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Termite Spotlight

05-29-2019

Termite Spotlight

For Florida residents, termites are constantly in the news. A recent UF/IFAS study predicted that if Florida continued on the same trajectory it has since 1990, termites are on track to infest at least half of the structures in the area by 2040....

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New Study Concludes Worst US City for Termites is Miami

03-20-2019

New Study Concludes Worst US City for Termites is Miami

Known as the Magic City, Miami reigns as one of the most glamorous metropolitan areas in the country, with her tropical year-round climate, her famous beaches, her saucy culture mix, and her legendary waterfront. Miami's luxurious backdrop of...

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Venomous Puss Caterpillar Returns, Florida Officials Warn

11-19-2018

Venomous Puss Caterpillar Returns, Florida Officials Warn

Twice yearly, South Florida residents bear witness to puss caterpillar season, as do people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the southeast and Texas. The larval form of the southern flannel moth has been spotted in the Tampa Bay area; this has prompted...

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Recent Discovery: Female Termites Who Don't Need Males to Reproduce

10-18-2018

Recent Discovery: Female Termites Who Don't Need Males to Reproduce

On September 24, 2018, media outlets reported the discovery of the first known naturally-occurring all female termite colonies in remote coastal areas of southern Japan. Published in the journal, BMC Biology, University of Sydney's School of Life...

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How Moths Can Ruin Your First Sweater Weather Day

10-10-2018

How Moths Can Ruin Your First Sweater Weather Day

With the fall season upon us, it may be time to break out your sweaters. You look forward to the change in the seasons but what's this? Holes in your favorite sweaters? How could this be? Well, most likely clothes moths laid their eggs on your...

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New Mosquito Virus: UF Researchers Closely Monitoring Mayaro Virus

08-16-2018

New Mosquito Virus: UF Researchers Closely Monitoring Mayaro Virus

If mosquitoes had read the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) May report, they would have been proud of the dramatic increase in the reporting of vector-borne diseases from 2004 to 2016. Unfortunately for us humans, new mosquito viruses that may...

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Florida Ants Making a Grand Entrance This Summer

07-17-2018

Florida Ants Making a Grand Entrance This Summer

Not exactly the event you might expect, with red carpets, camera, celebrities, and the like - ants are nonetheless making a grand entrance in Florida homes this summer. Parading across your kitchen floor, helping themselves to your sweets and greasy...

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Termites Weakening Trees as we Enter Hurricane Season

06-22-2018

Termites Weakening Trees as we Enter Hurricane Season

Asian subterranean termites are at it again. Last year, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) published a study predicting that invasive Asian and Formosan subterranean termites were on track to threaten...

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Asian Termites are Killing South Florida\'s Pine Trees

05-29-2018

Asian Termites are Killing South Florida's Pine Trees

As if invasive Asian subterranean termites weren't causing enough harm to homes and businesses in South Florida with their super-sized colonies and voracious appetites, the Sun-Sentinel reported in an April 24 article that now these aggressive...

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Maggots and Modern Medicine

03-30-2016

Maggots and Modern Medicine

Maggots and Modern Medicine Maggots are amongst some of the most despised critters for many, but they have actually been huge assets to medicinal purposes for centuries. Most have heard about maggot debridement therapy, or MDT, in which...

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