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November 8, 2013

A summary of Social Media Activity this week at the Division of Plant Industry

We’re still looking for those giant African land snails in Miami-Dade

RichardandNaomiMore than two years after the giant African land snails were discovered in Miami-Dade County, our teams continue to search for them in order to protect agriculture, landscapes, properties, and human and animal health. This month, residents will see the “Look for Them! Report Them!” message on bus benches, on billboards and on channels on Comcast Cable. They will also hear the messages on WIOD Radio. A new billboard is going up on N,\.E,\. 54th Street just west of N.E. Second Avenue, near an important core area where thousands of the snails have been collected.

If you happen to live in Miami and think you have seen one of these GALS, call our hotline, 1-888-397-1517.

If you’re still wondering why the snail continues to get so much attention, read our blog entry, https://fldpi.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3290&action=edit&message=1#

How did Dr. Muffet and his moppet get into our blog?

MuffetIt all started when we summoned up the fairy tale classic about Miss Muffet, her tuffet and the sitter besid’er, all in order to introduce our “Fun Fact Monday” blog entry. Then our resident FDACS/DPI spider expert, Dr. G.B. Edwards, informed us that the father of the moppet, Dr. Thomas Muffet, was an English medical doctor who used antibiotic properties of spider silk, venom and blood to treat his patients and prevent infection in open wounds.

“Little Miss Muffet was undoubtedly treated with these remedies on multiple occasions, to her likely dismay!” said Dr. Edwards. Anyhow, if all this sets you to wondering about the spiders that might join you for dinner here in Florida, we direct you to our website,  http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Plant-Industry-Publications/Pest-Alerts/Pest-Alert-Venomous-Spiders-In-Florida

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