Category Archives: Insects

Ticks

  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Ticks  Ticks are biting pests that can affect pets, livestock and humans alike.  Lone star ticks live in wooded areas with underbrush, along creeks and rivers near animal resting places.  The brown dog tick is the most common tick in urban areas. Ticks can belong to either of two family groups: “hard ticks” (Ixodidae) and “soft ticks” (Argasidae).  Ticks develop through four stages: egg; six-legged larva or “seed ticks”; an eight-legged nymph; and adult. Adult… Read More →

Spiders around the Home

                                       (Photos from Aggie Horticulture, Galveston County http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston ) Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Spiders around the Home Ask people what they are afraid of and in many cases spiders rank in the top of the list.  Most spiders, however, are considered beneficial and cause no harm to humans.  Spiders help keep flies and plant feeding insects under control. Spiders are arachnids and are more closely related to mites and scorpions than to insects.  Most spiders have eight simple eyes… Read More →

Bees or Wasps?

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Are they Bees or are they Wasps? When people think about bees, they typically think honey bees or bumble bees.  In reality, there are almost 3,500 species of bees in North America.  As with any other insect, proper identification is important to know what species you have around your home or property.  It is also important to know the habits of these insects to help determine what species you might have. Many of our local bee… Read More →

Armyworms

 Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Armyworms   Did you know a single armyworm moth can lay up to 2,000 eggs?  Eggs are laid in the field in masses of up to 50 eggs on the grass leaves and can be difficult to find.  Eggs are covered with grey scales from the moth’s body giving the mass a fuzzy appearance.  The eggs begin to hatch in 2-3 days. Armyworm caterpillars can be identified by examining the front of the head capsule…. Read More →

Fire Ants

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Fire Ants  The impact of red imported fire ants in the state of Texas is estimated to be $1.2 billion annually. Red imported fire ants are pests of urban, agricultural and wildlife areas and can pose a serious health threat to plants and animals. With rainfall lately, fire ants may move from place to place in your lawn.  Mounds seem to ‘pop up’ overnight.   Fire ants need water to survive and most fire ants colonies live… Read More →