Springtime Means Tick Time! Learn to Protect Yourself

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preliminary results from three different evaluation methods suggest that the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States is around 300,000. Ticks are a growing problem across much of the nation. As you gear up to spend more time in the great outdoors, EPA has some important information for you about how to protect yourself from ticks.

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Texas Entomologists Win Regional Award for Successful Biocontrol of Invasive Saltcedar

The invasive saltcedar now has a formidable foe, thanks to a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Entomlogists and efforts by over a dozen stakeholders and agencies. Once a giant that lapped up riparian water resources and caused flooding by altering stream flow, saltcedars are now losing ground to three species of leaf beetles that are literally eating them to death. Behind the success of this pest management effort is a regional collaboration of federal, state and private agencies led by the Saltcedar Biological Control Team consisting of Dr. Allen Knutson and Dr. Mark Muegge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Dr. Jerry Michels and Erin Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Research. In February, these four entomologists received the Friends of Southern IPM Pulling Together award at the meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomology Society of America.

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