It all comes down to water and soil conditions.
“Extreme temperatures lead to more soil moisture losses due to evaporation,” explains Daniel Cunningham a horticulturist at Texas A&M AgriLife. “That paired with sporadic and minimal rainfall events can be a pretty harsh one-two punch to your turf.”
“While there is still a ways to go before the food distribution system is back online and we have fully stocked shelves, we are getting there,” said Greg Pompelli, Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M AgriLife-led Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense Center.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott moved in May to convene a “murder hornet” task force following the sightings, led by Texas A&M AgriLife.
“DEET has an unusually strong safety record when you consider it has been used for more than 60 years by the public with very few reported incidents of toxicity,” says Michael Merchant, PhD, an urban entomologist at Texas A&M University in Dallas. “But if someone is sensitive to it, do consider other options.”
While the soldier fly protein industry is still very young, scientists have been studying these insects since the 1980s and even earlier, according to Jeffery Tomberlin, PhD, an entomologist who teaches at Texas A&M University.
Understanding how large game respond to rising temperatures provides key insights into the future sustainability of moose and bison populations on landscapes where increased warming has become a concern.
Status bestowed upon members demonstrating extraordinary service to ESA. Michael Merchant, Ph.D., professor of extension urban entomology for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service among honored.
“They have no reason to sting if away from the nest,” said Molly Keck, an entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Roughly 2,600 Chevrolet Tahoes and GMC Yukons that were built in Arlington, Texas got covered in black residue while in storage, and the insects are supposedly to blame.