Category Archives: Insects

Invasive Species

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys, right) can be distinguished from the brown (Euschistus servus, left) and bark (Brochymena quadripustulata, center) stink bugs by markings and the white bands at the joints of the antennae.  (Note: These images not necessarily to scale. Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Invasive Species “An “invasive species” is defined as a species that is non-native or alien to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm… Read More →

Household Ants

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County  Household Ant Species  In general, most ant species are considered beneficial insects.  However, when ants enter our homes, they become a nuisance or pests to the homeowner.  To manage these ant infestations, identification of the species is important to determine how to properly control these insects in our homes.  Once we identify them, the next step is to learn the biology of that species then determine where the colony may be nesting. What species of ants are… Read More →

Mosquito Control Around the Home

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County  Mosquito Control around the Home Mosquitos can be a real pain in the neck.  Mosquitoes are irritating and annoying to say the least.  The bigger problem is they can transmit disease causing organisms to both humans and animals. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus, encephalitis, dengue, yellow fever, malaria, and filariasis.  Mosquitoes are also responsible for transmitting heart worms in dogs.   There are vaccines for horses for West Nile and some other mosquito borne illnesses. … Read More →

Wasps

photo by G. McIlveen, Jr. Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Wasps Wasps are one of several stinging insects that can pose serious health and safety threats to humans.  Many wasps’ species are beneficial pollinators and predators of other insects.  It is when we get too close to their nests in which humans become a threat and are injured by their sting. All wasps, bees, and ants belong to the scientific order of Hymenoptera.  Many wasp species are social insects meaning they… Read More →

Chinch Bugs in the Home Lawn

Photo by Keith Hansen, CEA–Horticulture Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Chinch Bugs in Home Lawns Is your St. Augustine lawn turning yellow lately?  You might check your lawn for chinch bugs.  Expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dying grass often provides the first clues of the presence of chinch bugs. Chinch bug damage usually occurs in sunny locations during hot, dry weather.  Chinch bug damage can sometimes be confused with certain lawn diseases… Read More →