Monday, September 17, 2012

Bee Removal - Licensing Required?

New State law may require licensing of those removing bees.  For more information see this link:

It is currently a state recommendation that all bee colonies in and around homes be eradicated by a certified Pest Control Operator (PCO). Recent inspections in South Florida revealed that 70 - 90% of wild bee colonies are now Africanized. Approximately 50% of bee attacks are from a known wild colony that owners thought was "tame."

Learn more about bees at this link:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Plumeria (Frangipani) Problems

If you are seeing chewed frangipani leaves you probably have the tetrio sphinx or frangipani hornworm caterpillar feeding on them.  This is a black caterpillar with yellow stripes that gets quite large and is usually seen here between July and September.  Since leaves will be dropping soon why not let the caterpillar have them, as it helps to fertilize the ground with its frass.  Thuricide or Dipel are Bt. products that control small caterpillars and are safe on other beneficial insects.  For other caterpillar control measures see this link:

Recently, we have seen a rash of frangipani or plumeria rust fungus (picture is a microscopic view of the rust spores).  This disease produces a mass of tiny pockets of rust colored spores on the undersides of the leaves.  Infected leaves become yellow-spotted on top and fall off the tree.  This disease is most commonly seen during the mid to late part of summer.  Although it may look rather menacing it normally does not cause any serious problem for the plant.  Since the leaves are getting ready to drop off for the fall anyway, spraying with a fungicide is usually not warranted.  It is best to pick up or rake away any infected fallen leaves and dispose of them in the trash.  This will help to reduce the amount of spores available to re-infest the tree at a later date. 

Palm Care & CEUs

Do you know what is wrong with this palm?  Find out at the "Palm Care, Maintenance and Diseases" class and earn 2 CEUs in the lawn/turf/ornamental categories.

Learn about pesticide safety in a fun way.  Lots of games to play.  Earn 2 Core CEUs.

To register for this October 30 class please visit this link:

GHP, Termites, Fumigation & Core

Will your vehicle pass an FDACS inspection?  Do you know what to do if there is a pesticide spill?  Come to the core class and find out.

Silverfish, Bedbugs and Caribbean Crazy Ants will be discussed in the GHP module.  Learn new research information to help with their control.

New termaticides and new tools in termite control discussed in the Termite module.

Fumigation will cover why we use the chemicals we use as fumigants.

Each module will provide 2 CEUs for the specific category.

To register for this October 3 class please visit this link:
Sign up for each class individually.