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Rabies and treatment: a personal story

The following story was shared by Mike Merchant, in his blog, Insects in the City. Although the ten pieces of advice near the end are geared for pest management professionals, some of them may be useful to anyone in the general public or who is a profession that requires handling mammals.

Last August I was out for an early morning run when a stray dog rushed me from an alleyway and knocked me down.  In light of other dog attacks in Dallas last summer, at least one of which was fatal, I feared the worst as the dog clamped onto my ankle.  But as soon as I recovered my wits enough to defend myself, the dog was off.  The whole incident probably took no more than five seconds. Continue reading

New AgriLife Extension fact sheet gives buzz on indoor flies

By: Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

It’s getting close to fly season again and a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service publication will help people identify different types of indoor flies, understand their biology and, most importantly, learn how to eliminate them.

“Next to ants, flies may be the most common household pest problem,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Dallas. Merchant is the author of the new six-page fact sheet “Indoor Flies and Their Control,” which provides pictures, descriptions and behavioral details on the most common indoor flies. Continue reading

Texas mosquito populations booming in rainy spring

In Southwest Farm Press

Break out the calamine lotion, sharpen your fingernails, be prepared to itch. Heavy rainfall this spring has created an ideal environment for mosquitoes to breed.

Better yet, do everything possible to avoid the pesky little biters that may do more than cause uncomfortable rashes and annoying itches. They can be deadly.

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Annual Texas school IPM coordinator conference November 13 & 14

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will once again be hosting the annual School IPM Coordinator annual conference and the meeting of the Texas IPM Association for Public Schools (TIPMAPS), November 13 and 14. This conference is open to School IPM Coordinators from states other than Texas. Continue reading

EPA-Hosted Webinar on “School Community Mosquito IPM”

Mike Merchant, Texas A&M Ag Life Extension Service, will open with Mosquitoes: disease vectors of concern, their biology, ID, species comparisons, stages of development and disease. Mr. Joseph Conlon, American Mosquito Control Association, will follow with School Mosquito Integrated Pest Management, Integrating Mosquito Management into your School IPM plan, and Pesticides for mosquito management: why or why not – a decision making rationale. He will also discuss local health department mosquito monitoring and surveillance – the first step in IPM.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM, will continue by identifying preferred mosquito breeding and feeding habits. She will discuss habitat modification another component of IPM, source reduction, and sanitation and maintenance to prevent mosquito borne diseases. Common biological controls will also be introduced, especially for school rain gardens, cisterns and other water collection areas. Dr. Merchant will discuss additional mosquito IPM controls: including mechanical devices, larvicides, IGR’s, and community pesticide spraying. Comments about additional national research, resources, and a Q&A session will conclude the webinar. Continue reading