Every now and then we get the opportunity to get a little creative with a partner who shares some of our mission. This month our partner is the Methodist Health System, and MHS Publication Specialist, Sarah Cohen. Sarah posed a challenge to a few of us subject matter experts, and her creative team, to come up with an infographic that would help inform you about the different kinds of pests in Texas that bite, sting and sometimes infect us.
Here’s the final product and a link to the MHS news release. It does, I think, a pretty good job of summarizing most of the important Texas (arthropod) pests that bite, sting, or pass on disease. It’s enough to keep you indoors this summer.
Insects and mites that bite and sting seem to both horrify and fascinate most of us. On this website, over the past year, 70% of you explored publications in the category of biting and stinging pests.
But insects and mites need not be scary. Once you know what could be biting you, you can take steps to avoid them. Knowing that the bites of only two kinds of Texas spiders are dangerous and painful, and that their webs are either cobwebs in secluded, out of the way places (black widows), or no substantial web at all (brown recluse) will have you blasting right through all those icky webs crossing the trail with no fear! Well maybe not. But I hope this knowledge might at least make you feel a little better.
I really hope this poster doesn’t make you want to stay indoors. A good insect repellent can protect you against biting mosquitoes, and to some extent, chiggers. Learning how to avoid fire ants is a basic survival skill for all Texans. And this poster offers some helpful tips on what to do if you are bitten or stung. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Just don’t step on any snakes.