Top 3 Invasive Pests Florida Growers Need To Be Watching For

Top 3 Invasive Pests Florida Growers Need To Be Watching For

As a port of entry, the state of Florida has felt the negative effects of invasive weeds, insects, and diseases for many years. Here are two making headlines today and one that is being closely monitored on a regular basis.

Gene McAvoy, UF/IFAS Hendry County Extension agent and longtime writer for Florida Grower® magazine, contributed to this article.

Closeup of Q-biotype or B-biotype whitefly

Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS

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Q-biotype Whitefly

The Q-biotype, or Mediterranean whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), has spread from the initial discovery point in Palm Beach County to seven other Florida counties at as of this posting. This spread has occurred in just months after the initial find. The pest has growers concerned because it resists many insecticides and spreads many damaging diseases to vegetable crops.