State: Florida

12/19/2012

Tick

(Length: 1/16″ – 1/2″) The tick is an eight-legged relative of the spider. It must feed three times before hiding and producing up to 3000 eggs in a crack or crevice.

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12/13/2012

Yellow Wood-sorrel

Easily recognized by its three heart shaped leaves joined at the base to look like a clover leaf, and by its buttery yellow flowers, each has five petals.

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12/13/2012

Spotted Spurge

This summer annual is usually found in thin, weak areas of a lawn. Its leaves have a distinct reddish spot, are arranged opposite of one another on the stem and are not symmetrical.

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12/13/2012

Florida Pusley

This low-growing, loosely branched annual is covered with soft hairs. Broad, oval leaves taper to a point and are opposite each other along the main stems.

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12/13/2012

Cercospora Leaf Spot

This fungus causes irregularly shaped brown spots on leaves, varying in size from pinpoints to half an inch across. They often merge to cover whole leaves and may cause early leaf drop. The centers of large spots become grayish on the upper surface of leaves as a result of spore production by the fungus.

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12/13/2012

Asiatic Hawksbeard

Asiatic Hawksbeard is an annual with a short taproot that frequently survives winters. The plant has dandelion-like leaves that are long and narrow at the base and the edges are slightly lobed.

12/13/2012

Sod Webworm

(Length: 1/2″ – 3/4″) Larvae are greenish with many black spots. Adults are dingy brown moths with a wingspan of about 3/4″. The larvae feed on grass blades and noticeable injury appears within two weeks.

12/13/2012

Scale

(Length: 1/16″- 3/8″) Scale insects are common pests to many trees and shrubs, are less than 1/8″ long and generally blend in with the host plant. Heavily infested plants are often covered with small disk-like or waxy coverings which look like tiny bumps on the plant leaves or stems. The scale is underneath each covering feeding on the juices of the plant.

12/13/2012

Mole Cricket

(Length: 1″ – 1 1/2″) Mole crickets live in the soil and feed on grass stolens and roots. Bahia appears to be their favorite grass. They are most active at night, especially after a rain and when the temperature is above 70 degrees.

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12/13/2012

Lace Bugs

(Length: 3/16″ long or less) The typical adult lace bug is small and rectangular with an overall flattened appearance. In most species, the adults are cream colored with patches of brown or black. Both adults and nymphs injure the host plant by piercing the leaves and sucking the plant juices causing foliage discoloration, reduced plant vigor and premature leaf drop.

12/13/2012

Gray Leaf Spot

A common disease on St. Augustine grass that occurs during periods of warm temperatures, high humidity and prolonged leaf wetness. The disease causes irregular gray, dirty yellow or tan colored spots with brown or purple borders on leaf blades.

12/13/2012

Chinch Bug

(Length: 1/20″ – 1/8″) Chinch bug adults are grey-black insects with short white wings. They suck juices from plants such as grass and corn. In St. Augustine grass, their damage appears as a spot or brown patch with a dead or dying center and a yellowish margin.