Of the 1.3 million known species of insects that inhabit the earth, four of the most bothersome are local residents of northwest Arkansas; ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and bed bugs. Dr. Dayton Steelman, emeritus professor of Veterinary Entomology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, will present his fascinating four-part program entitled, “Insects that Suck” on Sunday June 30th at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center.
The basic biology of ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and bed bugs will be presented along with the disease causing pathogens and parasites that they transmit to domestic and wild animals as well as to humans. According to Steelman, “There will be updates on mosquitos and tick species now present in the Continental United States plus there are also new pathogens that cause disease in man and animals relative to the ‘invasion’ of large numbers of humans AND their belongings entering the United States. This will include Bed Bugs as they have become a Major problem in Urban as well as Rural areas of the country.”
Steelman’ s programs are a must to experience by anyone who has ever encountered any of these four blood-thirsty critters. The public is invited to enjoy one, two, or all four of these truly fascinating and informative programs.
When: Sunday June 30th
“Ticks” 1:00 p.m.
“Chiggers” + “Mosquitoes” 2:00 p.m.
“Bed bugs” 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12 War Eagle Road intersection
This presentation is a continuation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker’s Series. For more information on Hobbs State Park programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rentals: Call: 479-789-5000