Pest control professionals in San Angelo notice increase in bed bugs

In San Angelo Live!

by Brandy Ramirez

Since the 1950s, experts considered bed bugs an eradicated nuisance. They were the topics people born before that time talked about in disgusted remembrance, especially if they grew up in low-income housing. For the people after that time, however, bed bugs were simply words parents used when tucking their kids in at night. “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” were words people said with love.

In 2010, however, after the reemergence of bed bugs into the public limelight during a massive outbreak in New York City, that phrase took on a whole new meaning. Since that time, cities and towns in all 50 states across the nation have faced, or are facing, bed bug outbreaks.   Continue reading

CDC researcher finds that blacklegged tick range has increase by nearly half

A researcher at the Centers for Disease Control has found that the blacklegged tick—the tick that transmits Lyme disease—is in 44.7 percent more counties than it was in 1998. A post in the Entomology Today blog reported on the findings on January 18. The research was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

Over the last twenty years, the number of Lyme disease cases has tripled, infecting at least 300,000 people per year. Over that time disease reports have spread from the Northeast and upper Midwest regions to other areas of the U.S. Continue reading

East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 16 in Nacogdoches

by Robert Burns, Texas A&M AgriLife

The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 16 in Nacogdoches will cover topics of interest to conventional and organic growers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event organizers.

“This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts about the latest research results and network with industry sponsors like Wildroot Organics and Bayer CropScience on their latest products,” said Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist. Continue reading

Plant pest, disease detection program slated for Feb. 6 in Austin

The Travis County Master Gardeners will present a program for detecting insects and diseases that may harm gardens and landscapes.

“The idea behind this program is to help gardeners improve their observation skills toward detecting invasive pests and diseases such as the brown marmorated stink bug and rose rosette,” said Daphne Richards, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist for Travis County. Continue reading

Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District position announced

The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) is a local governmental entity serving the citizens of Salt Lake City. The mission of the SLCMAD is the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquito transmitted diseases and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by mosquitoes. Research on the biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases plays an integral role in fulfilling this mission. Current operational budget stands around $2.2 million; however, we are aggressively expanding our program and operations to include construction of an insectary and BSL-II laboratory for arbovirus testing and additional molecular capabilities.

The SLCMAD is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist the SLCMAD Manager in fulfilling the mission of the District. Continue reading

APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly Regulated Area in Harlingen area, Cameron Co., Texas

Effective November 9, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) established a new Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or mexfly) regulated area in the Harlingen area of Cameron County, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from this area. This outbreak is considered to be transient, actionable, and under eradication. Continue reading