Lygus bugs

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I’ve been getting email and calls about small “stink bugs” on cruciferous crops lately.  I went out to our demonstration garden to see if I could rustle some up on what we have planted out there and I hit the jackpot.  I found Lygus bugs on the cabbage and some other plants (that I have no idea what they are…I went back out to look- they’re fava beans). Lygus bugs have a wide host range and have been found on over 350 plants.  These bugs commonly begin the… Read More →

Survey needs participants!

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The Southern Regional Extension Forestry program is conducting a survey about people’s awareness of forest and tree health issues. By answering a few questions about these issues, your firewood use habits, and where you’ve recently learned about the issues, program staff hopes to gain insight as to how to effectively engage with the public and how to improve in the future. This survey should only take 10 minutes. The first page asks about your firewood purchasing practices. The second page asks about your knowledge of invasive forest insects. All answers will be… Read More →

Widow spiders

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Information just in time for Halloween where spider webs and spooky spiders are a common sight. There are four species of widow spiders found in Texas, with the best known being the black widow.  Coloration can vary, but they are typically jet black with two reddish-orange triangles on the underside of the abdomen, forming an hourglass shape.  The triangles sometimes do not touch each other creating a broken hourglass shape.  Males and juveniles are smaller and often are more colorful, with bright markings on their sides or back…. Read More →

Fun facts about bugs

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I’m feeling a bit blue today, so I thought I would do something a bit lighter.  Here are 10 fun facts about insects! Insects are on every continent except Antarctica. The fear of cockroaches is called Katsaridaphobia. Mexican jumping beans are seed pods that have been inhabited by the larva of a small moth and are native to Mexico. Adult ladybugs will eat more than 50 aphids per day. Throughout history, species of biting ants have been used as sutures to close wounds. Blow flies find dead bodies using body… Read More →

FREE Webinar: calibrating sprayers & spreaders

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The October 2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series topic will be: Don’t use too much pesticide or fertilizer – learn how to calibrate your home grounds and garden sprayers and spreaders, presented by Ples Spradley from the University of Arkansas. The webinar is on Oct. 7 beginning at 1 pm Central time (2 pm EDT)   WHEN: Friday, October 7th 1:00 PM (central) WHERE: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant   Concerns for the preservation of our environment and conservation of resources, as well as the costs associated with pesticides and fertilizers,… Read More →

Have you seen me? Snout butterflies

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If you have driven, biked or walked anywhere in Central Texas recently, you most likely have noticed butterflies fluttering about.  These are not monarchs or swallowtails that we are used to seeing, but snout butterflies.  Unlike the Monarch butterflies that fly through Texas on the way to overwintering locations, these butterflies are moving to new areas in search of new food sources after depleting the food in the area they emerged.  The butterflies are also in search of mates. Snout butterfly caterpillars feed on hackberry trees, while adults… Read More →

Backyard Basics Fall Expo in San Antonio

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Come one, come all!  Bexar County AgriLife Extension is hosting their annual Backyard Basics program, September 17th and would love to see you there!  This gives you the opportunity to hear from a great variety of presenters on topics we’ve heard you want to hear about.  Great door prizes and give always in addition to fantastic speakers.  Please pre-register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/BexarCounty

Free Seminar on Zika virus & Mosquito Management

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WHAT: Information provided on Zika virus, mosquitoes and their management.   WHERE: 1600 Smith Road, Austin, TX 78721   WHEN: Thursday, September 22nd: 10AM– 12PM   Space is limited so reserve your spot soon! 512-854-9606 or ebrown@ag.tamu.edu

Fleas

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Fleas are ectoparasites and females require a blood meal to produce eggs.  After feeding on a host, females can produce about 30-50 eggs per day that fall off the animal and into carpeting or other areas of the home or outside in areas where the animal frequents.  Larvae feed on organic matter as well as partially digested blood excreted by the adult fleas (yes, I mean poop).  After fleas pupate, they usually hatch out of the cocoon in about 2 weeks, but they can remain dormant for up… Read More →

Mosquito and mosquito disease information

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I know there has been a LOT of talk and information about mosquitoes and diseases they transmit, but I want to gather a bunch of information (from reputable sources) for you to use in case you need it.  So instead of remaking the wheel here, I will be linking to other good sources of information for you to check out. Mike Merchant’s post on Zika virus & NEW PUBLICATIONS FOR TEXANS! Mike Merchant’s post on do-it-yourself thermal fogging for mosquitoes AgriLife’s Mosquitoes of Texas page City of Austin… Read More →