2017 Feb

Venomous Snake Safety

Venomous Snake Safety Texas is home to over 105 different species and subspecies of snakes. Only 15 of those are potentially dangerous to humans. Those are the snakes that we feature here. For more general information on all the snakes of Texas. Pit Vipers Pit vipers are venomous snakes that have an opening on each [...]

2017 Feb

Venomous Texas Snakes

Venomous Texas Snakes The State of Texas is home to 15 potentially dangerous snake species or subspecies. Despite this, each year, there have been more deaths in Texas attributed to lightning strikes than to venomous snakebites. This is due, in part, to increasing awareness of snakes around us, developing and improved first aid and medical [...]

2017 Feb

Damage Caused by Raccoons

Damage Caused by Raccoons Raccoons are wild animals - they don't make the best house guests. They are simply very sloppy and destructive by nature. Some people have tried to keep them as pets - aside from the danger of being bitten or scratched, the main problem is that they destroy everything in the house. [...]

2017 Feb

Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity

Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study. The microbiome isn’t just important for digestion and immunity; it may also have a hand in social relationships among animals. At least that seems to be [...]

2017 Feb

Texas Administrative Code TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Texas Administrative Code TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PESTICIDES STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL SERVICE TREATMENT STANDARDS Subterranean Termite Post Construction Treatments (a) All pesticide applications must be made in accordance with the directions and precautions specified on the labeling of the pesticide used. (b) A treatment of less than the entire structure will be permitted to accommodate [...]

2017 Jan

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives A second generation of ultra-potent rodenticides creates a first-class crisis for people, pets, and wildlife. Clinical assistant professor Maureen Murray of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in central Massachusetts was doing a good job of keeping her emotions under wraps as she clicked through photos of her recent [...]

2017 Jan

Termites, What you need to know.

Termites Termites, sometimes known as white ants, are a group of eusocial insects usually classified at the taxonomic rank of order, Isoptera. Termites feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter or soil, and about 10% of the 4,000 odd species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically important as pests [...]

2017 Jan

ABOUT BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS

Black widows are notorious spiders identified by the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. Several species answer to the name, and they are found in temperate regions around the world. Venom This spider's bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's. In humans, bites produce muscle [...]