Bugs and Pests for the Urban Rancher
Insect Answers
Insect identification and control information for household, lawn and garden, and agriculture. Also helpful information for humans and animals.
Insect Image Gallery
Pictures and pictures of insects with common and scientific names. You can control them better if you know what they are.
Fire Ant Website
We're all on the same team when tackling fire ants. Get educated on the best currently available methods to control, not eradicate, these pests.
House-Infesting Ants
Ants are the most difficult household pests to control. Sometimes, treatment methods such as spraying ant trials only make the problem worse!
Carpenter Ants
They're social insects that live in colonies, primarily in wood. Their tunneling in wood and foraging for food and water lead to their "pest" status in or around homes.
Baits for Fire Ant Control
A bait as an insecticide that insects sense to be food. Worker ants find the bait particles and carry them back to the colony, where larvae, workers and queens consume and circulate it.
Texas has approximately 150 species of grasshoppers which are among the most widespread and damaging pests in the state. Weather is the main factor affecting grasshopper populations.
Their presence in the home implies uncleanliness.Cockroaches contaminate food with excrement and salivary secretions, and they many create a bad odor. Nasty!
They can sting you and they have two eyes on the top of their heads, and usually two to five pairs of eyes along the front corners of their heads! Scorpions are close relatives of ticks, mites, and spiders.
Controlling Fleas
They're small, wingless insects that feed on the blook of animals and people. Americans spend about $9 billion a year controlling fleas.
Mosquitoes are one of the most important insect pests that affect the health and well-being of man and his domestic animals.
Most spiders are harmless to humans. Remember Charlotte? Their beneficial role in keeping insect populations in check far outweigh the hazard posed by the few spiders that occasionally bite people.
Scale Insects
Many species of scale insects damage landscape plants, shrubs, and trees. They insert their mouthparts into plant tissues and suck out the sap.
Wood-boring Insects of Trees and Shrubs
Most insect borers are attracted to weakened, damaged, dying or dead plants. They are called secondary invaders because they attack only after a plant has been weakened by another stress.
Managing Insects and Related Pests of Roses
Many species of insects and mites attack and injure roses. Under certain conditions, roses become particularly susceptible to certain pests.
White Grubs in Turfgrass
White grubs are the larval stage of insects commonly known as May or June beetles (or Junebugs). They damage turf by feeding on roots and other underground plant parts.
Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Lawns
Expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dying grass often provide the first clue to chinch bug invasion.
Honey Bees
Because bees and wasps look somewhat alike, honey bees are often blamed for the misdeeds of some of the social wasps such as hornets and yellow jackets. One of the easiest ways to distinguish a honey bee colony from a wasp nest is by the type of material used in making th enest.
How To Select a Termite Control Service
Don't panic if you suspect you have termine infestation. Termites work slowly, so your house will not collapes or be ruined overnight.
Earn Insect Merit Badge
Insect study merit badge worksheet for Boys Scouts of America.
Identification and Control of Turfgrass Diseases
Identifying turf problems requires expertise, experience, and, sometimes, good detective work. Early recognition, identification and treatment are essential to the maintenance of fine turfs.
Protecting the Environment Using Integrated Weed Management in Lawns
Integrated Pest(Weed)Management can be used to control weeds, keep lawns healthy and protect the environment. This publication explains the steps to take in an IPM program and the importance of calibrating equipment and making proper calculations when pesticides need to be applied.
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