• July 26, 2016

    Cicada Killer Wasps

    These large (1-1/3- to 1-5/8-inch long) wasps fly slowly above the ground. Cicada killers have a black body with yellow marks across the thorax and abdomen. Wings are reddish-orange.
    Although these wasps are huge, they usually ignore people. Males may act

  • May 24, 2016

    Emerald Ash Borer Found in Texas

    May 23, 2016—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the U.S. has been detected in Texas. State and federal agencies are preparing people and communities with information, education

  • February 17, 2016

    Webinar series will help distinguish insect pests from welcome guests

    AUSTIN – What bug is that – and should I leave it alone? It’s a question people often ask themselves when they see a tiny, crawling creature wandering around their lawn, garden or walkway.
    A series of webinars on good and

  • February 10, 2016

    How to Manage Oak Wilt in Texas

    There are three primary approaches used for oak wilt management in Texas. Successful control usually depends on an integrated program incorporating measures from all three approaches. The first approach attempts to prevent the formation of new oak wilt infection centers

  • December 24, 2015

    Giant Asian Dodder – Houston

    If you see this, hit the button on the right and let us know! This is a very serious exotic invasive pest.
    An exotic parasitic plant known as giant Asian dodder has recently been introduced into Texas and threatens a variety

  • December 24, 2015

    Chalcid Wasps on Afghan Pine in El Paso

    In the spring of 2008, Texas A&M Forest Service urban forester Oscar Mestas found dying Pinus eldarica (Afghan pine) in El Paso, TX. Subsequent surveys found dying Afghan pines in several communities in west Texas and southern New Mexico. Further

  • December 24, 2015

    Soapberry Borer – Attacking Western Soapberrys

    A native of Mexico, the soapberry borer (Agrilus prionurus, Coleoptera: Buprestidae) first was reported in Travis County in 2003. Since then, it has been detected in 49 additional counties including near or within the cities of Austin, College Station, Corpus Christi,

  • December 7, 2015

    The Black Twig Borer Poses a Threat in East Texas Trees

    The black twig borer, with the scientific name Xylosandrus compactus, is a tiny ambrosia beetle barely 1/16 inch long. It bores into the thin twigs of over 220 trees and shrubs, including southern magnolia, grape, sweetgum, pecan, dogwood, water oak,