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About wizzie.brown

Wizzie Brown is an Extension Program Specialist- IPM with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The Legend of the Christmas Spider

I know what you are thinking….spiders?!  At Christmas?! Spiders are for Halloween.  Well, not in all parts of the world.  There are stories in Eastern Europe, usually from the Ukraine, that tell of a Christmas spider and people will include a spider ornament on their Christmas tree. There is more than one story out there, so you can choose your favorite. Version One: A poor but hardworking widow once lived in a small hut with her children. One summer day, a pine cone fell on the earthen floor… Read More →

2018 Holiday Gift Wish List

It’s that time of year again!  Do you have an arthropod lover in your family?  If so, then here are some great gift ideas! First up is an art piece that I find utterly charming.  The artist is Paul Sumner and you can find his work here. I think that he calls his pieces beetles, but I think they look more like cockroaches (big shock why I love them….).  I found this one particularly unique because it is made from a can of Black Flag insecticide.  What can be… Read More →

Rain and imported fire ants

So last time I posted about rain and mosquitoes.  I thought I needed to follow up that post with one on rain and imported fire ants, especially since it’s still raining. I’ve been getting a fair number of inquiries about imported fire ants as of late.  There are usually two categories of questions that I’ve been fielding: 1. What happens to fire ants when it floods? 2. How do I control all the fire ants that are popping up? I have covered both of these topics before and… Read More →

Rain and mosquitoes

With 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 culprits.  I usually get the statement of the “huge mosquito” or a “mosquito that REALLY hurts when it bites” or a “mosquito that tried to carry them… Read More →

Fall Armyworms

I 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 your house, check out this month’s All Bugs Good and Bad webinar provided by Janet Hurley.

Texas cave scorpion

Most people in Central Texas are well aware of striped bark scorpions as they can be found in the landscape and sometimes will venture indoors.  We have another scorpion that can be found in the area, the Texas cave scorpion. Scorpions are arachnids with eight legs and two body regions.   Scorpions have two pincers or claws, called pedipalps, which help them hold their prey as they eat.  They also have a long tail with a stinger on the tip that can be used for defense or to paralyze their prey. … Read More →

My travelling adventures and the TAMU tick app

I recently returned from a trip to Ohio.  The trip was a bit of an adventure…well, at least the getting there part.  We left here around 7:30AM and were supposed to get to Ohio at 12:35PM with a brief stop in St. Louis.  That did NOT happen.  On our way to St. Louis, there was an announcement about a mechanical issue with the plane, so they decided to land in Dallas to have things checked out.  I am totally fine with that as I would rather be on… Read More →

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series- recordings

Have you been keeping up with the All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series for 2018?  There have been 6 webinars so far this year and we still have 4 more to go.  Webinars are held the first Friday of each month at 1PM CDT. If you missed any (or all) of the webinars from this year, you can still watch them!  Webinars are available for free online, so grab the beverage of your choice, throw on some comfy clothes, and sit down to enjoy.  Click on the link below for the topic you are interested in, then… Read More →

Insect Nail Designs

When I was in middle school I was somewhat obsessed with creating various nail designs with a different color and design on each nail.  Obviously, I had way more time on my hands back then as this was before all the fancy things available now like decals, nail wraps, airbrushing, etc.  I would meticulously color each nail a different color, wait for it all to dry and then move on to creating stripes, dots, or whatever my brain could think up.  While I rarely paint my nails anymore,… Read More →

Seminar on plant pest management- Saturday July 14, 2018

I’m giving a presentation on plant pest identification and management at Round Rock Gardens (901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX 78681).  If we have enough time, I’ll also cover some of the beneficials that can be found in the landscape. Bring your bug questions or samples that you may need help with. WHAT: plant pest ID & management seminar WHERE: 901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX 78681 (@ Round Rock Gardens) WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10AM