Florida plans biocontrol strategy for New World screwworm

In Southeast Farm Press

Following the announcement that a stray dog in Homestead, Fla., was positive for New World screwworm, the USDA and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will release sterile flies Jan. 13 in the Homestead area as a precautionary measure.

Since the 1950s, the Sterile Insect Technique has been used to effectively eradicate screwworm, and it is considered safe for people, animals and the environment. Continue reading

Expert warns screwworm return could have a huge impact on livestock, hunting industries

by Steve Byrnes

The return of screwworms would deal a severe blow to the ranching and hunting industries, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service veterinary entomologist at Stephenville.

The observation by Dr. Sonja Swiger came as the result of the flesh-eating pest being confirmed in Florida. Continue reading

New World screwworm is back in the U.S.

An insect that “sends shivers down every rancher’s spine” has been discovered in Florida.

Wildlife officials found samples of New World screwworm in deer in the areas of Big Pine Key and No Name Key in Florida. The insect’s identification was confirmed by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Continue reading