Travis County, Texas
A little help with tree ID would be appreciated.
Travis County Texas about 3 years ago
There are recurring piles of mystery poop in my shed.
I emptied the 4-year-old shed in June, after a friend removed power tools stored there for a couple of years. In the process of vacuuming and mopping the sheet vinyl floor, I found several poop piles 2-3" in diameter. The material is about the size of coarse sand: back-and-white granules, which are somewhat tacky/moist/waxy. Cleaned it up. A couple of days later there was another pile. The only source that came to mind was lizards (because of the white) or ants stockpiling something that seems very much like excrement. I cleaned and bug bombed again. More appeared. I bug-bombed again … and put out a couple of big sticky rat traps, hoping to solve the mystery of what kind of critter I'm trying to exclude … and not kill or poison my cats or other creatures. I've left the shed mostly empty until I can identify the critter and take measures to keep it/them out. The piles keep re-appearing, one pile on the sticky trap, but no critters or footprints. The piles grow, but remain neat. Nothing is walking through or otherwise disturbing them. Bats crossed my mind, but the scat particles seem too small … plus, the piles tend to be on the floor, under a built-in table/work-surface … so they would have to be roosting on the underside of the table, not in the rafters. (The underside of the table is pristine clean.) In the last few months larger piles have accumulated along the adjoining wall, on the sole plate between the studs. Poop 'drifts' pile up on the plate, against the studs, and diminish toward the center point between the studs. All of the vents around the top of the walls are screened and seem to keep out everything except oak pollen in a heavy season. The shed is pier and beam construction; the 'crawl space' is screened with chicken wire and lattice to keep out 'possums and raccoons. After 20+ years living in Miami, I'm sure it's NOT termites or carpenter ants. My local go-to savants at Barton Springs Nursery and Breed's Hardware are also at a loss. I live in northeast central Austin's 1960s suburbia, just north of the Mueller development/old airport. I would really appreciate any assistance you can offer. … and would be happy to snail-mail you a little baggie of mystery poop if it would help. THANK YOU! Mary Ann Wilson
Travis County Texas over 4 years ago
I live in Braircliff and am experiencing an ant infestation. How do I find an effective insecticide?I also need help in identifying the type of ant.
Found this black spider with a red orange rectangle and I’m not sure if it’s a black widow spider. Help! Can anyone tell me what kind of spider this is?
Travis County Texas about 1 month ago
I found this bug and was slightly worried it was a type of kissing bug.
Travis County Texas insect identification 2 months ago
We are in central Texas, about 30 miles NW of Austin, on the edge of the Edward's Plateau, with very alkaline soil. Will edible Chinquapins work here? I have a chinquapin Oak that has done well, but I would like to try the edible nut.
Travis County Texas 4 months ago
I have a really tiny Apple sapling in a fairly small pot. It has stopped growing upward and out, but had just kind of sat there. Does it need to be moved to a larger pot? If you notice some leaf tears, that was just from my cat and the plant itself is fine
Travis County Texas 6 months ago
I believe it is Horse Herb or Sprawling Horse Weed (Calyptocarpus vialis Less.) will it hurt her?
Travis County Texas 10 months ago