Rain from Debby creates mosquito breeding ground
North Central Floridians are still feeling the effects of what was then Tropical Storm Debby. As residents continue the clean up effort, they have to now keep an eye out for mosquitoes. These insects now have more places to lay their eggs because of all the stagnant water Debby’s rainfall left in the region. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports on the severity of mosquitoes in the area as they pose a dangerous threat to public health.
More Stories in Environment
The Florida Forever Program, a land acquisition program, hopes to obtain 119 new properties, many of which located in North Central Florida. The lands are assessed based on several criteria to determine their environmental value.
The historic Carney Island orange grove has switched caretakers’ hands many times, but the Marion County Board of Commissioners now must face a decision on its future owners and use.
UF Researchers and researchers from the Tropical Research and Education Center, USDA and the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce have found an alternate way to control the spread of Laurel wilt, a disease that threatens Florida’s avocado industry.
The local Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is seeing success after the installation of more than two dozen cigarette receptacles in the downtown area. The program hopes to expand into midtown, despite vandalization by the homeless.
The FWC has seen recent success in controlling invasive plants that overrun Florida with the use of air potato beetles, and other beetle species.