Lice in cattle herds can bite producer profits

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

A common wintertime pest in cattle herds – lice – can suck money from producers’ pockets, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton.

Banta said lice can infest cattle throughout the year, but more problems are seen from December to March.  Continue reading

Typhus on the comeback: how to minimize your risk

Travis County, Texas, recently had a death due to typhus, last year typhus showed up in the Lower Valley area.  Typhus is one of those “diseases” that has not been prevalent for many years, but like everything else it is making a comeback.

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Webcast on Effective Integrated Pest Management for Bed Bugs and Lice in the Educational Environment

Hear IPM experts discuss best practices for performing regular inspections and preventive measures to reduce contributing factors for bed bugs and lice, as well as proven methods for responding to and eliminating infestations.

Learn how to improve the success of your IPM initiatives for bed bugs and lice by scheduling and tracking inspections as part of a preventive maintenance program.

The webinar will cover IPM standards and proven best practices that will help you:

  • Identify, monitor and manage bed bugs, lice and other pests in schools
  • Improve precautionary measures
  • Prevent an infestation problem
  • Improve pest management with less pesticide use and no increase in cost
  • Establish preventive maintenance activities to manage pest problems long-term
  • Educate instructors, administrators, maintenance/custodial staff, and students

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A confirmation page will appear with a link to add the event to your calendar and an email will soon follow that also has the connection information.  If you have questions, ideas or issues, please contact Roger Young at or 1-978-886-6093.

The Answer to Controlling Lice May Be in their Genes

Aside from the bedbug, one other blood-sucking creature has gotten a bad rap throughout history and is typically on the “least wanted” pest list: the louse. Common in schools and other communal living areas, lice seem to create trauma for the person they infest. Typically we associate lice with homeless people or anyone who lacks good hygiene, so when the eight-year-old daughter of a tenured faculty member gets lice, the infestation becomes an embarrassment to be eradicated as quickly as possible. The good news is that new research on lice genes may lead to some new control options.

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