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?
- Fly Season is Coming! – Stable FliesPart 1 of "Fly Season is Coming!" (or for many, is here), there could be no other fly worthy of being first than the stable fly. Not only is it the FIRST biting fly to emerge for the year (or if you live in the south, stay active all year) it is also a nasty biter that will take advantage [...] read moreSource: Sonja SwigerPublished on 2020-04-304 weeks ago
- Plastics in Cotton – May 6Date: Wednesday, May 6 Time: 8:30 am -12:00 pm Plastics has been a major issue of the cotton industry. On May 6, AgriLife Extension will host an open discussion with growers and industry experts on best practices and resources to address this issue. Join us from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer/tablet with internet capabilities. [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-04-28By Stephen Biles4 weeks ago
- Thrips, Fleahoppers, and WindHowdy, This week I got pretty sand blasted while scouting. It's been dry and windy, and I've seen cotton with damaged stalks and leaves from the wind, as well as some stand reduction. This year I've seen the usual burned leaves in addition to stalks getting whipped around by the wind, then seedlings wilting from introduction of plant disease, [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2020-04-24By Kate Crumley1 month ago
- Vector CEU Classes in MayContinued social distancing requirements have caused the cancellation of all the in person Spring 2020 Vector CEU classes. But with unprecedented issues come unprecedented steps. TDA has approved the extension of receiving CEUs for 2020 until December 31, 2020 and has also allowed us to move our CEU classes to web-based.If you did not have time to attend one of [...] read moreSource: Sonja SwigerPublished on 2020-04-241 month ago
- I Spy with my Little Eye… Tons of Robber Flies!Robber FlyPhoto Credit: Bart DreesI was overwhelmed today as I took a walk in the sun and the number of robber flies buzzing around! You'll probably notice them too, if you spend a little time outside this spring and through the summer.I'm seeing a grey colored robber fly at the moment (pictured to the left), but later on, as it [...] read moreSource: Molly KeckPublished on 2020-04-23By Molly Keck1 month ago
- Fly Season(s) is Coming!While sitting here in lockdown and away from livestock, it is easy to forget that fly season is upon us and only going to get worse. Since I do not own livestock of my own at this time, just a Great Dane, cats and baby chicks, our neighbor Jim Bob the horse keeps me informed. When you are the size of [...] read moreSource: Sonja SwigerPublished on 2020-04-211 month ago
- This Caterpillar Says DON’T TOUCH ME!It is a good general rule of thumb to avoid caterpillars with hairs or barbs coming from their body. There is a good chance they are stinging caterpillars.Eastern Buck Moth CaterpillarPhoto: Molly KeckThis guy, an Eastern Buck Moth Caterpillar (Hemileuca maia)has been found all over the San Antonio area this spring and it would be wise to avoid it. They [...] read moreSource: Molly KeckPublished on 2020-04-20By Molly Keck1 month ago
- Kudzu bug in TexasKudzu bugs are beetle-like in appearance, but like all true bugs have sucking mouthparts. Photo by Dan Suiter. Last week Texas became the fourteenth state with verified populations of kudzu bug. An alert county Extension agent, Kim Benton, reported kudzu bugs from a home garden in Rusk, TX, south of Tyler. The bugs [...] read moreSource: Merchant-AllPublished on 2020-04-20By mike.merchant1 month ago
- Weekly Gardening Webinar SeriesHorticulturist David Rodriguez and Entomologist Molly Keck are joining forces to provide a weekly plants and bugs webinar series. Join us to learn about your landscape and the insects that could wreak havoc on it! Every Tuesday and Wednesday in April @ 1-2pm Central TimeTo join, CLICK HERE at the time and date of the presentation.Turfgrass Basics April 14 – [...] read moreSource: Molly KeckPublished on 2020-04-13By Molly Keck1 month ago