Insects and Animals

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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Whale – Not Good to Eat

I build my reputation on research-based advice received from recognized experts. Sometimes, though, those experts are moved to comment on matters that don’t quite fit into anyone’s purview. Dr. Paul Guillebeau edits and distributes a monthly pesticide newsletter. It is...

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Mosquito Control – Walter’s Thoughts

Summer rains can cause a population explosion of mosquitoes! Two kinds of mosquitoes are commonly seen (and felt!): the “swamp” or “Egyptian” mosquito, which feeds at dusk and the Asian tiger mosquito, which feeds during the day. The tiger mosquito...

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Mosquito Control – Advice from the Experts

When it comes to mosquito control, over-the-fence advice is not good enough. Even though Uncle Mardy chewed garlic every day and never was bitten by mosquitoes, that doesn’t mean YOU would have the same results. (And don’t forget, Uncle Mardy...

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Crayfish (Crawfish) – Control

There are about 100 species of crayfish in North America. Most are strictly aquatic but a few live in non-permanent water or semi-aquatic situations. They burrow into the soil to get to water when free water is not available on...

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Deer Control – Electric Fence

Q: Last week you mentioned that your cousin is using an electric fence to control deer. We live out in the country and the deer eat our hydrangeas, roses and althea like they are candy. No repellents seem to work....

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Spittlebug – Identification

Q: I have noticed white, frothy, wet masses around the stems of my penstemon plants. What causes this? A: You have spittlebugs on your plants. The young spittlebugs attach themselves in a joint between leaf and stem and suck out...

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