CEUs are available for pest control and landscape industry professionals attending the Feb. 7th webinar on the deadly St. Augustinegrass virus.

A deadly St. Augustinegrass virus is attacking Florida’s favorite lawn grass variety. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is holding a free webinar on the virus, Lethal Viral Necrosis (LVN), on February 7th, according to a UF/IFAS blog. See the details below.

Webinar on the St. Augustinegrass Virus

According to the UF/IFAS blog, the St. Augustinegrass virus has been detected in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and additional counties. The disease causes leaf blades to be streaked with dead spots, creates dead or yellowing spots in lawns, and leads to a large amount of resodding.

The UF/IFAS webinar on the LVN disease is scheduled for February 7th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The webinar is for “the general public, landscapers, cities, pest control companies and homeowners associations” and will feature “UF/IFAS scientists and Extension agents will provide the latest information about the spread of the virus, detecting its signs, how and where to test for the virus , what to do about replacing the damaged turf and keeping the virus from spreading.”

Additionally, pest control and landscape industry professionals who attend the webinar can earn Continuing education credits (CEUs).

Register here to attend the webinar.

In the blog, Henry Mayer, a commercial horticulture agent at UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, said, “There are no pesticide treatments that can prevent or cure this fatal disease. Residents and community associations have already spent millions of dollars in sod replacements.”

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