Trap-Cropping Recommendations

Abigail Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Trap cropping is an organic method to combat pests. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has been researching the best trap-crop methods to manage leaffooted bugs. Leaffooted bugs can usually be seen in groups on produce. According to Majumdar, these pests can do some serious quality and quantity damage to…

Alabama Insect Update

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Heavy rainfall has decreased the number of pests in Alabama. However, the pests have not disappeared. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives an update on what he is finding in his sticky traps. The increased rainfall in the Southeast has kept the pests somewhat at bay. Majumdar says he…

Weather Conditions Increase Whitefly Populations

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Due to the warmer temperatures this past winter and spring, as well as the recent drought, whiteflies are currently a heavy pest issue in Florida. Hugh Smith, assistant professor of vegetable entomology at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, says whitefly populations can quickly rise with hot and dry conditions, like…

Battling Thrips and Tospoviruses

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

One of the most threatening agricultural pests is thrips, which can affect many crops, including vegetables. Joe Funderburk, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida (UF), says thrips lay their eggs in the plant, which leaves dimples in the fruit. Thrips larvae will also feed on the outside of the plant, which will…

An Update on Diamondback Moth

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Hugh Smith, assistant professor of vegetable entomology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently completed research on diamondback moth patterns and insecticides to try to combat these pests. In previous seasons, the diamondback moth has been a concern for cabbage, collard greens and Asian…

Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abigail Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in…

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Ambrosia Beetles Bring Trouble for Avocados

Abigail Taylor Avocado, Pests, Top Posts

An invasive pest from Asia carries a lethal pathogen that can kill avocado trees. The redbay ambrosia beetle was first detected in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 2000s. This beetle carries a fungus that causes laurel wilt, an extremely dangerous pathogen that can be deadly to avocado trees. Recently, the threat of this pathogen has…