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.
22+ 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 flea and tick products) 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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Helen: You are smart not to touch this one!!!!!!! This is a Puss caterpillar, commonly called an "asp" across the southern US. This caterpillar has three rows of venomous spines along its back that
Howdy Crystal! Assassin bugs are very common across the southern US. There are several different species of assassin bugs ranging from Wheel Bugs to Flower Assassins to Zelus Assasins to Kissing Bugs
German cockroaches are the most common cockroach species that is associated with man. They aren't always in a place just because of hoarding, etc... When I was in college, I lived in an apartment complex
Fruit flies are definitely small enough to come through a window screen. However, I notice a definite pattern from your latest description: You are seeing them heaviest in the bathroom, near the kitchen
These look a lot like fruit flies. Fruit flies are attracted to peaches, pears, apples, bananas and potatoes in the kitchen. In dry times, they also seek moisture in the sink drain. If you keep any
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