The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Learn your beneficial and pest insects

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Smith County will continue its 2016 East Texas Garden Lecture Series Sept. 10 with a program on beneficial and pest insects.

Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management program specialist in Overton, will present The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of garden insects.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. inside the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased in advance at the AgriLife Extension office, 1517 W. Front St. Suite 116 in Tyler.

Chad Gulley, AgriLife Extension agent, Smith County, said Vafaie’s lecture will help attendees establish an insect management plan for landscape and gardens. Gulley said the lecture would cover species typically found around East Texas and also relatively new invasive species, including crape myrtle bark scale.

“The program will go over the pest control and management options available for gardeners,” Gulley said. “Only a very small percentage of insects pose a direct threat to landscapes and crops. An integrated pest management plan can help address problems in the best way that does not hurt beneficial insects.”

The lecture series will continue Oct. 8 with Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, Virginia, whose topic will be Bulbs for Southern Gardens. Heath’s lecture will be at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. in Tyler.

The 2016 lecture series will conclude Nov. 12 with Dr. Jared Barnes, Stephen F. Austin University horticulture professor, who will present Foodscaping with Incredible Edibles at the Tyler Rose Garden.

The lecture series is a collaborative effort between the AgriLife Extension and the Smith County Environmental Horticulture Committee, Smith County Master Gardeners and the city of Tyler water department.

For more information about the lecture series, call the AgriLife Extension office in Smith County at 903-590-2980.

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