Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Apiary Inspection plays a vital role in Florida Agriculture as inspectors work to prevent the introduction and establishment of honey bee pests and diseases. A healthy and secure Florida honey bee industry is valuable to all. Florida Apiary Inspectors certify movement of honey bee colonies throughout the state and the nation. These colonies are monitored for diseases, honey bee pests and unwanted bee species. The department has the most comprehensive state program (e.g., number of inspectors and traps) to prevent the accidental introduction of the unwanted Africanized honey bee.
Biological control may be defined simply as the utilization of natural enemies to reduce the damage caused by destructive organisms to tolerable levels. Biological control can involve the use of parasites, predators, pathogens or a combination to control a pest species.
Find citrus industry information including regulations, pests, diseases, and current programs.
The Division of Plant Industry regulates the planting of cotton in Florida due to boll weevil. These regulations prohibit the noncommercial propagation, planting and growing of any species of Gossypium in Florida except under FDACS special permit (this includes wild cotton). In addition, wild cotton is listed as an endangered plant in Florida and should not be removed from the wild.
The Florida fruit fly trapping program is a cooperative effort between the federal and state departments of agriculture. Florida has over 55,000 fruit fly trapped placed in high-risk areas of the state to monitor for possible fruit fly introductions. More information about the program can be found on this page.
Requirements for shipping into Florida (For Consumption)
It is unlawful to introduce, multiply, possess, move, or release any noxious weed or invasive plant regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the USDA except under permit issued by the department or USDA with concurrence by the department.
Nursery and stock dealer information.
Our department is responsible for protecting Florida’s native and commercially-grown plants from harmful pests and diseases. These invasive pests and diseases threaten our agriculture, food supply and natural environment. Find out more about pests and diseases of concern here.
Strict regulations cover the interstate and intrastate movement of noxious weeds. Avoid disruption of pine straw shipments by keeping pine straw free from noxious weed contamination. Please see the links below for additional information and best management practices. If you have additional questions, or would like a harvest area evaluation, please call the DPI Helpline at 888-397-1517.
Can't figure out what the flower or plant in your yard is? Need help determining what kind of bug you found outside? Learn how to properly submit a plant or insect specimen to the Division of Plant Industry for identification.