Insects, Pests & Diseases

We have a wide range of information, publications and specialists that cover an array of questions related to insects, pests and diseases. Topics run the gamut from beneficial and pest insect identification to integrated pest management regimens and protection from vector-borne diseases.

Related Departments: Entomology, Plant Pathology and Microbiology

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Insects, Pests & Diseases

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This Excel file has several spreadsheets that are designed to provide tools to aid in determining application rates and costs for herbicides, insecticides, and adjuvants (surfactants) commonly used in the management of pastures and hayfields. A PDF copy of the directions included on the first tab of the spreadsheet is also available for download here: […]

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These directions correspond with the Excel spreadsheet titled "Herbicide and Insecticide Cost Per Acre Spreadsheet" (ANSC-PU-430). The Excel file has several spreadsheets that are designed to provide tools to aid in determining application rates and costs for herbicides, insecticides, and adjuvants (surfactants) commonly used in the management of pastures and hayfields. (3 Pages)Download the Excel […]

Publication

Many insects feed and make their homes in the bark, trunks, and branches of shade trees and shrubs in Texas. Insect borers belong to several different insect groups including a variety of beetles, moths, and horntail wasps. This publication discusses the different types of wood-boring insects and the damage they cause. (12 pages)

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The Plant Pathology (PLPM) Extension program provides services across Texas through subject-matter specialists in areas of plant health management, plant diseases, plant-microbe interactions and environmental sciences.

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Pesticide applicator certification standards are set to ensure that restricted pesticides are available to those who protect food, forage, structures, health, water, rights-of-way, and landscapes.

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The Texas 4-H Natural Resources Program provides a variety of resources and opportunities to learn about wildlife, forestry, water conservation and more.

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Course

This 8 hour course is designed to satisfy the Apprentice Training Requirements as specified in Rule 7.132 (i) (2) and will cover common structural invertebrate and vertebrate pests of the United States, particularly in the state of Texas.

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This online course covers the types of butterflies in Texas and how to attract them. Homeowners or garden enthusiasts will learn to invite new fluttery friends to the neighborhood.

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This course is designed to assist pest management companies in training new employees. By taking this course, apprentices and other employees will have the opportunity to receive 20 hours of in-depth training required by the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Service.

All Resources on Insects, Pests & Diseases

  • Publication

    This Excel file has several spreadsheets that are designed to provide tools to aid in determining application rates and costs for herbicides, insecticides, and adjuvants (surfactants) commonly used in the management of pastures and hayfields. A PDF copy of the directions included on the first tab of the spreadsheet is also available for download here: […]

  • Publication

    These directions correspond with the Excel spreadsheet titled "Herbicide and Insecticide Cost Per Acre Spreadsheet" (ANSC-PU-430). The Excel file has several spreadsheets that are designed to provide tools to aid in determining application rates and costs for herbicides, insecticides, and adjuvants (surfactants) commonly used in the management of pastures and hayfields. (3 Pages)Download the Excel […]

  • Course

    This 8 hour course is designed to satisfy the Apprentice Training Requirements as specified in Rule 7.132 (i) (2) and will cover common structural invertebrate and vertebrate pests of the United States, particularly in the state of Texas.

  • Publication

    Many insects feed and make their homes in the bark, trunks, and branches of shade trees and shrubs in Texas. Insect borers belong to several different insect groups including a variety of beetles, moths, and horntail wasps. This publication discusses the different types of wood-boring insects and the damage they cause. (12 pages)

  • Publication

    Plum leaf scald (PLS) is caused by the bacterium (Xylella fastidiosa). This organism causes disease symptoms in many plant species such as:Peaches (Phony peach disease)OakElmMapleAlmondSycamore trees (bacterial leaf scorch)Coffee (bacterial leaf scorch)Grape (Pierce’s disease)Citrus (citrus variegated chlorosis (yellowing))This factsheet discusses the symptoms, transmission, and control of PLS. (2 Pages)

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