Insects and Animals

Deer Fly – Control

Few biting insects are as painful as deer flies. They are slow enough to swat in most cases but if you don’t notice when one lands, you’ll soon wish you had! Extension agent Greg Huber suggests you try the trolling...

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Mosquito – Effective Repellents

Mankind (and womankind and kidkind) has searched for an effective mosquito repellent since the beginning of time. Smearing mud on exposed skin is somewhat effective (and fun for the kids) but not very practical. Bear grease, used in the same...

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Bees Bite Mites!

My beekeeping father would be tickled to learn that there is a new technique to fight Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. You’ve heard that beekeepers are losing their colonies at unexpected rates. Some blame insecticides, some blame weather, but all agree...

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Kissing Bug – No Danger to Georgians

Kissing bug has been in the news recently but the insect poses no threat to infect Georgians with Chagas disease. Dr. Nancy Hinkle, UGA insect expert, says Georgia has had kissing bugs since before humans got here. Georgians have not...

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Criminal Critters in My Back Yard!

You might have heard me recently ranting on radio about the situation in my back yard. Some creature turned over my birdseed storage can, not once but twice, and dragged it 20 feet back into the bushes! Who/what did it???...

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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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