AgriLife Extension Entomology
We are located throughout the State and can provide advice on control of urban, structural, landscape, garden, veterinary and agricultural pests, and pests that are threats to human health. Our information is backed by science and research at Texas A&M and other universities and is made practical and relevant by Extension Entomologists, educators or agents who work in each county, right where you live.
What Are Our Extension Entomologists Saying?
- Insect Nail DesignsWhen I was in middle school I was somewhat obsessed with creating various nail designs with a different color and design on each nail. Obviously, I had way more time on my hands back then as this was before all the fancy things available now like decals, nail wraps, airbrushing, etc. I would meticulously color each nail a different color, [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-27By Wizzie Brown
- What’s Up With All the Earworms in Bt Corn?This is a jointly issued article from Extension Entomologists Drs. Pat Porter (Lubbock) and Ed Bynum (Amarillo).There are large numbers of corn earworm larvae in Bt corn ears in the Texas Panhandle, and some people are spraying in an attempt to control them. The first question we are getting is what to spray, but the better question would be whether to [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-26By Ed Bynum, PhD
- Emerald ash borer makes a moveTexas A&M Forest Service has conducted surveys for emerald ash borer for several years. Large purple sticky traps are placed in trees to attract and entrap the beetles. Ever since the dreaded emerald ash borer (EAB) showed up in Arkansas and Louisiana, tree lovers have braced themselves for its inevitable arrival in Texas. Then, in May 2016, the insect was [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-23By mike.merchant
- Pest Status for the Texas Panhandle 7-20-2018Panhandle pests that are of concern are sugarcane aphids on sorghum and spider mites, southwestern corn borers, and western bean cutworms on corn. Moore county has been added to the list of reported finding of sugarcane aphid on sorghum. Ryan Imler, Agronomist for Lone Star Family Farms, found sugarcane aphids in a field east of Sunray, TX. We now have [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-20By Ed Bynum, PhD
- Stink Bugs in Cotton and SoybeansWhile many fields are harvest ready, stink bugs are potential pests in the cotton and soybean fields that have yet to reach maturity. Cotton should be scouted for stink bugs until 350 heat units, or approximately 15 days, after the field has cutout (<5 NAWF). Scout by opening 20-25 one-inch bolls and inspecting the bolls for evidence of internal feeding. [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-20By Stephen Biles
- Sugarcane aphids and Western Bean CutwormsSugarcane AphidsNew reports of sugarcane aphids (SCA) continue across the Texas High Plains. Since the last report of SCA being found in Lubbock, Lamb and Castro Counties, the aphid has been reported for Tom Green County, Hale County, Carson, Gray, and Potter Counties within the last few days. New reports of SCA findings across the Texas High Plains are posted [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-13By Ed Bynum, PhD
- Seminar on plant pest management- Saturday July 14, 2018I'm giving a presentation on plant pest identification and management at Round Rock Gardens (901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX 78681). If we have enough time, I'll also cover some of the beneficials that can be found in the landscape. Bring your bug questions or samples that you may need help with.WHAT: plant pest ID & management seminarWHERE: 901 [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-13By Wizzie Brown
- Word is Out, Sugarcane aphids found on the Texas Southern High PlainsThe word is out, but if you have not heard sugarcane aphids have been found on the Texas Southern High Plains. Danny Quisenberry, a crop consultant, reported to Kerry Siders, EA-IPM in Hockley, Cochran and Lamb counties, that he had found the sugarcane aphids in a field 4 miles north of Earth, in Lamb county. Then Greg Cronholm, a crop [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-10By Ed Bynum, PhD
- Sugarcane Aphid Arrives on Texas Southern High PlainsKerry Siders, EA-IPM in Hockley, Cochran and Lamb counties, just reported that Danny Quisenberry, a crop consultant, found sugarcane aphids on older grain sorghum four miles north of Earth in northern Lamb County.Additionally, Greg Cronholm, a private crop consultant, just reported sugarcane aphids on sorghum in southern Castro County.Neither of these populations is at a treatable level, just [...] read morePublished on 2018-07-09By Pat Porter