Category Archives: Insects


 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 →

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 →