DPI Diary

July 11, 2014

Catch up on the week’s stunning social media posts from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry

Summer is the season to enjoy fireflies

fireflyMany Southerners enjoy the company of fireflies, or lightning bugs, during summer evenings outdoors. But did you know that most adult fireflies don’t eat anything? Or that some only light up in their egg and larval stages, but never blink at night?  This interview with University of Florida lightning bug expert Marc Branham is well worth listening to. We came away from it with new material for conversation.

Have you visited the new Don’t Pack a Pest website?

The Don’t Pack a Pest travelers program has made it easier than ever to find out whether the contents of your international baggage will pass muster with U.S. Customs when you enter the U.S. The site, http://DontPackaPest.com is fully compatible with desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices. It lets travelers quickly determine whether items are allowed entry in the U.S. The list of sensitive items is not limited to foodstuffs and plants. Meats, animal hunting trophies, game animal carcasses and hides and certain handicrafts, for example, are restricted as well. The Division of Plant Industry administers the program, which is aimed at deterring the movement of invasive plants, animals and diseases that threaten agriculture and the environment as well as human and animal health.

Hard to miss Don’t Pack a Pest message when flying into or from Cayman Islands

Don’t Pack a Pest signs festoon Owen Roberts International Airport, the gateway to the Cayman Islands. Earlier this month the Hon. Kurt Tibbetts, the Cayman Islands’ Minister for Agriculture, and other officials greeted representatives of the Don’t Pack a Pest partnership as the island nation became the newest partner in the program, that now encompasses major ports of entry in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.


How well do you know your Florida citrus history?

The first introduction of citrus canker in Florida was in 1910 on trifoliate rootstock seedlings imported from Japan. We passed that fact along on Monday and our Fresh from Florida blog has details for those who wish to learn more. http://wp.me/pVBiK-wJ

Yes, the GALS is horrific

It only seemed right to post this period-style movie poster on Throwback Thursday. The presence of the giant African land snail in Miami is, indeed, horrifying and we appreciate the cooperative residents who continue to watch for it and call our toll-free Helpline, 1-888-397-1517, when they spot a suspect. Learn more about the eradication program here:




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