading

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German Cockroach not an asian Cockroach

 German cockroach scientific name: Blattella germanica (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Blattodea: Blattellidae) Introduction – Distribution – Description – Life Cycle – Medical and Economic Significance – Action Threshold – Management – Selected References Introduction (Back to Top) The German cockroach is the cockroach of concern, the species that gives all other cockroaches a bad name. It occurs in structures throughout Florida, … Continue reading

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Asian Cockroach not a German

 Asian cockroach scientific name: Blattella asahinai Mizukubo (Insecta: Blattodea: Blattellidae) Introduction – Distribution and Habits – Description – Life Cycle –Management – Selected References Introduction (Back to Top) The Asian cockroach was identified as a newly introduced species to the United States in 1986 when a professional pest control operator collected these … Continue reading

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Carpenter BEES

common name: large carpenter bees scientific name: Xylocopa spp. (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Xylocopinae) Introduction – Distribution – Identification – Biology – Economic Importance – Management – Selected References Introduction (Back to Top) In America north of Mexico, the subfamily Xylocopinae is composed of two genera, Ceratina (small carpenter bees) and Xylocopa (large carpenter bees). These bees get their common … Continue reading

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Slugs and Snails

common name: terrestrial slugs of Florida scientific name: Gastropoda: Stylommatophora Introduction – Biology – Economic Importance – Management –Identification of Slugs Found in Florida – Key to the Families – Florida Species by Family – Selected References Introduction  Florida has only a few terrestrial slug species that are native (indigenous), but some non-native … Continue reading

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VENOMOUS SPIDERS FOUND IN EACH STATE

VENOMOUS SPIDERS FOUND IN EACH STATE Let me start by saying that I am not an arachnologist. This page is designed to list the venomous spiders of each state, but should in no way be considered an authoritative list. This page was … Continue reading

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Flys in the House

Several kinds of nonbiting flies can be found in and around farms, residences, and food-handling establishments. These flies cause annoyance and discomfort, and can also be harmful to human and animal health. All filth flies (Table 1, page 126) have … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Ants

If you have never encountered ants in your house, office or school, count yourself among the lucky few. But if you’re like most people, you’ve fought your fair share of battles against this annoying pest – whether it’s a nest … Continue reading

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