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Butterfly gardening gets a boost 27 Aug 2013 | 12:11 am

Anyone who knows me, knows I love books. Especially books with beautiful pictures.  And what subject is more beautiful than butterflies? The book I have most commonly recommend for people interesting...

A squirrelly problem 24 Aug 2013 | 02:55 am

Fox squirrels are the most common and aggressive squirrel species in Texas. Squirrels may be cute, and I enjoy watching squirrels in the woods as much as anyone.  I’m less entranced, however, by the ...

West Nile virus perspective 11 Aug 2013 | 03:31 am

Mosquitoes rest in shady areas of the landscape until they begin actively searching for a host This week I attended the West Nile virus survivors support group, hosted by Dr. Don Read and his wife Ro...

What is a beneficial parasite? 3 Aug 2013 | 03:48 am

The words “beneficial” and “parasite” are not normally heard together.  But when talking about gardens, and parasitic wasps that attack pests, the word pairing makes good sense. Many insects in bo...

What to do if you’re attacked by bees? 30 Jul 2013 | 05:58 am

A few bees entering a home usually means a nest is somewhere inside. This colony in a roof soffit likely consists of 30,000 or more bees. The unpredictability of bees means that a normally peaceful ne...

Cedar oil claims challenged 18 Jul 2013 | 07:32 am

Products that claim to control insects affecting human health must be properly registered and be backed up by data that shows the product really works. The company claimed that their bed bug and head...

New bed bug publication 14 Jun 2013 | 01:46 am

Got bed bugs? There’s help on the way in the form of a new AgriLife Extension fact sheet. Extension publication Ento-033, How to Select a Bed Bug Control Provider gives practical advice on what to loo...

Carabid beetles common in some areas 12 Jun 2013 | 06:46 am

The past week has brought in several calls about swarming beetles, which appear to be Carabid beetles of the genus Harpalus.  Ground beetles are fast moving, predatory beetles that, as the name implie...

Mosquito and bed bug webinars 5 Jun 2013 | 01:27 am

If you’ve never participated in a webinar (seminar on the Web), two good opportunities are coming up shortly.  This Friday, June 7, the Don’t Bug Me Webinar Series is hosting Dr. Dini Miller to explai...

New pest of lilies in Texas 23 May 2013 | 07:12 am

While on a garden tour in Tyler, TX this week, Smith County Horticulture Agent Keith Hansen was alerted to a new pest of lilies in town. Some visiting Louisiana scientists pointed out signs of the day...

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