Tag Archives: IPM

Backyard Bug Hunt: New Insects to Watch For

Join Wizzie Brown for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt: “New” Insects to Watch For Wizzie talks about insects that are considered invasive species. When: Jan 21, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvc-mrpzIuHNI5b_aggQEVhIGw7ODCyP6S After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management AgriLife Extension Entomology Texas Invasives

Backyard Bug Hunt: End of Year Q&A

Join Wizzie Brown for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt End of Year Q&A – You Ask, Wizzie Answers! Bring your insect/ arthropod questions! This webinar will rely on YOU asking Wizzie any insect questions that you have and Wizzie will do her best to answer them. Meeting Information: When: Dec 10, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIld-mtqz4oE9xkbQpVgL_xK9W9G6WhncaC After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be… Read More →

Carpenter Ants May Be a Problem This Year by Wizzie Brown

Carpenter Ants Capitalizing on Freeze Damage With the freeze we had earlier this year, many people lost trees or branches of trees. Many people have already cleaned up their yard but others are still waiting for help from arborists to cut down dead trees or prune damaged limbs. If you, or your neighbor, is one of the people who choose to leave things in place, you may now be dealing with carpenter ants. Identifying Carpenter Ants Carpenter ants are large ants varying in color from all black to… Read More →

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar: Kissing bugs & their look-a-likes

Join Wizzie Brown for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Kissing bugs & their look-a-likes Kissing bugs & their look-a-likes Meeting Information: When: Nov 5, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcuCsrDMrHtxrdOldGgiz7Pqgb4xxtEO5 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

Leaffooted Bugs Common in Summer Vegetable Gardens by Wizzie Brown

Leaffooted Bugs and Stink Bugs Closely Related Leaffooted bugs are sometimes mistaken for stink bugs, which are a closely related insect. However, Leaffooted bugs are larger than stink bugs and have an elongated body. Some leaffooted bugs have an expanded region on their hind leg that looks similar to a leaf, hence the name leaffooted bug (Figure 1). Identifying Traits Adult insects are fairly large and grayish-brown. Immatures, or nymphs, look similar to adults, but may differ in color and lack the expanded region on the leg until… Read More →

Fall Armyworm Populations Active in Austin Area

Fall armyworm larvae, or caterpillars, are light tan to light green with a brownish-black head. These caterpillars have a white line between their eyes that forms an inverted Y-shape. Larvae have yellowish and black banding along their body as well as four large spots at the end of the abdomen. Adults are small moths with a wingspan of 1.5 inches with mottled brownish-grey wings. Fall armyworms overwinter in the pupal stage in south Texas. Once adults emerge from the pupal stage, they migrate northward during spring as temperatures… Read More →

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Flies: Identification & Management

Join Wizzie Brown for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Flies I’ve been getting many questions on various types of flies lately, so I figured a webinar on identification and management would be a good idea. Click on the link below to register for the webinar being held THIS FRIDAY. Meeting Information: When: Aug 6, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdeypqz4jGt2bl2dwnqNNs_jiqVW1JpGE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is… Read More →

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Beneficial Insects

Join Wizzie Brown for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Beneficial Insects Meeting Information: When: Jul 16, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpduGtqjkrEtFHtHKkisyx6EsBeUwHEVuY After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Top 10 Summer Insects ID

Join us for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Top 10 Summer Insects ID Meeting Information: When: Jun 25, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYude-rrzgjEtVIBSnQVtDVdMFUimvp4NUq After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

Mosquito Repellents by Wizzie Brown

Mosquitoes are out in masses and since they are capable of disease transmission, it is important that you protect yourself when spending time outside. Of course, you can wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in light colors to reduce the number of mosquitoes that can reach your skin when outside, but this is not always the option people choose with temperatures on the rise. Another option to protect yourself is mosquito repellent. How to Properly Apply Mosquito Repellent Apply repellent only to clothing and exposed skin; do… Read More →