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The HEAT isn’t the only thing from Miami with the potential to be the next Beast of the East

May 9, 2011

The HEAT’s performance during this NBA season has attracted attention to the team’s home city of Miami like D-Wade attracted Celtics defenders during the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Miami consistently attracts the attention of DPI, but not for its basketball heroes.

Florida’s subtropical climate and Miami’s status as an international travel hub makes the city and its surrounding areas especially susceptible to invasive plant and apiary pests and diseases. DPI is currently involved with routine trapping programs for Africanized honey bees, Mediterranean fruit flies and other insects. Also, with the redbay ambrosia beetle discovered close to avocado production in Miami-Dade County, laurel wilt surveys are underway there, too. Another pest plaguing the area is Mikania micrantha, an invasive weed found in the Redlands.

Miami might be a metropolitan superpower, but its unique natural resources and green space are especially valuable to the area’s ecosystem and the state and nation’s environmental treasures. You can help keep Miami known as home to the beast of the East because of its basketball, and not because of established invasive species. How can you help? Take a look around DPI’s website to stay informed of important pests and diseases in Florida. If you think you’ve discovered a plant or apiary pest or disease, contact DPI’s helpline at 888-397-1517. DPI works to protect Florida’s environment and agriculture industry from harmful pests and diseases, and ultimately protect you, the consumer. You can help take ownership in the state’s natural resources and leading industry by staying informed.

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