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Archive for September, 2012

13: Be Aware of Southwest Florida Scorpions

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 25th

Scorpion with young

This is the thirteenth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Outwhich can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Scorpions are one of the easiest freaky pests to identify because they are very unique- looking. They look like tiny lobsters that have two pincers and eight legs. You’ll notice a big curled up stinger on the back end of a scorpion.

Scorpions can be anywhere from 1-4 inches long. They can live to be five or six years old. In Florida, most scorpions are reddish, brown or black.

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12: Creepy Crawly Millipedes

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 12th

Millipede

This is the twelfth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Outwhich can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you don’t like creepy-crawlies, then millipedes are probably not your favorite bug. These freaky critters look like a worm with lots of little legs. In fact, the name millipede roughly translates to “a thousand feet.” They don’t really have that many feet, but they do have a lot!

Millipedes are usually black or brown and an inch or two long (although some very exotic species can get much longer). They move much slower than centipedes. You’ll also notice that a millipede will ball itself up if you poke it. The millipede coils up in that way as a defense mechanism.

One of its other defenses is to emit a stinky liquid when it is scared or disturbed. This liquid can be poisonous to other bugs, but isn’t likely to affect humans (although it’s best to use caution and not handle them directly to avoid irritation).

Where will you find millipedes?

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Are Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies Destroying Your Landscape?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 5th

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Courtesy of Flickr user scott.zona)

You’re not alone! The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is invading Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida. We’ve been receiving about two calls a day on this invasive pest and it’s steadily on the rise! Once this whitefly moves in to your neighborhood, it’s only a matter of time before they turn your plant leaves white and produce a sooty mold that can turn the leaves, trunk and anything under the tree black.

Originally they were called the Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whiteflies because they were thought to only affect those trees, however it’s since been renamed Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies because we now know it can infest a growing number of southwest Florida’s most common plants and trees. Some of their preferred hosts are:

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