Episode 25

Published on:

25th May 2022

Carpenter ants

Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants that can be found in Texas and are considered to be a wood destroying insect. Listen in to find out how to identify and manage these insects if you find them in your home.

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Music by Owen DesBles


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About the Podcast

Unwanted Guests
Pests of urban structures
Learn about insects you may find in and around Texas homes.

Learn about insects that occur in and around urban structures of Texas; whether they be pests, beneficials, or simply fascinating! This podcast is presented by Molly Keck, Wizzie Brown, Robert Puckett, and Janet Hurley through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M Department of Entomology.

Unwanted Guests image produced by Natalie Cervantes.
Intro and outro music produced by Owen DesBles.

About your hosts

Molly Keck

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I am an entomologist (integrated pest management program specialist) with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Bexar County. My specialty is urban and landscape insects but I also love beekeeping and teaching people about beekeeping.

Robert Puckett

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Dr. Robert Puckett is an Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist at Texas A&M University. Since graduate school, his research has primarily involved investigations of the biology, behavior, and management of invasive social insect species including red imported fire ants, tawny crazy ants, and Formosan subterranean termites. Additionally, he is engaged in research involving a wide variety of urban insect pests including bed bugs, cockroaches, flies, and ornamental pests.

JANET Hurley

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I'm an Associate Certified Entomologist who specializes in integrated pest management (IPM) for schools with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Dallas, TX. My specialty is rodents and bats, but I have to know a little about all pests that can invade a building structure. I am an avid backyard gardener and dog owner.

Wizzie Brown

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I'm an entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, based out of Austin, Texas. I conduct educational program, research, and demonstration projects on urban and structural insects, working with a variety of audiences.