Category Archives: Insects


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Preventing or Avoiding Zika

July 7, 2016 AgriLife Extension offers tips for avoiding Zika Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. Sonja Swiger, 254-968-4144, Dr. Mike Merchant, 972-952-9204, STEPHENVILLE – The mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is a potential threat to the health of unborn babies in Texas and other states, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has stepped up efforts  to educate the public on ways to protect themselves from this new menace, said agency entomologists. “While people enjoy outdoor activities and travel this summer, it’s important to remember that our… Read More →


  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Ticks  Ticks are biting pests that can affect pets, livestock and humans alike.  Lone star ticks live in wooded areas with underbrush, along creeks and rivers near animal resting places.  The brown dog tick is the most common tick in urban areas. Ticks can belong to either of two family groups: “hard ticks” (Ixodidae) and “soft ticks” (Argasidae).  Ticks develop through four stages: egg; six-legged larva or “seed ticks”; an eight-legged nymph; and adult. Adult… Read More →

Spiders around the Home

                                       (Photos from Aggie Horticulture, Galveston County ) Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Spiders around the Home Ask people what they are afraid of and in many cases spiders rank in the top of the list.  Most spiders, however, are considered beneficial and cause no harm to humans.  Spiders help keep flies and plant feeding insects under control. Spiders are arachnids and are more closely related to mites and scorpions than to insects.  Most spiders have eight simple eyes… Read More →

Bees or Wasps?

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Are they Bees or are they Wasps? When people think about bees, they typically think honey bees or bumble bees.  In reality, there are almost 3,500 species of bees in North America.  As with any other insect, proper identification is important to know what species you have around your home or property.  It is also important to know the habits of these insects to help determine what species you might have. Many of our local bee… Read More →