Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The African honey bee (AHB) population has grown and will continue to grow in Florida due to its numerous pathways into the state and the lack of effective eradication products or techniques. To prevent stinging incidents, Look for bees and Listen for buzzing when working or playing outdoors and always be aware of your surroundings and potential hive locations. If attacked, Run away with your face covered get inside a car or building call a licensed pest control to remove the hive; dont attempt to remove it yourself. Seek medical attention if needed.
The honey bee industry of Florida is of major importance in the pollination of various agricultural crops and in the production of high quality honey and honeybee products. Honey bee pests and unwanted types of honey bees that threaten this important industry must be regulated. The state registers and inspects honey bee colonies in order to certify them as free from pests and unwanted types of honey bees.
The movement of commercial shipments of firewood, unprocessed wood products and other regulated articles into the state is prohibited unless the shipper has entered into a signed compliance agreement with the state of origin under a master permit that has been issued to the state of origin by the Director. Locally produced or harvested firewood and unprocessed wood products are exempt from this rule provided they are not moved 50 miles from the distribution point.
Learn more about Florida butterflies and moths on this page including butterfly gardening tips and photos. Butterflies and moths form the insect order Lepidoptera.
Learn more about moving non-commercial shipments of plants or exotic organisms (e.g., insects, spiders, scorpions, noxious weeds, plant pathogens and nematodes) into Florida from any other state or country, or movement of such exotic organisms within the state. These items may require permits or certifications.
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.
Research and education programs that would like to work with noxious weeds, invasive species or prohibited aquatic plants must to obtain a permit from the department. This page contains information about the permitting process.
Looking for plants in Florida? Find a list of registered nurseries and stock dealers here.
Learn what you can do to help save Florida citrus. Citrus helps make Florida a special place, and the citrus industry is a source of pride to Florida. We can all help protect our citrus from plant diseases.
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.
Several species of whiteflies continue to infest South Florida landscapes, causing hardship for homeowners and the commercial industry. Information on these exotic invasive species and how to manage them can be found at the links provided. For more information, contact your county Extension office http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/find-your-local-office/ or call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry helpline at 1-888-397-1517.