An information clearinghouse would best describe the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Cross Timbers Brush Management Symposium to be held on May 5. The event is set for 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at City Hall at City Limits.

The event is planned to be a one-stop shop for Cross Timbers area landowners looking for

brush management information.

The symposium is meant to introduce and educate landowners on many of the new brush management materials and methods available.

The event will highlight land management practices, opportunities that are available and present a trade show that has vendors that are relative to land management in the Cross Timbers area.

Topics and speakers will include:

Common Ag Practices Myths vs Facts- Ron Gill, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist · What’s growing in my Pasture - James Jackson, Extension Range Specialist Programs and Opportunities Available for Land Owners - Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife          Extension Economist Wildlife Management in the Cross Timbers – Jim Cathey- Extension Wildlife Specialist Vendor Updates Registration is $40 and includes a catered lunch and three (3) Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for private applicator license holders. The event will also include a trade show.  AgriLife Extension offices in the following counties are program collaborators: Erath, Somervell, Hood, Hamilton, Palo Pinto, Eastland, Comanche and Bosque.

Preregister by April 28.

For more information and to register, contact Jackson at 254-968-4144 or your local county extension office.

Fight mosquitoes

“The Four D’s”  – How to Manage Mosquitoes & Protect Against Bites

Dusk/Dawn – Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are searching for a blood meal, which is usually in the early morning hours and just before the sun goes down. While some species are daytime biters, many prefer to feed at night but all can be actively feeding at dusk and dawn. Drain – Empty standing water from “containers” around your home and work areas, such as buckets, wheelbarrows, kiddie pools, toys, dog bowls, water troughs, tires, bottles, etc. Make improvements that allow standing water to run off following rains. Dress – If out during mosquito feeding hours, wear long sleeves and pants in plain colors. Avoid attracting them by wearing excessive amounts of perfume or aftershave. Defend – Any time you go outside for an extended period of time, wear a mosquito repellent. DEET provides up to 6 hours of high protection from mosquitoes and has an excellent safety record. People who dislike the smell or oily feel of DEET can choose from two other excellent mosquito repellents. Lemon oil of eucalyptus (an aromatic, plant-derived natural mosquito repellent) and picaridin (odorless) provide excellent, though shorter protection than DEET. Learn more about the different types of mosquitoes by visiting the interactive Mosquito Safari Website . Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent. His column appears weekly.