I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you.
Over 20 years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.
Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter
BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.
Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.
Insects are one of the most diverse and interesting groups of creatures on the planet. They are found everywhere except the poles and the deepest oceans.
Better public understanding of insects and the benefits of having insects around. Only 2% of all insect species are actually pests and spoil it for the rest of the insect world.
Texas is home to more native and migratory butterfly species that any other state in the U.S.!
1) During their sleep, people swallow an average of 8 spiders during their lifetime! Urban legend or truth??? 2) There are ~1 million species of insects identified on earth, but experts believe there may be as many as 30 million species of insects total.
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John: Normally, insects stay in some sort of dormancy until spring in Texas. HOWEVER, when temperatures turn exceedingly warm, we will see insects emerging that don't normally appear this early. Insects
K: This ferocious beast belongs to a group of insects called Robber Flies. They are predators on other insects and get their name because they will take prey from spider webs as well as other insects
Rose: This isn't a nest at all. This is the protective case built by a bagworm. Bagworms are a type of moth that build cases of silk and then stick pieces of whatever they are feeding on to the silk
You must first know what kind of termites are infesting the furniture. Subterranean termites come to the furniture via tunnels or from the ground and into the furniture that's touching the groung. Drywood
I live in San Antonio and our warm spells have wreaked havoc on the insects. As for ticks, there are a couple of possible scenarios: 1) these masses of ticks represent a group that fed on a host and
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