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2016 Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide: Ch.1 Introduction1

M.E. Rogers and M.M. Dewdney2

The objective of the Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide is to assist citrus growers in the identification of pest management options and the selection of appropriate control measures. This publication should serve as a reference once it has been determined that control measures might be warranted. It is not intended to replace pesticide product labels that contain important usage information and should be immediately accessible for reference. Violations of directions for use printed on the label are against State and Federal laws. Care should be taken to select only those treatments best suited for control of the specific pest(s) identified as requiring suppression. Products listed in all tables have been shown to be efficacious, non-phytotoxic to citrus, and relatively safe on non-target arthropods and microorganisms when used as directed. However, it is important to realize that results may not be consistent under different environmental, application, and tank mix conditions.

As a supplement to each table of recommendations, we have provided information on which to base a management decision specific to the target pest, weed or disorder. This information will assist the producer in developing management strategies for a particular set of conditions and possibly identify circumstances under which chemical intervention may not be necessary.

For specific information on pest identification, biology, damage or non-chemical management techniques, refer to Extension Digital Information System (EDIS) and other IFAS, USDA, and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) publications. In addition to the authors listed throughout the Pest Management Guide, the citrus specialists and agents listed below can provide assistance with pest management information.

Research and Education Centers

Citrus REC

700 Experiment Station Road

Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299

(863) 956-1151

Dr. Michael E. Rogers, Center Director

Dr. Michelle D. Danyluk, Citrus Processing

Dr. Megan M. Dewdney, Plant Pathology

Dr. Reza Ehsani, Agricultural Engineering

Dr. Joseph W. Noling, Nematology

Dr. Ariel Singerman, Economics

Dr. Lukasz Stelinski, Entomology

Dr. Tripti Vashisth, Horticulture

Indian River REC

2199 South Rock Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3138

(772) 468-3922

Dr. Peter J. Stoffella, Center Director

Dr. Brian J. Boman, Citrus BMPs, Water Quality

Dr. Mark A. Ritenour, Postharvest Physiology

Dr. Alan Wright, Soil & Water Science

Southwest Florida REC

2686 State Road 29 N

Immokalee, FL 34142-9515

(239) 658-3400

Dr. Calvin E. Arnold, Center Director

Dr. Gurreet Brar, Horticulture

Dr. Kelly T. Morgan, Soil and Water Science

Dr. Pamela D. Roberts, Plant Pathology

Dr. Fritz M. Roka, Economics

Dr. Philip A. Stansly, Entomology

Tropical REC

18905 SW 280 Street

Homestead, FL 33031-3314

(305) 246-7000

Dr. Christine T. Waddill, Center Director

Dr. Jonathan H. Crane, Tropical Fruit Crops

Dr. Daniel Carillo, Tropical Fruit Crop Entomology

County Extension Agents - Citrus

Mr. Gary K. England

Extension Agent III, Multi-County, Fruit Crops

Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia

Lake County Extension Service

1951 Woodlea Road

Tavares, FL 32778-4052

(352) 343-4101 Email:

Dr. Cami Esmel

Extension Agent II, Multi-County, Commercial Horticulture

Hernando, Pasco and Sumter

Sumter County Extension Service

7620 SR 471 Suite 2

Bushnell, FL 33513-8716

(352) 793-2728 Email:

Dr. Stephen H. Futch

Extension Agent IV, Multi-County, Citrus

DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota

Citrus Research and Education Center

700 Experiment Station Road

Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299

(863) 956-1151 Email:

Ms. Adrian Hunsberger

Extension Agent IV, Urban Horticulture

Miami-Dade County Extension Service

18710 SW 288th Street

Homestead, FL 33030-2309

(305) 248-3311 Email:

Ms. Laurie Hurner

County Extension Director, Extension Agent III, Citrus

Highlands County Extension Service

4509 George Boulevard

Sebring, FL 33875

(863) 402-6540 Email:

Mr. W. Chris Oswalt

Extension Agent III, Multi-County, Citrus

Hillsborough and Polk

Polk County Extension Office

P. O. Box 9005, Drawer HS03

Bartow, FL 33831-9005

(863) 519-8677 Email:

Mr. Parker Platts

Extension Agent I, Fruit Crops

St. Lucie County Extension

8400 Picos Rd., suite 101

Ft. Pierce, FL 34945

(772) 462-1660 Email:

Dr. Mongi Zekri

Extension Agent IV, Multi-County, Citrus

Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee

Hendry County Extension Service

P. O. Box 68

LaBelle, FL 33975-0068

(863) 674-4092 Email:



This document is CPMG01, one of a series of the Plant Pathology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date December 1999. Reviewed February 2012. Revised September 2013 and April 2016. This publication is included in SP-43, 2016 Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide. Visit the EDIS website at For a copy of this handbook, request information on its purchase at your county Extension office.


M.E. Rogers, associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department; and M.M. Dewdney, associate professor, Plant Pathology Department; Citrus REC, Lake Alfred, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.