Insects and Animals

Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast....

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Yellowjackets – Trapping With Bowl, Bait and Oil

I’ve described on radio how to make a monitoring trap for yellowjackets using meat bait and some cooking oil. Here’s how it works: Get a cereal bowl, a piece of sandwich meat and some vegetable oil. Roll the meat into...

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Zucchini Circles – Solved

When I was asked what could cause spiraling grooves of damage to a zucchini squash, I was initially perplexed. Nothing I know of would make that sort of damage. It was posted on Name That Plant and it received several...

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Verbena – Slug Damage

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it! Diana W. asked me “Have you ever had a blooming verbena plant on which all the flowers disappear overnight?” “Sure.” I acknowledged. I’d noticed my new red...

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Hamster Raising

I can’t remember ever getting a question about hamster raising for profit….but if you get one, you can refer to this USDA brochure from...

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR PESTS

“To every thing, there is a season” goes the Bible verse. Looking out my back door, I can see that the height of the fall pest season has arrived. Yellow jackets cluster around my hummingbird feeder, violets lie thick in...

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EVICTING ATTIC VISITORS

The old-time farmers who sat on the rickety straw-bottomed chairs in front of Paul Lamb’s General Store called it “gu-ann-er”. They discussed proper application rates, compared prices and bragged on how this remarkable substance could produce sweet corn, turnip greens...

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RAPID REPRODUCTION AIDS PESTS

Most pests are simple to kill. Mosquito siphoning your corpuscles? A quick slap dispatches it. Whiteflies on your tomato plant? Kill a dozen just by clapping your hands. Japanese beetles munching on your crapemyrtles? A quick spray sends hundreds to...

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DROUGHT A MIXED BLESSING

OK – admit it. You have not seen nearly as many mosquitoes this summer as you did last year. Those bloodsucking creatures must have ample water in which to multiply. With the drought in full swing, the only water in...

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Squirrel – Dumb Things They Chew On

I am no longer surprised at what squirrels find to chew on. From licking mortar to gnawing on a deck to eating a gas can, squirrels seem to find lots of thingd delicious. Why? My guess is stupidity in some...

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Hummingbirds – Plants For Attracting

Few creatures in the landscape are as exciting as a hummingbird. The mysterious hum, the darting back and forth, the tiny size all make the bird a thrill to watch. If you want more hummingbirds in your landscape, plant some...

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Head Lice – Control

Thank goodness my son is older than pre-school/elementary school age, when the most dreaded phone call was “Mr. Reeves, your son has head lice.” A neighbor recently went through the anguish of such a call. I thought I’d collect links...

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Squirrels – How Do They Get in Attic?

A neighbor recently reported that he could hear squirrels in his attic. The noises were most pronounced at dusk and at dawn, so I know they were gray squirrels, not flying squirrels (which make noise in the middle of the...

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Knock Out Rose – Decline

Knock Out rose has become a ubiquitous part of urban landscapes in the last decade.  It blooms reliably and is resistant to black spot leaf disease. Usually it is trouble free. However, I have noticed several instances where the rose...

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Kudzu Bugs Bothering You?

Those folks living near kudzu patches have known about the kudzu bug since 2009. This olive green/brown insect is about the size of a ladybug and imparts a distinct smell to the area where they congregate. It is well known...

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Squirrel-proof Birdfeeders

Squirrels are the bane of bird feeders. I went though a half-dozen plastic and wooden feeders before I bought an Eliminator from Wild Birds Unlimited. It has a weighted, adjustable perch which allows lightweight birds to feed but slams a...

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Snails – In the Classroom

When I worked for the UGA Extension folks several years ago, I was a member of the National Science Teachers Association. In an article, they suggested that kids could learn a lot by keeping large snails in the classroom. We...

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Crayfish – In the Classroom

When I worked for the UGA Extension folks several years ago, I was a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Their magazine, Science and Children, contained many good ideas for teaching science to my 4-H Club members. I saved...

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