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University of Florida

Revise State Building Codes and Pest Control To Reduce Termite Damage, Says UF Urban Entomologist

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GAINESVILLE—Termite damage and control costs in Florida exceed $500 million annually, but could be reduced with pending legislation that makes builders and pest control operators more responsible for termite protection, says a University of Florida urban entomologist and head of a state pest control study committee.

“For new construction, we are recommending standardized procedures for applying pesticide treatments,” said Phil Koehler with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “In many instances, pesticides are applied to the site of a new home or building, but the treatments are disturbed during construction.” (more …)

Spring Brings Out Slithery Snakes For Homeowners To See

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GAINESVILLE—The warmer weather of a Florida springtime draws both people and wildlife out of hibernation — a combination that makes snake-sightings much more common in April than any other time of the year.

Just as snakes begin looking for food and mates, homeowners are more active in planting gardens and landscaping their yards, says Associate Professor Joe Schaefer, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Snakes seek out temperatures anywhere between 40 and 95 degrees. Some prefer it a little bit cooler, like the small snakes that are adapted to living in leaf litter. (more …)

UF/IFAS Aquatic Food Products Building To Be Dedicated

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GAINESVILLE — A new $1.6 million Aquatic Food Products Building at the University of Florida will be officially dedicated by UF President John Lombardi during ceremonies beginning at 10:00 am on Friday, April 4, 1997.

“The Aquatic Food Products Building expands the capabilities of the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as a leader in seafood product research, training, safety and quality assurance,” said Douglas Archer, chairman of the UF/IFAS food science and human nutrition department. (more …)

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