New Weapon In Fight Against Florida's Brazilian Peppertree

A crackdown coming on the Brazilian Peppertree, an invasive plant from South America that wreaks havoc on Florida's native plants and creates poor habitat for our wildlife. USDA entomologist Dr. Greg Wheeler they usually use chemicals to try and control the growth, but today they're releasing millions of insects called "Thrips" to eat the plants. The Peppertree was first introduced to Florida in the 1800's as an ornamental tree used by many for Christmas decorations because of its bright red berries. It's in same family of plants as Poison Ivy and can cause extreme skin irritation.



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