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TALK TO AN EXPERT - contact the following people with your questions.

[revised August 28, 2012]

 
  Phone Email
Ants (fire)    
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
Dr. David Oi, USDA 352-374-5987 doi@ufl.edu
     
Ants (general)    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
Dr. David Oi, USDA 352-374-5987 doi@ufl.edu
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Aphids    
Dr. Susan Webb 352-273-3939 sewe@ufl.edu
Dr. Susan Halbert, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 185 shalbert@ufl.edu
     
Aquatic insects, weeds    
Dr. Jim Cuda 352-273-3921 jcuda@ufl.edu
     
Armadillos    
UF Wildlife Department 352-846-0643  
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Armyworms    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
     
Bats    
UF Zoology Department 352-392-1175  
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Bee removal (wasps, yellow jackets)    
Call your county extension agent for names of local people who remove bees.    
Dr. Jamie Ellis 352-273-3924 jdellis@ufl.edu
The Buzzkillers 800-343-5317 AllFloridaBeeRemoval.com
     
Bees, honey bees    
Dr. Jamie Ellis 352-273-3924 jdellis@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Beetles (general)    
Dr. Michael Thomas, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 187 thomasm@doacs.state.fl.us
     
Beetles (powder-post)    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
     
Beetles (rhinoceros)    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
     
Beneficial insects    
Dr. Marjorie Hoy 352-273-3961 mahoy@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. Norm Leppla 352-273-3951 ncleppla@ufl.edu
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
Dr. Lance Osborne, Mid-Florida REC, Apopka 407-884-2034 Ext. 163 lsosborn@ufl.edu
     
Biting flies, black flies (see mosquitoes)    
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
Blueberry pests    
Dr. Oscar Liburd 352-273-3918 oeliburd@ifas.ufl.edu
     
Bromeliad weevils    
Dr. Howard Frank 352-273-3922 jhf@ifas.ufl.edu
     
Butterflies    
Dr. Jaret Daniels 352-273-2022 or 352-273-3916 jcjnls@ufl.edu
     
Butterfly and moth ID (caterpillars)    
Dr. Jim Hayden, Division of Plant Industry 352-273-2003 james.hayden@freshfromflorida.com
     
CEUs (see Pesticide Information Office)    
     
Chemicals on golf courses    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
Dr. Billy Crow 352-273-3941 wtcr@ufl.edu
     
Chinch bugs    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
Dr. Ron Cherry, Everglades REC, Belle Glade 561-993-1529 rcherry@ufl.edu
     
Cicadas    
Dr. Tom Walker    (Retired) 352-273-3920 tjw@ifas.ufl.edu
     
Citrus leafminer    
Dr. Marjorie Hoy 352-273-3961 mahoy@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. Jorge Peña, Tropical REC, Homestead 305-246-7001 Ext. 223 jepena@ufl.edu
     
Citrus pests    
Dr. Michael Rogers, Citrus REC, Lake Alfred 863-956-1151 Ext. 1224 mrgrs@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Stansly, Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee 239-658-3400 pstansly@ufl.edu
     
Cockroaches    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Corn earworms    
Dr. Gregg Nuessly, Everglades REC, Belle Glade 561-993-1559 gnuessly@ufl.edu
     
Cotton    
Mr. Michael Donahoe, Santa Rosa County Extension 850-623-3868 mcd@ufl.edu
     
Crickets, katydids    
Dr. Tom Walker    (Retired) 352-273-3920 tjw@ifas.ufl.edu
     
Earthworms    
Dr. Billy Crow 352-273-3941 wtcr@ufl.edu
     
Fireflies, lightning bugs    
Dr. Marc Branham 352-273-3915 marcbran@ufl.edu
Dr. Jim Lloyd    (Retired) 352-273-3919 ffdoc@ufl.edu
     
Fleas, ticks    
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
     
Flower pests    
Dr. James Price, Gulf Coast REC, Balm 813-633-4123 jfprice@ufl.edu
     
Foliage plant pests    
Dr. Lance Osborne, Mid-Florida REC, Apopka 407-884-2034 Ext. 163 lsosborn@ufl.edu
     
Forensic entomology    
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
Dr. Jason Byrd, UF Maples Center for Forensic Medicine 352-294-4091 jhbyrd@ufl.edu
     
Fruit flies, tropical fruit pests    
Dr. Jorge Peña, Tropical REC, Homestead 305-246-7001 Ext. 223 jepena@ufl.edu
     
Fruit tree pests    
Dr. Oscar Liburd 352-273-3918 oeliburd@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
     
Gnats    
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
Grasshoppers    
Dr. John Capinera 352-273-3905 capinera@ufl.edu
     
Honey bees    
Dr. Jamie Ellis 352-273-3924 jdellis@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Household, home, structure pests    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Insect identification    
Mr. Lyle Buss 352-273-3933 ljbuss@ufl.edu
     
Insecticide for mole crickets    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
     
Insects affecting humans, schools    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
     
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)    
Dr. Norm Leppla 352-273-3951 ncleppla@ufl.edu
Dr. Oscar Liburd 352-273-3918 oeliburd@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 Ext. 146 jef@ufl.edu
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Stansly, Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee 239-658-3400 pstansly@ufl.edu
     
Lady bird beetles    
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
Dr. Michael Thomas, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 187 thomasm@doacs.state.fl.us
Dr. Paul Skelley, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 424 thomasm@doacs.state.fl.us
     
Lawns and ornamentals    
Dr. Eileen Buss (insects) 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
Dr. Billy Crow (nematodes) 352-273-3941 wtcr@ufl.edu
     
Love bugs    
Dr. Norm Leppla 352-273-3951 ncleppla@ufl.edu
Dr. John Capinera 352-273-3905 capinera@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Lyme disease    
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Medical entomology    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
Midges (blind mosquitoes)    
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
Mites    
Dr. Cal Welbourn (plants, soil), Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 195 welbouc@doacs.state.fl.us
     
Mole crickets    
Dr. Howard Frank 352-273-3922 jhfrank@ufl.edu
Dr. Norm Leppla 352-273-3951 ncleppla@ufl.edu
     
Moles    
UF Wildlife Department 352-846-06423  
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Mosquitoes    
Dr. Jonathan Day, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 132 jfda@ufl.edu
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Mosquito Control, City of Gainesville 352-334-2287  
     
Moths    
Dr. John Heppner, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 139 heppnej@doacs.state.fl.us
     
Nematodes (general)    
Dr. Billy Crow 352-273-3941 wtcr@ufl.edu
Dr. Joseph Noling, Citrus REC, Lake Alfred 863-956-1151 Ext. 1262 jnoling@ufl.edu
     
Nematodes (citrus, vegetables)    
Dr. Joseph Noling, Citrus REC, Lake Alfred 863-956-1151 Ext. 1262 jnoling@ufl.edu
     
Nematodes (turf)    
Dr. Billy Crow 352-273-3941 wtcr@ufl.edu
Dr. Robin Giblin-Davis, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6333 giblin@ufl.edu
     
No-see-ums, sandflies    
Dr. Jonathan Day, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 132 jfda@ufl.edu
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
Ornamental pests    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
Dr. Lance Osborne, Mid-Florida REC, Apopka 407-884-2034 Ext. 163 lsosborn@ufl.edu
Dr. James Price, Gulf Coast REC, Balm 813-633-4123 jfprice@ufl.edu
Dr. Catharine Mannion, Tropical REC, Homestead 305-246-7001 Ext. 220 cmannion@ufl.edu
     
Parasites    
Dr. Marjorie Hoy 352-273-3961 mahoy@ifas.ufl.edu
     
Pest control    
UF Pest Control Office 352-392-1904  
     
Pesticide Information Office    
Dr. Fred Fishel 352-392-4721 weeddr@ifas.ufl.edu
     
Pesticides license    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Poultry pests, nuisance flies    
Dr. Jerry Hogsette, USDA 352-374-5912 hogsette@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Powder-post beetles    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
     
Quarantine    
Mr. Nick Hostettler 352-273-3948 nhr@ufl.edu
     
Rats    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Rhinoceros beetles    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
     
Roaches    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Sand flies    
Dr. Jonathan Day, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 132 jfda@ufl.edu
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
Scorpions    
Dr. G.B. Edwards, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 194 edwardg@doacs.state.fl.us
     
Shrub pests    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
     
Snails    
Dr. Catharine Mannion, Tropical REC, Homestead 305-246-7001 Ext. 220 cmannion@ufl.edu
     
Sod webworms    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
     
Spiders    
Dr. G.B. Edwards, Division of Plant Industry 352-372-3505 Ext. 194 edwardg@doacs.state.fl.us
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Stored products pests    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Mr. Lyle Buss 352-273-3933 ljbuss@ufl.edu
     
Strawberry pests    
Dr. Oscar Liburd 352-273-3918 oeliburd@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. James Price, Gulf Coast REC, Balm 813-633-4123 jfprice@ufl.edu
     
Sugarcane pests    
Dr. Ron Cherry, Everglades REC, Belle Glade 561-993-1529 rcherry@ufl.edu
     
Termites    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Faith Oi 352-273-3971 foi@ufl.edu
Dr. Nan-Yao Su, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6339 nysu@ufl.edu
Dr. Rudolf Scheffrahn, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6312 rhsc@ufl.edu
Dr. Bill Kern, Ft. Lauderdale REC 954-577-6329 whk@ufl.edu
     
Thrips    
Dr. Susan Webb 352-273-3939 sewe@ufl.edu
Dr. Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 Ext. 146 jef@ufl.edu
     
Ticks    
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
     
Tree fruit pests    
Dr. Oscar Liburd 352-273-3918 oeliburd@ifas.ufl.edu
Dr. Russ Mizell, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 rfmizell@ufl.edu
     
Tree, forest pests    
     
Tropical fruit pests    
Dr. Jorge Peña, Tropical REC, Homestead 305-246-7001 Ext. 223 jepena@ufl.edu
     
Vegetable pests (cabbage)    
Dr. Susan Webb 352-273-3939 sewe@ufl.edu
Dr. Gary Leibee, Mid-Florida REC, Apopka 407-884-2034 Ext. 154 glleibee@ufl.edu
     
Vegetable pests (corn)    
Dr. Gregg Nuessly, Everglades REC, Belle Glade 561-993-1559 gnuessly@ufl.edu
     
Vegetable pests (melon, squash)    
Dr. Susan Webb 352-273-3939 sewe@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Stansly, Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee 239-658-3400 pstansly@ufl.edu
Dr. David Schuster, Gulf Coast REC, Balm 813-633-4124 dschust@ufl.edu
     
Vegetable pests (pepper, tomato)    
Dr. Hugh Smith, Gulf Coast REC, Balm 813-633-4124 hughasmith@ufl.edu
Dr. Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 Ext. 146 jef@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Stansly, Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee 239-658-3400 pstansly@ufl.edu
     
Veterinary entomology    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
     
Wasps, hornets    
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Weevils (bromeliad)    
Dr. Howard Frank 352-273-3922 jhfrank@ufl.edu
     
West Nile Virus    
Dr. Phil Kaufman 352-273-3975 pkaufman@ufl.edu
Dr. Roxanne Connelly, FMEL, Vero Beach 772-778-7200 Ext. 172 crr@ufl.edu
     
White grubs    
Dr. Eileen Buss 352-273-3976 eabuss@ufl.edu
     
Whiteflies    
Dr. Susan Webb 352-273-3939 sewe@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Stansly, Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee 239-658-3400 pstansly@ufl.edu
Dr. Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, Quincy 850-875-7100 Ext. 146 jef@ufl.edu
     
Yellow jackets    
Dr. Jamie Ellis 352-273-3924 jdellis@ufl.edu
Dr. Phil Koehler 352-392-2484 pgk@ufl.edu
     
Yellow jacket removal and venom    
Apian Sting Operations, Lakeland, FL 800-927-8206 or 866-427-3668  
The Buzzkillers 800-343-5317 AllFloridaBeeRemoval.com
Waspex 866-852-9317  

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