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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.
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.
The occurrence of many very tiny beetles in newly constructed or renovated homes and other structures could be a sign of mold buildup that has been used as a breeding habitat by species in this group of beetles. The plaster beetle, Cartodere constricta (Gryllenhal) is one of a number of minute brown scavenger beetle species in the family Latridiidae (Coleoptera)(Kingsolver and Andrews 1991). These beetles are cosmopolitan, occurring throughout the world, and are primarily found in structures.
These beetles feed on mold (mycophagous). Frequently, they can be found in newly constructed or recently renovated buildings where plaster was not dried sufficiently and became moldy, attracting the beetles and providing food for the developmental stages.
Pillbugs are common inhabitants of landscapes and garden sites around buildings. Among the few crustaceans that have fully adapted to life on land, pillbugs are relatively simple in their construction, but interesting in the way they have adapted to terrestrial life. Occasionally pillbugs become pests around the home, and that is what this factsheet is about; however if you are interested in learning more about these small creatures, see the section “For more information” at the end of this publication.
Mites are tiny arthropods, related to ticks. Several types of mites can be found in homes and of these a few may bite humans. Most mites are harmless predators of insects, or feeders on decaying plant material. Some pest mites feed on stored products like cheese and grain. Others are merely nuisance pests, accidentally entering homes from their normal outdoor habitat. Only a few mite species are parasitic on birds or mammals, but these can occasionally become biting pests in homes. Identifying the type of mite and/or likely host is the first step in solving an indoor mite infestation.
Infestations of some insects are the direct result of moisture and accompanying mildews and fungi. Several insects are feeders on molds and mildews, or require the same high humidity conditions that favor mildew growth. Sometimes the presence of these insects provides a clue to water leaks or some other form of moisture problem.