All Bugs Good or Bad on Pollinators June 1

Join us for the presentation on Friday, June 1 at 2:00 PM Eastern time.  Texas AgriLife IPM Program Specialist Molly Keck will speak on ‘How to Attract Pollinators to Our Yard.’  Last year in the series, we met many of our native pollinators.  This year we will learn the fundamentals for creating  a pollinator oasis in our landscape.

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Snout butterfly making migration in Texas

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

What may appear to some to be a butterfly invasion in South Central Texas is really just an annual migration of the American snout butterfly, said Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist for Bexar County.

“Right now these snout butterflies are migrating through the region in huge numbers on their way toward the Rio Grande River area,” Keck said

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Oak wilt, other tree diseases examined at program in San Antonio

By: Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Tree diseases, with oak wilt taking center stage, were the focus of the Tree Disease Identification and Management program held recently at the Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio.

More than 120 people, including landscapers, tree care experts, certified arborists, green industry representatives, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, attended the program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M Forest Service and City of San Antonio. Continue reading

It’s time for spiders!

Fall and Halloween usually bring attention to creepy, crawly, scary spiders. While it’s fun to pretend they are scary and gross, October is also the time of year when a lot of spiders become active and lay their egg sacs – especially spiders found in the garden. The truth about spiders is that most are absolutely harmless to us! Spiders are an excellent beneficial insect to keep around in the garden and landscape. Many are active hunters and all feed on other insects. Without you realizing, they may be keeping your whitefly, leafhopper and aphid populations down.

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Don’t Bug Me webinars return this fall

The Don’t Bug Me webinar series returns this fall.  Dr. Kathy Flanders, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says fall is an important time of year to deal with fire ants and other insect pests.

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