Insects and Animals

Coneflower rosette mite identification

Q: Why are there not any petals on my coneflowers? The plant right next to it is beautiful, full of cones with petals. A: You have coneflower rosette mite. Here are the typical symptoms: > cone has tufts, flower petals,...

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White Fuzzy Stuff On My Houseplants

Q: What could be the cottony white fuzzy stuff on my houseplant stems? How do I get rid of it?  A: It’s very likely your plants are infested with mealy bugs. They are kin to scale insects and both suck...

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Scale insect control on Meyer lemon

Q: My Meyer lemon tree just contracted these yucky little bugs. I did not have them last year. I scraped them all off by hand. What are they and how do ensure they don’t return? A: They are scale insects....

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Aphid control on plumeria

Q: What kind of infestation do I have on my plumeria? I have sprayed it twice with a product containing sulfur & pyrethrins. The little tan insects are smaller than any aphid I’ve ever seen. A: The tan things are...

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Cherry tree heavily infested with scale insects

Q: What’s going on with my young weeping cherry tree. Planted this past spring, it did pretty well, but seemed to drop leaves early. If I rub the white off, I get a bright yellow mustard-colored stain. It’s sticky, but...

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Do I Need To Treat Soil For Termites

Q: I had two dogwoods killed by termites. Do I need to treat the soil before planting new trees?  A: Termites don’t eat the living part of the tree, they can only digest the parts that are already dead. So...

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Sorghum Covered With Insects

Q: My friend has sorghum sprouting near her bird feeder. I noticed the seedhead was absolutely covered with a wide variety of insects, from different looking wasps and ants to other flying creatures.  A: Sorghum (milo) in bird seed comes...

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Get Rid Of Lubber Grasshoppers

Q: How do I rid my porch and my yard of these ugly lubber grasshoppers? They eat my tomato vines and crawl everywhere!  A: You need a time machine! The big yellow/orange/black adult lubber grasshoppers are not very susceptible to...

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Hibiscus Shrubs: Black Leaves, Buds, And White Insects

Q: My hibiscus shrubs bloom from mid-summer thru fall. The buds and leaves have all turned black and they have white insects all over them.  A: Hibiscus whitefly is a common pest of outdoor hibiscus plants. The small white flies...

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Yellow Jackets In My Maple Tree

Q: Yellowjackets are coming out from a hole underneath a young maple in my front yard. How do I get rid of them without killing the tree?  A: All of the aerosol wasp and hornet sprays I’m familiar with have...

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Options to control scale on magnolia

Q: I noticed scale on the underside of my magnolia trees leaves. Is this something I can treat now or do I have to wait until the spring? A: The most advantageous time to treat for scale is in the...

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Birds – Attracting

To attract birds at any time of the year, select plants that provide nectar, fruits, berries or nuts. There are many trees and shrubs that offer fruit or berries long into fall and even through winter. The small apples of...

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Ladybug (lady beetle) pupae identified

Q: These bugs are on our maple tree. They look similar to a ladybug but want to know if these are friend or foe. A: These are actually ladybug (lady beetle) pupae. The ladybug lifecycle consists of four stages: egg,...

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Spider mites on marigold

Q: I have not seen this before. Is this from spiders? A: You have an enormous infestation of spider mites. The last several weeks of 2019 were perfect for spider mites: hot and dry. Here, their population exploded and the...

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Fly attacking tomato hornworm video

You might have seen pictures of the little white cocoons that result after a parasitic wasp attacks a tomato hornworm. But have you ever seen a large, hairy FLY attack a green, tomato eating monster? The fly is a tachinid...

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European Hornet in Home

Q: I have these insects at my home. I see individuals going behind my house’s fascia. Do I have a huge problem? A: You have European hornets. These large stinging insects typically build a nest in empty hidden spots, like...

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Elm Leaf Beetle Damage

Q: What could cause this much damage to my elm tree? This was my first year in my house in Winterville so I don’t have another summer to compare the infestation with, but it seemed extensive. A: University of Georgia...

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Bugs dying under lily leaves

Q: Why are all these mosquitoes dying under my lily leaves? t A: University of Georgia insect expert Dr. Nancy Hinkle says these are the shed skins (exuviae) of insects like midges, aphids, etc. When one of these insects molts...

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