AgriLife Extension Entomology
We are located throughout the State and can provide advice on control of urban, structural, landscape, garden, veterinary and agricultural pests, and pests that are threats to human health. Our information is backed by science and research at Texas A&M and other universities and is made practical and relevant by Extension Entomologists, educators or agents who work in each county, right where you live.
What Are Our Extension Entomologists Saying?
- Youth gardening programs grow great kidsElementary school students and their teacher prepare soil and plant vegetables in a school learning garden. There are numerous benefits when youth participate in the Junior Master Gardener Program. Research has shown that outdoor interests, physical activity, and good nutrition all yield positive benefits for youth. And research also [...] read moreSource: School IPMPublished on 2021-06-14By janet.hurley10 hours ago
- Chase MartinChase Martin joined the Texas A&M Agrilife family after graduating from the University of North Texas with a B.S. Biology Degree in 2018. Chase has been involved in research with crapemyrtle bark scale since 2019, working under the supervision of the now-retired Dr. Mike Merchant, Extension Specialist at the Dallas Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. After Dr. Merchant’s [...] read moreSource: Vafaie-AllPublished on 2021-06-14By Erfan Vafaie15 hours ago
- Grace LevyGrace Levy joined the Six-Legged Aggie Team in May of 2021. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2018 and graduated with a M.S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology in 2020. As part of her Master’s research, she studied types of host plant resistance in wheat against bird cherry-oat aphids (Rhopalosiphum padi). Grace is now involved in the crapemyrtle [...] read moreSource: Vafaie-AllPublished on 2021-06-14By Erfan Vafaie15 hours ago
- Fleahoppers and BollwormsHowdy,This week most of our cotton is blooming. We are nearing the end of fleahoppers in cotton, and will very rarely need to treat for them once fields are blooming. I've seen a lot of sprayers going out as our fields dry out. The drier weather is a good opportunity to make herbicide applications.Cotton Flower in Matagorda CountyKate CrumleyOur cotton [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2021-06-11By Kate Crumley4 days ago
- SPN: How to win the fight against stickers; management tips to ruin sandburs’ summerSandbur seed pods are a nasty little sticker that can ruin a walk through the yard. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Erfan Vafaie) Whether you call them stickers or sandburs, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert can help you win the war against these prickly little pain [...] read moreSource: School IPMPublished on 2021-06-10By janet.hurley5 days ago
- Rain and FleahoppersHowdy,This week we've been dodging rain while scouting, all of our crops could use a little drier weather. Our cotton is exhibiting some nitrogen deficiency symptoms since it's been so wet, and the waterlogged conditions have delayed plant maturity. I have received a few questions on PGR considerations with our recent rainfall as well. The best approach with our current [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2021-06-04By Kate Crumley2 weeks ago
- Midge in Grain SorghumSorghum Midge (Stephen Biles) Grain sorghum fields range in maturity from nearing bloom to soft dough and all of these fields need to be scouted frequently. Blooming sorghum is susceptible to sorghum midge and field scouts are finding more midge in the fields this week. Scout sorghum fields 2-3 times per [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2021-06-02By Stephen Biles2 weeks ago
- Watch out for SnakesThe copperhead is among four venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and coral snakes, that people should watch for while walking. Their pattern blends well with fallen leaves and debris on the ground. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension photo by Maureen Frank) Rising temperatures mean the chances of coming across a snake [...] read moreSource: School IPMPublished on 2021-06-01By janet.hurley2 weeks ago
- Mosquito populations booming after rains: Three varieties to worry about, control and repelBiting mosquitoes like this Aedes variety prefer different breeding sites and are active at different times throughout a day. That familiar buzz and bite are signs that mosquito season in Texas is here, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife entomologist. Sonja Swiger, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension [...] read moreSource: Merchant-AllPublished on 2021-06-01By janet.hurley2 weeks ago
- Muddy Fields and FleahoppersHowdy,This week was muddy and our mosquitos are out in force. We're still hoping for drier weather here. Our cotton is exhibiting some nitrogen deficiency symptoms since it's been so wet the past couple of weeks. Waterlogged conditions can also delay plant maturity. For more information check out this website. I have received a few questions on PGR considerations with [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2021-05-28By Kate Crumley3 weeks ago
- Stink Bugs in Grain SorghumRice Stink Bug The Stink Bug is a primary insect pest of grain sorghum from bloom until hard dough. The insect feeds directly on the seed, reducing seed weight and yield. The most common stink bug in grain sorghum of the Mid-Coast is the Rice Stink Bug. Scout sorghum after bloom [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2021-05-26By Stephen Biles3 weeks ago
- Rain and Square LossScouting fields this week we are finding each field is different from the next. Much of this has to do with how the rain affected the field. If the water got off the field or did not stand for too many days, the crop was better off. Square loss Fields that held [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2021-05-25By Stephen Biles3 weeks ago