Archive for June, 2011

Are Whiteflies Driving You Nuts?

Population explosions on Palm Beach Island and other locations are challenging our ability to control them.  On July 18, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension  presented the latest on the resistance question and management recommendations from  Dr. Cindy McKenzie – Research Entomologist with the USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory, Dr. Lance Osborne and Dr. Catharine Mannion, both Entomologists with the University of Florida, and Bill Schall, Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent with Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension.  Topics included current information and recommendations for the Bemisia Whitefly, the Ficus Whitefly and the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly.  Watch our blog- we’ll post detailed information on these topics soon!

Fertilizer License Required by 2014: Training Available in English and Spanish

Currently, there is no license requirement for the application of fertilizers in the landscape.    Beginning on January 1, 2014, all commercial fertilizer applicators will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators, issued by the State of Florida’s Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control.  The prerequisite of this license is the successful completion of the Green Industry Best Management Practices, or GI-BMP program.  

GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters.  The University of Florida IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping™  program presents GI-BMP programs throughout the state.  

The GI-BMP program will be offered by Palm Beach County on the following dates:


  • June 17 (in Spanish), West Palm Beach
  • September 14, West Palm Beach
  • October 14 (in Spanish), West Palm Beach


  • January 24, Boca Raton
  • March 22, West Palm Beach
  • May 15, West Palm Beach
  • September 13, West Palm Beach
  • October 23, Boca Raton
  • November 8, West Palm Beach

Corporate, governmental, environmental, and other personnel should attend the GI-BMP program, which was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and is endorsed by the pest control industry.  

To attend classes, individuals can now register online or via mail.  GI-BMP training is also available online.  More information is  available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. 

In Palm Beach County, your GI-BMP team is:

  • Caesar Asuaje, Spanish Language Multi-County Extension Agent email
  • Frank Dowdle, Agricultural Safety Extension Agent email
  • Laura Sanagorski, Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent email
  • Bill Schall, Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent email
  • other knowledgeable individuals from the industry
Call 561.233.1725 with any questions you may have.  

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Pesticide Applicator Course: July 29, 2011

The Florida Landscape Maintenance Association (LMA), partnering with Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, will offer the LCLM (Limited Commerical Landscape Maintenance pesticide applicator’s course) on Friday, July 29, 2011.

UF/IFAS Palm Beach County Extension Service: Mounts Auditorium, 531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

This Seminar will provide the 6-hour class training, AND the examination, all at the same time. The $100.00 registration fee covers study materials, lunch and refreshments


A separate examination fee of $150 must be submitted with the packet when the
exam is sent to Tallahassee. Specific instructions will be provided after registration.

 The seminar offers 3 CEUs in Core and 3 CEUs in Ltd. Maint., O&T/L&O, Pvt., Forestry and ROW for a total of 6 CEU’s.

Instructor: Michael J. Holsinger, retired University of Florida Extension Agent

Questions and registration will be taken by the LMA. Contact:; Tom Burish at (941) 714-0459, email: for more information about registration and limited certification requirements.

The next available LCLM course offered by Palm Beach County Extension is scheduled for October 25th.