Insects and Animals

Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

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Green Spotted Frog – Identification

Q: I was wondering if you might know what kind of frog this is. He’s very cute but shockingly bright. We live in Ringgold, in the woods. A: It’s a barking treefrog. see...

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Woodpecker – Damage to Dead Tree

Q: This is a small dead tree in our back yard. It looks like some kind of animal was trying to make shavings, shreds of tree lying at the base. Any ideas? I have lots of woodpeckers on my farm...

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Frozen Icicle on Tree Limb – Squirrel?

Q: Why is this branch dripping? It’s way up high on the ‘Squirrel Highway’ they use to go from tree to roof. A: My bet is a squirrel stopped for a snack and chewed on the tree limb, which caused...

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Copperhead Identification Test

I’m often called upon to determine whether a snake is venomous or not. Many times, the question is “Is this a copperhead?” To help you brush up on your herpetological skills, I thought this copperhead identification test might be interesting....

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Armadillo – Where Found in Georgia

When I received a photo of a newly planted bed of mondo grass that had been plowed up overnight, I immediately thought “armadillo!”. But the damage was done in Dunwoody…not a part of the state where folks have complained about...

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Red Insects – On Plants in Spring (wheel bug vs leaf-footed bug)

Each spring I get pictures of clusters of small insects on plants or surfaces near a garden. The two most likely suspects are wheel bug nymphs and leaf-footed bug nymphs. But wheel bugs are beneficial insects and leaf-footed bugs feed...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Monitored at Piedmont Park

Authored by: Chris Nelson Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Piedmont Park Conservancy P.O. Box 7795 Atlanta, GA 30357-0795 Arthur Morris Board Certified Master Arborist Bartlett Tree Experts 3524A Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084 Piedmont Park Piedmont Park was informally...

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Plants for Pollinators

Many landscape plants depend on bees and other insects to move pollen from flower to flower. The insects don’t realize they are pollinating the plants they visit – they’re just looking for nectar in the flowers. You can help the...

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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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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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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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