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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Texas Apiary Inspection Service assists beekeepers by checking nosema and varroa levels in order to help diagnose problems found in hives.
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Insects, Pests & Diseases

Publications

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Esta publicación de 3 páginas analiza cómo identificar insectos que atacan los huertos familiares y cómo manejarlos.

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Timing effective treatment to control sugarcane aphids in sorghum depends on the size of the sugarcane aphid population.

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There may not be one “best” way to control fire ants, but this publication can help you find the most cost-effective and environmentally sound method for each situation.

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We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
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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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In the Natural Resources project area, youth gain knowledge and experience in a variety of outdoor topic areas such as water conservation, outdoor living skills, forestry, fishing, and more. Young Texans involved in these projects are introduced to a vast array of educational and fun opportunities to be immersed in the world around them.

Courses

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Explore how to start a beehive with this online beekeeping course for beginners. Learn how to start a beehive, honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment needed and more.

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This introductory course is for School district administrators, animal control specialists, code enforcement agents, and pest management professionals. This course offers SPCS-TDA license holders 1 Pest CEU toward annual license renewal.

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Those who participate in this course will learn about herbicides, different modes of action, and different herbicide families. Pesticide applicators looking to receive 1 hour of credit for TDA pesticide general CEU can be earned with this course.

All Resources on Insects, Pests & Diseases

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    Do you know how to apply IPM principles to your school garden as required by Texas state law? After this course, learners will know how IPM principles apply to school gardens, differentiate between harmful and beneficial insects, and more. District School IPM Coordinators can use this module as part of their education plan.

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    This 8-hour course is designed to satisfy the Apprentice Training Requirements as specified in Rule 7.132 (i) (2) and will cover common termites in Texas along with other wood-destroying insects.

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    Esta publicación de 3 páginas analiza cómo identificar insectos que atacan los huertos familiares y cómo manejarlos.

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    This course covers the application requirements for the use of approved dicamba and 2,4-D auxin formulations. This training qualifies for 1 CEU of laws and regulations, and successful certification permits the use of approved auxin formulation for the 2024 season only.

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    This Picolinic Acid Chemistry Training covers the application requirements for the use of Invora™ herbicide for brush and weed management on rangeland sites in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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    Are you interested in learning about plant diseases and how to detect pathogens and pests? This online course introduces plant pathology basics to horticulture enthusiasts. Upon completion, learners will know how to identify issues based on visible symptoms and locate the resources to treat basic plant ailments.

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    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 four-course aquatic vegetation series provides landowners and pesticide applicators biological information for submerged, algae, floating, and emergent species of problematic aquatic plants found in Texas.

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    This online course is designed for landowners and pesticide applicators who are looking for techniques to control pond algae and floating aquatic plants, commonly known as pond weeds or pond grass. This course offers 1 hour of IPM CEU credit.

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