Episode #50 | Original Air Date: May 8, 2020
Invasive exotic species are introduced plants and animals that cause harm to the environment, the economy, and sometimes human health.
In Florida, invasive exotic plants include melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, and air potato.
Homeowners are encouraged to remove invasive plant species and replace them with Florida-Friendly plants.
Invasive animals are also a problem in Florida. Species include Burmese pythons, Cuban tree frogs, and Giant African snails.
Invasive iguanas cause problems in South Florida because they eat valuable landscape plants and their burrows can trigger the collapse of seawalls.
The best thing you can do is remove invasive plants from your landscape and report any invasive animals to your local animal control.
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.