Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Celebrating Volunteers

Last week, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Bexar County celebrated our volunteers through a volunteer recognition BBQ at Eisenhower Park.  I had the fabulous opportunity to recognize and thank a family of fantastic people who have helped me put on our famous Beekeeping Basics Program.

The Cole Family has been involved with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for many years through 4-H, but in the past year, they have shared their experience as beekeepers, knowledge and advice to individuals hoping to become beekeepers.  We have produced over 100 potential beekeepers through our trainings!

I can't thank the Cole's enough for their help and sharing their expertise and time.  Anyone who has attended our Beekeeping Basics Program knows how valuable they are.  With them we are able to provide a program   unlike any other in Texas.  I'm not sure anyone else would allow total novices to open up their hives, pull out frames, disturb their bees over and over again and do so with patience!  When they teach you how to be a beekeeper, you actually learn how to do it!

Thank you to all the volunteers who help Texas A&M AgriLife Extension do what we do and teach people! And especially, thank you to the Coles; without them, I could never provide what I consider to be the best and most valuable program we have to offer in Bexar County!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer Travels Could Mean Bed Bugs ... Yuck!

If you are afraid of getting bed bugs, you should be!  Experts estimate that most people will experience bed bugs in the near future than not.  In the past there seemed to be little we could do to manage bed bugs, but things have changed and there are many options.  Bed bugs are kind of like termites - no one wants them, they scare most of us, they can be controlled but its a big investment.

If you want to learn more about bed bugs - where they hide, how they spread, what they look like, how to detect them, and what management options are out there - I will be hosting an educational seminar, May 30th from 2-4pm at the Bexar County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office (3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212).

I have had the great experience of performing a bed bug research study in homeless shelters, so I have some good stories to tell!

Bed Bugs on the back of a bed bug monitoring trap. 
This program is free and open to the public.  However, please RSVP by emailing or call me (Molly) at or 210-467-6575.