Master Gardeners of Hillsborough County, Florida
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Content by JoAnn Hoffman, 813-744-5519 ext. 139; layout by Darry D Eggleston

ADOPT A POND PROGRAM
Hillsborough County 307-1785,
http://www.hillsborough.wateratlas.usf.edu/adopt/

ANIMALS
=> Africanized/Honey Bees Emergency (under attack)? Call 9-1-1.
If there is a stinging incident, have them call Todd Jameson, of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) at (813) 478-8675.
If someone is stung, even once, FDACS would like  to collect bee samples to find out if they are Africanized Honey Bees.  Todd Jameson (FDACS) cannot do bee removal, but he can help with questions.  No government agency will remove bees or wasps from private property. Local beekeepers do not remove swarms. Listed below are licensed pest control operators who asked FDACS to have their name offered for bee removal. Others can be found in the yellow pages under Bee Removal or Pest Control. They must be licensed as pest control operators to legally treat bees or other insects with pesticides and should have liability insurance.  If there is a colony on Hillsborough County property, contact Mosquito Control at 554-5025, http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/plantinsp/apiary/apiary.html
You may recommend:
AA AA Apian Sting Raymond Mills (863) 859-4559
Insect IQ, 930-2847, # 6 wasps, Yellow Jackets, Honey bees, Jon Simpkins, 1910 W. Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612 — email: simkinsj@msn.com
Best Termite & Pest Control 813 935-0998, Frank Mongiovi, 8120 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33677
Florida Landscape Doctor, 707-0145, Keith Valentine, 1900 Williams Road, Plant City, FL 33565
Truly Nolen of America, 684-5735, 438 E. Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511

=> Alligators Emergency? Call 9-1-1.
● "Living with Alligators: A Florida Reality"
● Report a nuisance alligator: 1-866-392-4286.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Wildlife
(863) 648-3205

ANIMALS
Africanized/Honey Bees
Alligators
Animal Injury
Animal Rescue
Armadillo
Bats
Bee Keepers Assoc
Domestic Animals
Chicken
Cows
Cicada Killers
Feral (Wild) Animals
Frogs
Goats
Hogs
Horses
Medfly/Oriental Fruit Fly
Trappers
Wasps/Hornets
 

=> Animal Injury                                                               Click to GO TO TOP of page.
Hillsborough County Animal Services 744-5660

=> Animal Rescue/Rehabilitations ― Wild/Non-Domestic Animals
List by state
Animal Services, Hillsborough County, 440 Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619, 744-5660

=> Armadillo
● See "Animal Trappers" in the telephone yellow pages or visit
http://myfwc.com/trappers/
● "The Nine-banded Armadillo"

=> Bats
● See "Animal Trappers" in the telephone Yellow Pages
● Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission,
http://myfwc.com/trappers/
● "Bat Info for the Florida Homeowner"
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW007

=> Beekeepers Association (Honey Bees)
It does not do swarm removal.  It meets on the Second Thursday of each month at the HES in the Large Conference Room, 7:30 p.m.  Contact Bill Roberts, 685-9870

=> Domestic Animals
Dog, Cat, Ferret: Hillsborough County Animal Services, 744-5660
440 Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619  http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices/
Dairy Cows & Goats: Brent Broaddus, 744-5519, ext. 132, HES
Horses, Beef Cows and other small farms type of animals: Steffany Dragon, 744-5519, extension127, HES, email: dragonsl@ufl.edu

=> Chickens — See Feral (Wild) Animals.   Click to GO TO TOP of page.

=> Cows
Beef: Steffany Dragon, 744-5519, extension 127, HES - email: dragonsl@ufl.edu
Dairy: Brent Broaddus, 744-5519, extension 132, HES - email: babroaddus@ifas.ufl.edu

=> Cicada Killers
● Cicada is a very large wasp that digs holes and leaves mounds in the ground. It is a stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone. It is not generally dangerous although it is capable of stinging.
● See "Featured Creatures"

=> Feral (Wild) Animals
"Wild" domestic animals such as peacocks, hogs, etc. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), these are domestic animals that "become your property while on your property". You can trap them; pen them up; and, if necessary, humanely destroy them. This doesn't mean you won't cause problems if the animal in question is a neighbor's "pet" so working out a peaceful solution is encouraged. The FWC had no suggestions of how to humanely destroy these animals, but finding a home for them when possible or euthanasia are practical solutions.  They can find professional wildlife trappers in the yellow pages under "Animals, Pest Trappers" or the FWC maintains a list of licensed trappers online at
http://myfwc.com/trappers/

=> Frogs
The University of Georgia says there are 38 varieties of frogs in Florida.
Contact JoAnn Hoffman, 744-5519, extension 139, HES

=> Goats
Dairy: Brent Broaddus, 744-5519, extension 132, HES, email: babroaddus@ifas.ufl.edu
Meat: Steffany Dragon, 744-5519, extension 127, HES, email: dragonsl@ufl.edu

=> Hogs
Domestic Swine: Steffany Dragon, (813) 677-5519, extension 127, HES, email:
dragonsl@ufl.edu

=> Horses  ― Steffany Dragon, 744-5519, HES    Click to GO TO TOP of page.

=> Medfly/Oriental Fruit Fly
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1-888-397-1517

=>  Mosquito Control, Hillsborough County, 554-5025

=> Trappers
Find "Wildlife Trappers" in the yellow pages under Animal Removal.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a list of licensed trappers at:
http://myfwc.com/trappers/

=> Wasp/Hornet Removal ― Emergency? Call 9-1-1.
"Stinging or Venomous Insects or Related Pests" 
● If there is a colony on Hillsborough County property, contact Mosquito Control at 554-5025
● No government agency removes bees or wasps for free on private property. This is dangerous and professional treatment is advised. To hire someone, look in the yellow pages under "Bee Removal Services" or "Pest Control."

=> Wild Boar
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-863-648-3203

CHEMICAL COLLECTION                                                               Click to GO TO TOP of page.
Hillsborough County Solid Waste Department, 272-5680 and touch 3

COMPOST
Lisa Strange, Master Gardener, 744-5519, extension 142, HES

COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICES
Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 South CR 579, Seffner, FL 33584-3334, 744-5519,  MAP
Pasco: 996-7341 (not toll call) - ask for the Extension office
Pinellas: (727) 582-2100 
Polk: (863) 533-0765
Manatee: (941) 721-6608 
Other Florida Extension Services
Nation-wide Extension Service Locations

DIGGING, UNDERGROUND UTILITIES
Call Sunshine State One Call of Florida, at 1-800-432-4770, two full business days before digging.  Call 10 days before digging when digging under water. 

DISCOVERY GARDEN
Lynn Barber, Master Gardener, 744-5519, x 105, HES ―
MAP Link

DRINKING WATER TESTING
Health Department, call 307-8000 
Drinking Water Testing (See
Recommended Testing Guide & Certified Water Labs on that page.)  

EROSION
Florida Environmental Protection Commission: 272-5960   Click to GO TO TOP of page.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENTS
Animal Emergency - if a wild animal is in danger, a person is in danger or to report animal violations - call 9-1-1 or Sheriff 24-hour Law Enforcement: 1-863-648-3200
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
This is the state regulatory agency for many plant, insect and disease questions. 1-888-397-1517
Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
1-800-282-5153  for questions about shipping fruit out of state & plant inspections for retail sale.
Florida Environmental Protection Commission, 272-5960
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)  The regulatory agency for wild animals in Florida. It licenses hunters, trappers, and manage wildlife.  General Info: (863) 648-3203
Health Department, call 307-8000
My Florida                         Click to GO TO TOP of page.

FLORIDA MARKET BULLETIN
545 E. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32308, (850) 487-8000.  This is a free paper with classified ads for agricultural things that one might have difficulty finding or selling locally.

FLORIDA YARDS & NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM
Call Marina Pryce, 744-5519, extension 144, HES
Workshop Calendar

FORESTRY
Rob Northrop, Urban and Community Forester, 744-5519, extension 106, HES, Email: northrop@ifas.ufl.edu ― He provides advice, and assistance on trees, forests, and natural resources to government agencies, businesses and private landowners.
● Florida Department of Forestry Regional Office, Lakeland, (863) 648-3163

FRUIT, SHIPPING OUT OF STATE       Click to GO TO TOP of page.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1-888-397-1517                                

GARDEN CLUBS

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AGENCIES
Animal Serviceshttp://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices/
440 Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619, 744-5660
Extension Servicehttp://hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu/index.html
5339 South CR 579, Seffner, FL 33584-3334, (813) 744-5519,
Housing & Community Code Enforcementhttp://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/hcce/
10119 Windhorst Rd, Tampa, FL 33619, (813) 274-6600
South Shore Service Center (Code Enforcement Only)
410 South East 30th Street, Ruskin, FL 33570, (813) 641-6946
Departments & Agencieshttp://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/departments/
Governmenthttp://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/
Library Cataloghttp://tinyurl.com/r89ad
Library Systemhttp://www.thpl.org/
Solid Waste Department — (813) 276-2960 http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/solidwaste/

HOME HORTICULTURE                     Click to GO TO TOP of page.

LAW
Florida Fence & Property Law Handbook

MANGROVE PRUNING
Department of Environmental Protection Agency - State of Florida  
Local Tampa Office - Brenda Arnold, 744-6100 x 411

MASTER GARDENER
Newsletter
Marina's Website
MG Only: http://hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu/HomeGardening/MGsOnly/Newsletters.html
MG Clinic Coordinators Resources
or go to http://tinyurl.com/59suzz
Talk Descriptions or call
Marina D'Abreau, 744-5519, ext. 145
Speakers Bureau — Speakers are available to organizations and libraries on a wide-range of gardening topics. Email Speaker’s Bureau Director, Cindy Paulhus, at paulhusc@verizon.net
Clinics/Workshops Calendar or call
Marina D'Abreau, 744-5519, ext. 145

MULCH

Comparison at “Landscape Mulches: What Are The Choices in Florida?”
Color Retention: Variable after 1 year with cypress, pine-bark and melaleuca retaining color the best.  Yet after 2 years, most mulches had grayed with pine-bark and cypress retaining some of their original color. Source: “Landscape Mulches: How Long Do They Retain Their Color?” 
Settling: Pine-straw and the utility mulch settling the most in the 1st year. After two years, the pine-straw was almost completely gone with an average depth of 1 cm of 9 cm remaining. Utility and eucalyptus mulches were next with about 5 cm remaining. Pine bark and cypress had the same amount (6 cm) and melaleuca (7 cm) left. NOTE: 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters. Source: “Landscape Mulches: How Quickly Do They Settle?”
Recycle
Hillsborough County Solid Waste frequently has recycled yard waste mulch at 3 sites.
 
    ► Brandon area: Falkenburg Facility 350 Falkenburg Rd, Tampa, 744-5599
MAP
 
    ► Northwest County Facility 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, 264-3816
MAP
 
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South County Transfer Station, 13000 US Hwy 41 (north of the junction of Big Bend Road), Gibsonton, 264-3816
     ► Tampa Recycling Program: 272-5680
                                                                                             
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PESTICIDE EMERGENCY
Call 9-1-1 for pesticide emergencies or the appropriate contacts below.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 1-888-426-4435 ($55 credit card fee)
Big Pesticide Spills, call Chemtrec at 1-800-424-9300 and call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.
Human Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222 or Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings

PLANTS            Click to GO TO TOP of page.
Aquatic Weed Control Permits & Questions ― Call John Rogers, 744-6163, or Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Invasive Plants & University of Florida Aquatics and Invasives
Arborist, Certified ― Check the Yellow pages for "Tree Removal Services" and look in the ads for an ISA Certified Arborist. You can check the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to find a list of arborist in our area
Arborist, Consulting ― American Society of Consulting Arborists: the role of the consulting arborists to bring a comprehensive, objective viewpoint to the diagnosis, appraisal and evaluation of arborist-cultural issues. Also under Consulting in the yellow pages.  
Florida Citrus Arboretum, 3027 Lake Alfred Rd (Hwy 17), Tampa, Florida, (863) 298-7712
Citrus Canker ― Do not bring fruit to the Extension Service that is suspected of having citrus canker. It is very contagious. First ask them if they know anything about Citrus canker. Often they will call anything citrus canker because that is all they have ever heard of. We would like to have the chance to stop canker from being spread as much as possible.
Citrus Greening ― Do not bring fruit that is suspected of having citrus greening to any County Extension Service. It is very contagious.  Citrus greening, also called Huanglongbing or yellow dragon disease, is one of the more serious diseases of citrus.  Other than tree removal, there is no effective control once a tree is infected and there is no known cure for the disease. Infected trees may produce misshapen, unmarketable, bitter fruit. Citrus greening reduces the quantity and quality of citrus fruits, eventually rendering infected trees useless. The trees in the orchards usually die 3-5 years after becoming infected and require removal and replanting. An infected tree produces fruit that is unsuitable for sale [or consumption] as fresh fruit or for juice," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Significant symptoms of citrus greening are lopsided fruit, bad tasting fruit, mottled foliage, sectoring of the tree and general tree decline.  The owner should arrange to have trees inspected by calling the number below. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1-800-282-5153,
Distance Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS)
Invasive Species Working Group    
Red Tide: FL Fish & Wildlife Research Institute  

RESOURCE-RECYCLE CENTERS
272-4900
To dump yard waste at these facilities, you will need a copy of your last year's "Hillsborough County Notice of Ad Valorem Taxes and Non-Ad Valorem Assessments." You can get it by going to http://www.hillstax.org/taxapp/property_information.asp and typing in your "Folio Number" or do a search by the property owner's name.
Brandon area: Falkenburg Facility 350 Falkenburg Rd, Tampa, 744-5599 -
Map
Northwest County Facility 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa -
Map
South County Transfer Station, 13000 US Hwy 41, Gibsonton, 671-7611
Tampa Recycling Program: 348-1165
East Bay Sanitation Services, 677-5883

SOIL/DIRT DISPOSAL
Hillsborough County will not accept soil in our landfills.  A homeowner can call a pool company, builder or companies that sell soil or fill dirt.

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