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July 19, 2013

Promoting the Traveler’s “Don’t Pack a Pest” campaign

Beagle puppy 1This week our social media postings emphasized the visual. We enlisted the help of an adorable beagle puppy yearning to grow up to be “just like Linus” to call attention to our updated “Don’t Pack a Pest” video that is currently being shown in major U.S. international airports, on American Airlines and JetBlue flights, and on-line.

DPAP_ad_01The campaign placed an ad in the current edition of  American Airline’s in-flight magazine. Passengers looking to break the monotony of their flight can take the Mensa quiz on Page 65, then get smarter about protecting our environment by perusing the “Don’t Pack a Pest” ad on the same page.

FDACS/DPI arthropod collection among nation’s largest

 A new blog entry highlights the Florida Collection of Arthropods, which is housed at FDACS/DPI’s Gainesville headquarters. The collection, one of the nation’s largest,  includes 10 million pinned, 20,000 vials, and 50,000 bulk samples of insects. The collection plays an important role in helping entomologists identify invasive pests.

What’s that?

We invited Facebook followers to take a shot at identifying a nasty-looking disease on a piece of fruit. Can you identify it?

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Only a few identified it correctly: citrus canker.

Skeeters, bed bugs and crazy ants

Speaking of insects, this week we highlighted a report that says research indicates mosquitoes are more attracted to certain individuals than others, and explains why. Another item from the Journal of Medical Entomology was mentioned in a NY Times article on using outdoor fans to avoid backyard mosquito bites:  We also passed along a link to a funny video with a serious message: Bedbugs are adept travelers. We noted a story by Jim Waymer of Florida Today about the tawny crazy ants that are spreading in Florida. They’re called “crazy ants” because of their “zig-zagging, frenzied swarms.”

South Florida Bee College coming up in August

The South Florida Bee College will be held at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab in Fort Lauderdale from 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 (EDT). Anyone who has an interest in bees or beekeeping is invited to register at http://southfloridabeecollege-efbevent.eventbrite.com/#

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