Betty Dickson needed help to ID an insect invader when hundreds of little striped bugs were suddenly finding their way into her home and barn. OSU Extension Educator helped to ID the invaders and cautioned about the danger to livestock, especially horses. … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | June 30, 2020

Since the release of information about Asian giant hornets, Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists are being inundated with cicada killers and other lookalike insects submitted for identification as a possible “murder hornet,” which thus far … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | June 19, 2020

Did you know there are 85 species of mosquitoes in Texas that have been identified by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s agricultural and environmental safety unit personnel?

That’s a lot of itch-inducing painful pests to worry about. … Read More

Two Asian longhorned ticks atop a dime. Photo by CDC/James Gathany

By Olga Kuchment for AgriLife Today | June 18, 2020

The prevalence of Lyme disease … Read More

TPWD picture of giant salvinia courtesy Larry D. Hodge

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | June 16, 2020

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed the presence of giant salvinia on … Read More

There are about 150 species of grasshoppers in Texas, but 90% of the damage to crops, gardens, trees, and pastures is caused by just five species. Producers should start watching for grasshoppers early in the season and begin control measures while grasshoppers are still nymphs. Smaller grasshoppers are more … Read More

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | May 29, 2020

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed the presence of common salvinia on Lake Fork near Emory after conducting a vegetation survey on May 19, 2020. The common salvinia was found … Read More

Source: Texas A&M Forest Service | May 29, 2020

The presence of the deadly emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed May 19, 2020, in Denton and Bowie Counties. EAB has infested and killed ash trees in both counties, soon adding them … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | May 22, 2020

As the warm weather draws more and more Texans outdoors, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want people to be aware of the danger ticks pose.

“Ticks are blood feeders in all … Read More

Source: Texas Animal Health Commission | May 15, 2020

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture, Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (USDA-CFTEP) have seen an increase of fever tick confirmations outside of established quarantined areas … Read More