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Families & Consumers

We know your life is complicated. That's why we have information about health and nutrition, money management, food, home concerns, relationships, and many other topics. Our resources can help you whether you are retired, a first-time parent, a teen, or someone in between.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.

Pest Control Services

UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Phil Koehler explains why you should work with a professional pest control operator if you find bugs in your home. More...  More»

Food Safety: Grilling

Grilling adds a fun element to picnics and summer evenings. Follow these steps to make sure the meat foods you serve are safe to eat. Preparing Shopping At the grocery store, pick up meat and poultry last. To prevent cross-contamination, separate these items from other food in your shopping cart and grocery bags. Refrigerate perishable food within two hours, or one hour if the temperature is above 90°F. Place meats in the refrigerator  More»

Alligator Safety

Population growth and the tourism industry have increased the frequency of human-alligator interactions in Florida. You can prevent unpleasant encounters by following these tips. Facts & Safety Tips Leave alligators alone. Alligators are shy animals that usually avoid human contact. Pay attention. Keep an eye on your surroundings near fresh or brackish waters. Avoid vegetation-filled  More»

Shopping for Health: Gluten-Free Labeling

You may have noticed gluten-free products in your local grocery store and wondered what that term meant. Gluten refers to the proteins that naturally occur in wheat, rye, barley, or any crossbreeds of those grains. Gluten affects people that have celiac disease, which causes the body to react to foods with gluten by attacking and damaging the lining of the small intestine. Because this damage limits the ability to absorb  More»

Protect Your Money & Credit

ID theft and credit card fraud are, unfortunately, increasingly more common problems. Protect yourself with these tips. How to Use Your Credit Card Safely Never give your credit card number over the phone, unless you initiated the call. Avoid losing track of your credit card. Always check to make sure you receive your card back after you use it for a purchase. Never sign a receipt with blank spaces in it. Always check  More»

Keep It Clean: How to Clean Mold

Mold thrives in humid environments, and Florida is humid throughout much of the year. Mold spores can enter homes through windows, doors, clothing, and hair—giving them the opportunity to spread and grow if they land on wet spots. People with allergies may have allergic reactions to mold in their homes. Mold also has the potential to produce toxic substances, so make sure to clean mold if it is in your home. Keep the following  More»