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?
- It’s a “murder hornet”! Or is it?Don’t reach for the shotgun yet. There are many wasps that look similar to the Asian giant hornets you’ve seen on TV. Images courtesy Hanna Royals (USDA APHIS PPQ ITP), specimens provided by Colorado State University’s C.P. Gillette Museum. If you’ve never heard of “murder hornets,” more accurately called Asian giant hornets, Vespa mandarinia, [...] read moreSource: Merchant-AllPublished on 2020-06-09By mike.merchant2 months ago
- Flowers and BollsCotton BloomPhoto: Kate CrumleyHowdy, This Wednesday the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling vacating the federal registration for three dicamba herbicide products, Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia. I know several of you have questions on this, and the links below are the most up to date info I've seen on this:Agrilife Texas Agriculture Law UpdateTexas Department [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2020-06-05By Kate Crumley2 months ago
- Coastal Bend Crop UpdatesWe have a new way for you to get IPM updates during the production season. Extension Agents – IPM on the Texas Coast, Kate Crumley and Stephen Biles are now producing a weekly “podcast” you can hear on the internet. It is easy to sign up for text alerts which will send a text message when these are made available. [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-06-04By Stephen Biles2 months ago
- Flowering CottonCotton BloomPhoto: Kate CrumleyHowdy, This week Stephen Biles and I put together an audio update on what we are seeing going on in our areas. If you are interested in checking that out, you can sign up to receive text updates when we post them on Thursday afternoons at this website https://www.texasinsects.org/signup-coast.html. It was pretty muddy in all three counties this [...] read moreSource: Upper Coast IPMPublished on 2020-05-29By Kate Crumley2 months ago
- Sugarcane Aphids Found in SorghumGrain sorghum fields in the Mid-Coast vary in maturity from soft/hard dough to pre-bloom. These fields should be scouted weekly for insect pests. Today, we found sugarcane aphids in fields near Bayside. While these fields are not at a level needing treatment, the population should be monitored twice weekly to ensure they don’t get out of hand. Sugarcane aphids can [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-05-27By Stephen Biles2 months ago
- Asian Giant HornetYou’ve probably heard of the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, by now. It’s the world’s largest hornet. Native to Asia, it was sighted for the first time in Washington state and Canada in late 2019. Keeping these insects out of Texas is important because they are formidable predators of honey bees, which are crucial for crop pollination.To learn more [...] read moreSource: Sonja SwigerPublished on 2020-05-272 months ago
- Emerald ash borer in DentonHigh risk zones for emerald ash borer based on known locations where the borers are established. May 2020. Circles show the areas within 15 miles of known EAB infestations; any ash trees of value within these circles should be treated this [...] read moreSource: Merchant-AllPublished on 2020-05-18By mike.merchant3 months ago
- Grain Sorghum Across the BoardSorghum fields range in maturity from 4-5 leaf to bloom. This is the result of planting across 5-6 weeks. As a result of this we need to be on the lookout for a wide variety of insect pests. Headed sorghum should be checked for stink bugs and headworms. Scout for these pests using a small bucket, beating the heads into [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-05-08By Stephen Biles3 months ago
- Thrips and Fleahoppers in Some Cotton FieldsThis week while scouting cotton fields in Calhoun, Refugio, and Victoria Counties, we have found thrips, cotton fleahopper, and aphids. Photo by S. Biles A few young cotton fields have thrips above economic levels of 1-2 per true leaf. This is not a comment I am fond of making because, I rarely think of thrips [...] read moreSource: Mid-Coast IPMPublished on 2020-05-08By Stephen Biles3 months ago