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About wizzie.brown

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

Austin 7th Annual Beekeeping Seminar

When:        Jan. 27, 2018  Who:           Austin Area Beekeepers Association Where:       Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757 Cost:          $60   Register at:  https://aabaseminar2018.eventbrite.com Why: The mission of this daylong seminar is to educate people of all experience levels in sustainable science-based bee husbandry and to provide support to worthy bee charities. The lion’s share of the proceeds are donated to the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab, the Texas Beekeepers Association Queen’s Program, the Texas Master Beekeeping Program and other bee charities.    Description: This is a daylong seminar offering 5 different educational presentations… Read More →

2017 Holiday Gift Wish List

Ready for the 2017 arthropod gift idea list?  Hopefully I’ve found something for every discerning person on your gift list. Not only are these spider slippers adorable, but they will also keep your toes toasty on those chilly winter evenings.             If those slippers are a bit too cutesy for you, then you can try these classier Jimmy Choo Sloane scarab slippers.  Unfortunately (or fortunately based upon your budget), these are currently sold out.         For the more intellectual person on your gift… Read More →

Free Webinar Today- Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans

What: “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series” When: Friday , December 1st at 1:00 pm CST Who: Alan Brown,  from ABC Home & Commercial Services in Austin, TX,  Topic: “Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans”.  This will be great information as many of us get ready to travel for the holidays. The link to the live webinar is here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/885968890 Details: The webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it any time.  To watch a webinar, just log in as a guest 15 minutes before the… Read More →

Thanksgiving dinner conversation….

As we gear up for Turkey Day next week, I thought I would pop a bit of knowledge into the back of your brain that you can share with dinner companions. As you sit at the dinner table with your group, you can casually say “Did you know that there are allowable amounts of insects in our food?” “No!” your companions will gasp. “Yes!” you will insist.  “I learned about it on this really great blog I read.  You should subscribe to it!” So, if you don’t believe… Read More →

Green lynx spiders

Today our Travis County Master Gardener volunteers were working in our demonstration garden to tidy things up.  I always love when they come out as I get to interact with them directly with hands-on teaching moments.  Today, I was not disappointed.  One of them came in to see if I could tell them about a spider she found.  You can look at the title to figure out what it was…. Green lynx spiders are large, bright green spiders with slightly elongated abdomens and spiny legs.  They are usually found on… Read More →

Asp a.k.a. puss caterpillars

These have been a hot news item lately in Central Texas.  I did a news interview & Facebook Live broadcast yesterday to talk about them. While these teardrop shaped caterpillars look soft and touchable, they are NOT! Asps have spines attached to venom glands that can lead to a nasty sting, rash, and other issues. Some people may have a more severe reaction than others and where you are stung (thickness of the skin) can effect things. You can read my previous post on asps HERE. KVUE story… Read More →

Glowing scorpions

Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to attend KLRU‘s Next Nights.  Since it’s October, they wanted some “spooky” things, so I headed over with the menagerie of arthropods.  Unknown to me until about half way through the event, the night was to showcase Strange Town, KLRU’s show on paranormal adventures.  Apparently, the location of the event is haunted!  To fit in with the paranormal/ haunting theme, the event was lighted appropriately, but fortunately we had flashlights to highlight things that were a bit difficult to see with the… Read More →

FREE Webinar series- All Bugs Good & Bad

Have you been watching the FREE webinar series All Bugs Good & Bad?  It happens the first Friday of each month at 1PM Central time.  If you are just now joining in, don’t fret because past webinars are available online. The next webinar is all about invasive ants.  I know here in Texas we have a fair amount of invasive ants, so this one would be a good one to watch.  Here’s the skinny: WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017 WHERE: online click here New invasive ant species?  Yes,… Read More →

September 9, 2017- What I’m seeing

Insects that I’ve been getting the most questions on lately are: 1. MOSQUITOES- why are they so HUGE?! These are floodwater mosquitoes and I’m going to direct you to some great articles that were recently released to provide with all the details.  Click HERE and HERE. 2. Hackberry psyllids are back! Have you been seeing tiny fly-like insects piling up on your windowsill?  If so, you may have hackberry psyllids.  These are pretty common around here in the late summer into fall.  You can see my previous post… Read More →

Heartworms

I know that heartworms are not an insect (they are a parasitic roundworm), but they are transmitted by mosquitoes so I feel I am within my bailiwick. So why write about heartworms now?  Today, on my google calendar I have scheduled that my dogs are to get their heartworm preventative.  This task was added to my calendar way back in 2015 and was set to repeat monthly without end.  I also set up my calendar to send me an email reminder on the day, so I don’t forget… Read More →