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Strange Bedfellows: Warm Weather Means Dust Mite Population Explosion

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Phil Koehler (352) 392-2484
Marie Hammer (352) 392-1945

GAINESVILLE—When it comes to creepy-crawly insect pests that thrive in warm weather, the tiny almost invisible dust mite can cause big problems around the home, especially for allergy sufferers.

“Just thinking about them is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies,” said Phil Koehler, urban entomologist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Termites At The Statue Of Liberty

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source(s):
Nan-Yao Su (954) 475-8990
Al Farrugio (212) 363-6604
Mark Gilberg (318) 357-6421

NEW YORK — Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. OK, but nobody said anything about termites.

For the past three years, termites in the Statue of Liberty National Monument have been a growing source of concern for the National Park Service. In fact, flying termites were so troublesome in April 1996 that Lady Liberty’s museum area was temporarily closed to visitors. (more …)

Grasshopper Gets Gator Nickname From UF Entomologists

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Jason Squitier
John Capinera (352) 392-1901, ext. 111

GAINESVILLE—When the Gators won the national football championship, suddenly “official” thingamajigs of the University of Florida Gators were popping up everywhere.

Now comes the official grasshopper. (more …)

UF/IFAS School Of Forest Resources And Conservation Celebrates 60th Anniversary May 15

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source(s):
Wayne H. Smith (352) 846-0850
Mary L. Duryea (352) 846-0896

GAINESVILLE—Sixty native trees will be planted at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation on Thursday (May 15, 1997).

The trees will form the new Lake Mize Tree Walk, a half-mile-long trail that will include cypress trees, elms, hawthorns, live oaks, swamp chestnut oaks, yaupon hollies and other native trees, said Mary Duryea, associate professor at the school and coordinator of the 2:30 p.m. tree-planting event. (more …)

Reminding Consumers To Buy Flowers Pays Off, UF Research Says

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source:
Ronald Ward, (352) 392-9490

GAINESVILLE—Of course you’re planning to send flowers on Mother’s Day. It’s the second busiest flower holiday of the year.

But did you send flowers last week or last month? Or do you plan to sometime soon, just because? If so, chances are you’re under the influence of a plump fellow named Buzz, says a University of Florida economist. (more …)

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