Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute


November 3, 2020
Identifying Pests

It is very important to properly identify pests. Learn where you can go for help.

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Scouting should be part of your regular garden maintenance. Walk around your landscape a couple of times a week, examining your plants closely for signs of pests.

Insect damage to leaves can show up as chewed edges, light-colored meandering trails, or holes. Pests can also harm stems, flowers, and fruit.

Look for the insect that’s causing the problem, avoid blaming beneficial insects that may be there to help. Once you find the pests, remove them by hand or remove and discard the infested parts.

Contact your county Extension office for help identifying pests. Consider an integrated pest management routine for your landscape, using chemical pesticides only as a last resort.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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