Monthly Archives: September 2015

FREE WEBINAR on managing cockroaches and ants

Cockroaches and ants! We don’t want them in our houses. Learn practical tips for preventing problems from these pests in this webinar presented by Elizabeth “Wizzie” Brown from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Note: on October 2, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message. For more webinars in this series, see All Bugs Good and Bad 2015 Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities… Read More →

Fig beetles out in high numbers

Have you seen me? These beetles are velvety green, about one inch long and 1/2 an inch wide. The top is a dull green with yellow-brown markings on the wings and the underside is bright, metallic green with yellow-orange markings. Larvae are creamy white, c-shaped larvae with well developed head capsules and legs. Larvae (also called grubs) can grow over an inch in length. Green June beetle. Photo by Drees. Adults are large and conspicuous. They like to eat thin-skinned fruits (such as grapes, peaches, figs and others)… Read More →

Insect Hotels

Insect hotels seem to be the new rage. Since I happen to LOVE bugs, this is right up my alley! Two entomology specialists and I will be holding a class to teach people how to create a great space to welcome insects into your yard. We will discuss specific plants that can be used to attract insects, how to create water sources and other things that insects require, and how to create homes for insects. The class will have a hands-on portion where you will create your own… Read More →