DPI Exhibits Invasive Species, Biocontrols at Fort Mose African Market Event
October 15, 2013
“Don’t Pack a Pest,” “Don’t Move Firewood” Invasive Pest Messages Shared
by Lisa Hassell, Environmental Specialist I, FDACS-DPI
The FDACS-DPI booth was well received at the first “Ft. Mose African Market” event held Saturday, Oct. 12 in St. Augustine, where our “Don’t Pack A Pest”/Invasive species message was shared with hundreds of people. DPI staff spoke with local, hometown folks, Floridians from other cities, out-of-state visitors and guests from other countries including Africa and the United Kingdom.
We had great interaction and conversation about many invasive species and a lot of interest was shown in our booth’s live display of the new biological control beetle, Lilioceris cheni, for managing the invasive air potato vine. At the end of the day, Park Service Specialist Tonya Creamer witnessed FDACS-DPI performing the first release of these beetles in St. Johns county. The release was completed at Ft. Mose Historical State Park, which prior to this new tool against the invasive air potato vine, had been holding annual “Air Potato Roundups.” Information and a large poster display of the new biological beetle was left with park service staf and will be placed for public display in the natural and environmental area of the park’s museum.