Friday, April 25, 2008

Integrated Pest Management Update for Nurseries and Landscapers

Get the newest information on palm diseases, nursery weeds, invasive insects, citrus psyllid, fire ant management and landscape scouting. Also, new product updates.

When: May 23rd. Nursery session 8AM to Noon; Landscape session 1 to 5 PM.
Cost: $20 per session
Be on the lookout for the flyer and registration in your snail mail.

Ants, Ants, Ants (GHP & LS CEUs available)

Dr. Fred Santana, Sarasota County Extension Entomologist, will talk about and show images of some of the more commonly encountered pest and non-pest ants found in southwest Florida.

Learn some of the characteristics, habits, and behaviors, of the following species: fire ants, carpenter ants, compact carpenter ants, pharaoh ants, crazy ants, ghost ants, white-footed ants, Caribbean crazy ants, big-headed ants, Argentine ants, and rover ants.

Emphasis will be on least toxic control where possible. Super colony ants pose a special and ongoing challenge to control. You are welcome to bring samples of ants for identification.

When: May 16th from 1 to 3 PM; 12:30 registration. Cost $20.

Floriculture Field Days

FNGLA and the University of Florida are pleased to present the 2008 Floriculture Field Days taking place in Gainesville, FL on Wednesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 15th.

If you haven’t signed up to attend the Floriculture Field Days, there is still time to catch the pre-registration pricing. Registration is quick and simple! ‘CLICK HERE’ to register on-line.
Cost to attend is only $135 for all FNGLA members if you sign-up by May 4th.

This 2-day event takes place in Gainesville, FL and provides a variety of opportunities to receive the latest information in the floriculture industry. Along with cutting-edge educational programs for retailers, growers and landscape professionals, attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the University of Florida’s premiere trial gardens, local production facilities and some of Gainesville’s finest private gardens.

To view the complete program, including topics and speaker line-ups, ‘CLICK HERE
For further information, including sponsorship opportunities and hotel details, contact Julie Markowitz at the FNGLA office, 800.375.3642 or by email

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Be on the Lookout for New Invasive Pest - Sri Lanka Weevil

Look for leaf edges with notching. We recently saw this critter and its damage on India hawthorn in a median planting here in Pinellas. See this site for more information:

UF Research Shows Termite Damage Cuts Insulation Values by Nearly 75 Percent

GAINESVILLE, FLA. --- Termites aren’t just out to eat the wood in your home. A new University of Florida study shows the voracious insects like to feast on your home's insulation, too — making it nearly 75 percent less effective.

For the whole story see:

On-line CEU offerings

The UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office has been offering online Continuing Education Unit modules for over a year now. Their library of modules is constantly growing. Currently they offer 30 quality CEU online modules available to all licensed Florida applicators. These modules can all be taken immediately online through a web browser.
Each module qualifies for one CEU credit and is organized by category. All of our modules can be found at :

They have posters and bookmarks available upon request as well.