Have you heard of Thrips parvispinus and Lebeck mealybug, two of the newest invasive pest species to impact horticulture in Central Florida, and are interested in learning more?

The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center will be hosting an invasive species pest alert update for Thrips parvispinus and Lebeck mealybug on Wednesday, June 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in conjunction with UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. Two CEUs are available for attending this course.

This workshop is for commercial businesses in production horticulture and landscape maintenance who are wanting to know more about identifying this invasive species and will also provide information on both biological and chemical controls.

Registration costs $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite, here.

The day’s agenda will be as follows:

  • 10:00am -10:45am – Insect Identification and Chemical Controls
    • Cindy McKenzie, Ph.D., Research Entomologist. U. S. Horticultural Research Laboratory
  • 10:45am – 11:30am – Insect Identification and Bio-controls
    • Lance Osborne, Ph.D. Professor Dept. of Entomology at UF/IFAS MREC
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm – Regulatory Requirements & Compliance Agreement
    • Mary Reed, Assistant Bureau Chief, Division of Plant Inspection, FDACS

For more information, visit our Facebook event. Questions regarding this event can be directed to Chris Weber at 407-254-9200 or via email at orange@ifas.ufl.edu.

by Caroline Warwick and Liz Felter

Source: UF/IFAS Pest Alert

Note: All images and contents are the property of UF/IFAS.

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