All in a Dog’s Day – Keeping Pests out of Parcels

The Division of Plant Industry (DPI) currently uses “Detector Dogs” provided and trained by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) at their National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan, Georgia, to sniff out contraband fruit, vegetable and plant material, and any unwelcome insects in mailed packages coming to Florida via major shipping facilities. DPI’s program has been in place for about eight years. … More All in a Dog’s Day – Keeping Pests out of Parcels

Fruit Fly Traps – Protection through Detection

By: Olivia Doyle Fruit flies are very threatening agricultural pests and there are multiple different kinds we deal with in Florida. Some of these fruit flies include the oriental, Mediterranean, Mexican, Caribbean, guava and peach fruit flies. The Mediterranean fruit fly alone infests over 250 varieties of fruits. Fruit flies can live for months and … More Fruit Fly Traps – Protection through Detection

DPI Apiary Section Participates in UF/IFAS Bee College

By: Olivia Doyle The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) hosts a holistic, two-day training event, known as Bee College, semi-annually in alternating locations throughout the state. This educational experience gathers bee enthusiasts and beekeepers of all levels from around Florida and even from surrounding states. Bee College is a unique … More DPI Apiary Section Participates in UF/IFAS Bee College

Enjoy the outdoors this summer, but don’t move firewood!

By: Olivia Doyle Summer is a time for families and friends to enjoy time off, explore the outdoors, camp in the wilderness and indulge in some delicious s’mores or other campfire treats. When you are busy making summer memories, remember to only burn local firewood. Campers can help protect Florida’s natural resources by waiting to … More Enjoy the outdoors this summer, but don’t move firewood!