Because many bite marks look very similar, it can be difficult to know what has bitten a person without actually seeing the arthropod. However, knowing some information can help narrow down the choices.
For treatments of bites, consult a physician, who can prescribe medications. Several over-the-counter medications and ointments are available to help reduce itching and swelling. When buying these products, ask a physician or pharmacist for advice on which to choose.
This publication explains how to identify and manage common insects and mites that cause problems for people in and around their homes. Discussed are lice, bed bugs, fleas, scabies mites, chiggers, and bird and rodent mites. (4 Pages)
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During 2016, a dramatic increase in the incidence and severity of post oak mortality occurred throughout much of Texas’ A scenario called’ "rapid decline of post oaks." Recent episodes of severe drought combined with fluctuating periods of extreme, unseasonal flooding created conditions for outbreaks of diseases and pests that, under normal conditions, do not kill […]
Grapevine trunk diseases (GTDs) reduce the lifespan of vineyards and increase the production costs of growing winegrapes. A broad category of chronic diseases caused by many fungal pathogens, GTDs occur throughout all winegrape growing regions in the world. This publication discusses symptoms associated with various GTDs and how to manage GTDs. It also includes URL […]
Many distinctive cypresses are popular choices for Texas landscapes, but with their increasing use, several diseases have emerged that limit their lifespan. This publication discusses several diseases such as: Cankers Foliar problems Root diseases Causes and symptoms of root diseases How to manage root diseases (4 Pages)
Pierce's Disease of grapevines can be difficult to diagnose since symptoms may vary due to different grape varieties, the time of infection, or the vineyard location in Texas' diverse climates and regions. This guide outlines the steps for determining whether Pierce's Disease is infecting diseased vines. (3 Pages)
Cotton root rot disease infects more than 2,000 plant species and causes the most severe root rot disease of crops and landscape plants in the southwestern United States. As the Texas winegrape industry expands, cotton root rot has become a limiting factor to establishing successful vineyards in some parts of the state. This publication discusses […]
Grapevine virus diseases can ruin crops and inflict great costs on winegrape producers. Virus diseases can be difficult to diagnose and the damage they cause can be unpredictable. This publication discusses several viral pathogens and how to manage them: grapevine leafroll disease, red blotch disease, rugose wood disease complex, and fanleaf degeneration and decline. (5 […]