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?
- Monarchs passing through now…don’t miss themMonarch adults need a variety of flowers, including lantana, for energy as they fly south for the winter. A single monarch typically travels 50-100 miles a day. In case you haven’t seen your first monarch butterfly of the fall migration, you should start looking now. Mid-October is peak monarch observation month in Texas. So what is fall migration and why [...] read morePublished on 2018-10-12By mike.merchant
- Zone 3 Cotton Stalk Destruction Deadline October 31 By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent Wharton County A recent recommendation for a change to the Zone 3 pest management zone was considered by the Texas Department of agriculture, as approved by a majority vote of the Zone 3 Cotton Producer Advisory Committee. This change in Zone 3 and the respective cotton [...] read morePublished on 2018-10-11By Kate Harrell
- Miller mothsMoths, like these fall armyworm moths, have emerged by the millions this week in north Texas. If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, or any other place that has had a recent outbreak of fall armyworm caterpillars, you may have noticed an increase in fast-flying, grey-brown moths. I started noticing these last week, and they appear to be growing [...] read morePublished on 2018-10-08By mike.merchant
- Rain and mosquitoesWith all of the rain that we have received lately and more on the way, it's understandable for people to be concerned about mosquitoes. I'm not going to rehash everything here in this post, but I will direct you to past posts on mosquito topics.I do want to let people know of floodwater mosquitoes which are different from our normal [...] read morePublished on 2018-10-05By Wizzie Brown
- 2018 Mid-Coast Cotton Variety Trial ResultsThe tables below are the results of the cotton variety trials from Calhoun and Refugio Counties. All of these trials were planted in small plots with a 2-row cone planter and harvested with a 1-row cotton picker. All of these fields were on 38″ rows. Plots were 2 rows by 30 feet. Means with the same letter (or [...] read morePublished on 2018-09-27By Stephen Biles
- 2018 Greenhouse and Nursery Regulatory Compliance WorkshopGreenhouse and Nursery Regulatory Compliance Workshop When? November 30th, 2018 Time: TBD Lunch is included. Where? Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 1710 N. FM 3053, Overton, TX What? In addition to running an efficient and profitable business, it is imperative that you comply with Texas Department of Agriculture, Worker Protection Safety, and Occupational Safety and [...] read morePublished on 2018-09-24By Erfan Vafaie
- Fall ArmywormsI have been getting questions on armyworms and consulting with other entomologists, they have been as well. So, instead of me recreating the wheel, I am going to link you to a publication written by Dr. Allen Knutson.Also, if you want to learn how to prepare your home to keep unwanted guest- in this case insects, not relatives- from entering [...] read morePublished on 2018-09-21By Wizzie Brown
- Fall armyworms: A shocking invasionArmyworms are common caterpillars that prefer lawn grasses over other plants in your yard. When present in large numbers they appear to march in army-like formations, migrating to areas of fresh grass. These caterpillars are about 3 cm (1 inch) long. I’ve noticed something lately. People are consistently amazed when nature intrudes on their lives, as if it’s a great [...] read morePublished on 2018-09-20By mike.merchant
- The surprising fall armywormArmyworms are common caterpillars that prefer lawn grasses over other plants in your yard. When present in large numbers they appear to march in army-like formations, migrating to areas of fresh grass. These caterpillars are about 3 cm (1 inch) long. I’ve noticed something lately. People are consistently amazed when nature intrudes on their lives, as if it’s a great [...] read morePublished on 2018-09-20By mike.merchant