Insects and Animals

Mosquito Control – Health Effects from City Foggers

Mosquitoes are more than a summer nuisance. They can spread serious disease to humans and animals. However, people are justifiably concerned when plans are announced to spray entire neighborhoods with insecticide. This article from CNN – Health posted April 4,...

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Japanese Beetles – Control Options

Most summers are favorable for Japanese beetles. The coppery-green beetles hatch in the lawn in June each year. Once they have emerged, the beetles head straight for their favorite plants nearby. The leaves of grapes, canna, loropetalum and flowering cherry look like...

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Mosquito – Control

Mosquitoes generate the most ire of any of the summer insects. We can tolerate insects that nibble leaves and disfigure fruit. But when the insect is dining on us, the atmosphere of tolerance quickly becomes strained. There are plenty of...

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Milorganite for Repelling Deer

Numerous are the products that claim to repel deer from your garden! While many of them may deter deer temporarily, few have been the subject of University studies. Anecdotal tales from gardeners convinced a couple of UGA researchers to try...

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Lady Beetles – Do They Bite?

I love a scientist who takes his work seriously. Recently, I wanted to know something seriously enough to offer my own hand to lady beetles to find definitively if they bite!! Much to my surprise, they do! Not only that,...

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Yellowjacket – Huge Nests

Giant yellowjacket nests??? Sounds like one of those horror movie scenarios doesn’t it? Nonetheless, folks in Alabama know to watch out after a mild winter.Super-sized yellowjacket nests Alabama Story Followup Alabama Story Followup #2 And folks in south Georgia better...

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Japanese Beetles – Employment for Son

Few things are more disheartening than finding three little Japanese beetle bottoms sticking merrily in the air as they munch the center of a perfect rose bloom. I have ’em and they are very well fed. Fortunately, I also have...

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Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – Donate

The State of Georgia desperately needs your help. As you have probably heard, the hemlock trees in North Georgia are now under attack by a tiny insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid. At present it is devastating hemlocks in Rabun...

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Tadpole Identification, Frog Calls

My Rockdale county Extension friend Jule-Lynn Macie says “In 19 years I’ve never been asked to identify a tadpole, but just in case – try this website: The Southeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative of the UnitedStates Geological Survey announces...

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Termites -Control, Contracts

Dr. Beverly Sparks, Extension Service entomologist, has compiled a list of the most frequently-asked questions about termite control. Here are her thoughts: Q: How soon after I discover termites should I have the infested structure treated? A: In most cases,...

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Insects – On Patio Plants

Porch and patio plants can carry aphids and spider mites when you bring them inside each fall. First, examine the underside of their leaves, looking for live insects, their cast off skins or their brown fecal drops. If you find...

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Lady Beetle (Ladybug) – Traps

One ladybug is a curiosity. Four ladybugs are beneficial insects. But hundreds of ladybugs are a downright nuisance! They march across the dining room table, they crawl up the living room drapes. They make a crackly mess when stepped on...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Scientific Research (easy to understand)

Scientific papers are usually mind-numbing. However, we have to know LOTS more about the Asian mbrosia beetle (AAB) before we can find an effective way to control it. These two Extension reports give a good overview. Mississippi Extension Fact SheetArkansas...

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Dog – Eats Cicada Skin

Here’s an odd note from a dedicated gardener and animal lover: “Not only are the discarded skins of cicadas a delight to birds, our female Jack Russell, Lollie, goes from pine tree to pine tree in search of them. “She...

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Yellowjacket – Summer Behavior

Yellowjackets are a common, yet misunderstood, insect of the South. Most folks only know about their attack behavior when a nest is disturbed. Wasp expert Dr. Bob Matthews sheds some light on their other behaviors: “Eastern yellowjackets,Vespula maculifrons may be...

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Carpenter Bee Control – Bert’s Method

Carpenter bees are a most annoying spring nuisance. They hover around decks and gutters and bore holes in exposed wood surfaces. My typical advice has been to swat them with a tennis racquet to lower their numbers. I didn’t care...

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Termites – Spread Through Louisiana Mulch

The panicky emails about the potential spread of Formosan termites have been making the rounds since Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Although the premise seems important, my conclusion is that this is not true. In the first place, “the state” is...

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Hummingbirds – Not Appearing

This August, 2009 article by naturalist Charles Seabrook in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes reasons hummingbirds don’t appear when we expect them.——————————————————————————————————————–Late summer is when hummingbird feeder traffic really picks up. Georgia’s native ruby-throated hummingbirds have finished raising their babies and...

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