Insects and Animals

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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Fire Ant Control – Even Faster!

You’ve heard about the Georgia Two-Step method of controlling fire ants. Now comes another couple of products that, in combination, give both quick control and season-long results. Indoxacarb (Spectracide Once and Done Fire Ant Bait) rapidly kills fire ants in...

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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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Fipronil – Effect on Native Ants

In solving garden problems, I am often reminded that applying pesticides can affect non-target creatures as well as the pest you’re trying to control. I was curious to know more about the effect of fipronil (Over ‘n’ Out) fire ant...

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Mosquito Traps – Univ. of Florida Report on CO2 type

UF/IFAS News Release May 19, 2005 Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Traps No Magic Bullet, Say University of Florida Experts By: Tom Nordlie VERO BEACH, Fla. — With spring rains promising a bumper crop of mosquitoes, some Floridians may consider buying expensive...

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Mole – Control

Moles live underground and seldom venture out of their burrows. They are most active in the early morning and late evening hours. The ridges of earth pushed up by burrowing plainly indicate their presence in a lawn. The number of...

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Fire Ants – Best Control in Fall

Want to put a hurtin’ on fire ants? Hit them hard in the fall! “Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size,” says Dr. Nancy Hinkle, a UGA Extension entomologist. “Attacking those colonies...

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Raising Chickens – Resources

I taught a class on chicken incubation several years ago. To prepare for it, I incubated and hatched several sets of chicks. In the process, I learned a lot about the hobby of raising backyard chickens. I am not a...

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Fire Ants – No Control With Club Soda

My friend Eddie Rhoades is a unique individual…and his brother Robert surely fell from the same tree. Robert once asked me if I thought club soda poured into a fire ant mound would kill them. I casually replied that it...

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Insects are Lovers Too

ROMANCE NOT JUST FOR HUMANSBy April Reese SorrowUniversity of Georgia Around Valentine’s Day people plan grand expressions of love for their sweethearts. Unlike humans, insects don’t have a day dedicated to love, but they do find time to romance in...

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Hummingbirds – Nectar Recipe

Few creatures are more fun to watch than hummingbirds at a feeder. Although their numbers may vary markedly throughout the year, local bird experts recommend keeping your feeder up even in winter. A red feeder plus a red ribbon fluttering...

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Whitefly – Trap

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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Squash Vine Borer

It’s not the “heartbreak of psoriasis” but it’s close…..the heartbreak of squash vine borers. You may have a huge zucchini or squash plant. Maybe in June you have already harvested a few crooknecks from the vine. All of a sudden...

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Lady Beetle (Ladybug) – Control

A visitor at the Southeastern Flower Show took me to task for being so casual about ladybug invasions. “You have no idea what it’s like to have thousands in your house!” she said. “I crunch them under my feet wherever...

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