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Many insects feed on the leaves, nuts, branches, and buds of the pecan tree, reducing the tree’s nut production potential. Some insects lower production directly by feeding on the nuts. Other pests cause indirect damage, as their feeding depletes the tree’s reserves, so that nut production is reduced the following year.
This guide discusses the management of insect and mite pests of commercial pecans.
Although peaches, plums, and blackberries are among the most commonly grown small fruits in Texas landscapes, diseases and insect pests reduce fruit production and quality and threaten the plants’ health. This publication explains how to choose the most effective pest-control practices.
This publication explains how to identify and manage diseases and insect pests of pecans. Photos of the insects and their damage are included. A table lists some insecticides that are labeled for control of insect pests in pecans and that are available in small quantities for use by backyard growers.
The three kinds of human lice (head lice, body lice, and pubic or crab lice) are described in this publication. This publication also contains guidelines and instructions for identifying lice and helpful instructions for preventing and controlling lice infestations.
This publication discusses integrated pest management (IPM) practices for insect pests of Texas forage crops, including bermudagrass hay and pasture, forage sorghum, alfalfa, clover, and vetch.
IPM is a sustainable pest-management approach that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. IPM combines the most economical and ecologically sound techniques to control insect and mite pests efficiently and effectively.
Good News! With persistence, patience and the right plan, fire ants can be controlled. The two-step method gives excellent control of red imported fire ants, especially in larger lawns and where applied to entire neighborhoods.
When applied properly, this method poses little risk to people or pets. And the necessary ingredients can be found at most nursery supply and garden centers.
To meet production goals and maintain profits, grain sorghum growers need to adopt an integrated approach to managing insect and mite pests. Integrated pest management (IPM) takes advantage of all appropriate pest management strategies, including the judicious use of pesticides. This guide explains insect pest biology, pest damage, and management options for grain sorghum production.
This publication describes the major cotton insects of Texas and various scouting and sampling methods for detecting these pests. This publication also lists the management tools for each pest in terms of treatment thresholds. By Suhas Vyavhare, David Kerns, Charles Allen, Robert Bowling, Mike Brewer, and Megha Parajulee.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are considered the most beneficial insect to humans because of their ability to pollinate crops and the products they provide directly such as honey and wax. Honey bees contribute more than $16 billion annually to US agriculture and pollinate approximately one third of the crops we consume. In recent years, much has been written about the decline in the honey bee population; however, most declines have occurred in managed bee colonies. The status of wild honey bee colonies remains unknown. What is known, is that honey bees can become unwelcome guests, nesting in and around our homes, schools, and businesses.
More than 250 species of aphids, often called “plant lice,” feed on agricultural and horticultural crops throughout the world, and several can be a problem in Texas landscapes. Many ornamental plants in Texas landscapes are suitable hosts for aphids, including bedding plants (especially chrysanthemums), ash, barberry, boxelder, crape myrtle, jasmine, flowering almond, gardenia, hibiscus, hydrangea, mountain ash, oaks, oleander, peach, pear, pecans, pines, roses, vegetables, and viburnum. Aphid infestations can build to severe levels very rapidly because these insects reproduce very quickly. Infestations can be widespread or localized to just a few plants, and they may be worse in some years than in others.