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November 7, 2014

A Summary of social media activities at FDACS-DPI 

Khapra Beetle found in New York

Excluding invasive pests and diseases from the United States requires constant vigilance, because there are so many ways the bad actors can come in. Case in point: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists, working at the Lewiston Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. this week, discovered live larvae of the Khapra Beetle, one of the world’s most destructive insect pests, inside a shipment of rain ponchos from China. You can read the account here: http://wp.me/pVBiK-19V

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Khapra Beetle larvae

Ten Creepy Crawlers haunt Halloween

The Florida Department of Agricutlure and Consumer Service’s posting about the top 10 CREEPY Crawlers proved popular with the media. Halloween has come and gone, but the list is still worth a look, if you haven’t seen it yet: http://wp.me/pVBiK-19Q

Jammer’s on the mend

One of our canine sentries who daily seek out invasive pests among the parcels at major Florida shipping hubs is on sick leave. Jammer the detector dog is on the mend after he sprained his front leg while playing, off-duty. He’s expected to recover soon. Meantime, he is sporting this classy cast.

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Jammer.

Campaign to eradicate GALS continues in South Florida

Of course, the giant African land snail is one of the creepier crawlies plaguing South Florida and threatening Florida agriculture. Our teams continue to seek them out, with the assistance of the public. . . and we’re reminding the public to “Look for Them! Report Them!” through a variety of media. Report any suspected GALS to our Helpline, 1-888-397-1517.

mikania-micrantha-flowers-160Watch for Mile-a-Minute

Mikania micrantha, nicknamed mile-a-minute, is a noxious weed that can choke out other vegetation. It is blossoming this time of year and bears watching. Learn more by watching our video or reading our blog post: http://wp.me/pVBiK-18y

Just a few palms are native to Florida

Finally, of the thousands upon thousands of palms that exist in the world, fewer than a dozen are native to Florida. We feature those natives in this post, and also pointed to some useful online tools for anyone interested in identifying palms. http://wp.me/pVBiK-19G

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