Insects and Animals

Hornet – Control

It is startling to pass by a shrub or small tree in the yard and suddenly notice a gray, football-shaped hornet nest hanging down. Hornets have received such bad press in cartoons and folklore that you might instinctively cover your...

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Unseen Biting Bugs

When you have an itch, you scratch it…and you look for a likely cause. Perhaps it’s poison ivy, maybe it’s an ant bite or maybe it’s one of those unexplainable “it just itches” kind of things. On the other hand,...

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Lawn Insects – Soap Flush

Lawn insects can be hard to find, especially when young. One way to detect them is to use a soap flush. Mix 4 tablespoons of dish detergent in a 2 gallon bucket. Pour the mixture over a six square foot...

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Yellow Jacket – Control With Glass Bowl

Yellow jackets can be a real pest in late summer and fall. They swarm out of the nest at the slightest provocation, looking to punish whomever disturbed them. Want to know what works to kill a nest? We do too!...

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Screech Owl Box

Owls are excellent predators in a small landscape. They capture voles, mice and small snakes. It’s easy to build a box for a screech owl family. Make it 8″ by 10″ by 15″ tall with a 3″ hole. Hang 15...

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Whitefly

Whenever we have a cold winter gardeners wishfully hope that the cold will diminish the insects they’ll face the next year. While severe cold, below 0 degrees F., might affect overwintering insects, most Georgia winters have no impact on them....

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Butterfly Puddle – Building

Butterflies love the nectar from flowering plants but they also need minerals and salts for their diet. One of the easiest way to give them what they need is to build a butterfly puddle. Purchase a shallow plastic or clay...

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Moth Control – Cedar Closets

At public gatherings on the first cool nights of winter, the scent of mothballs from stored winter clothing can be suffocating. Woolen clothing is readily consumed by the larvae of clothes moths and it has somehow become common practice to...

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Christmas Tree Insects

You get the Christmas tree home, take it inside, string the decorations….and suddenly discover critters among the needles and on the floor. This article by entomologist Jim Howell tell you what to look out for: Watch Out for Buggy...

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Wildlife – Attracting with Fruit Trees

Rick Hindman recently sent me an e-mail requesting information on attracting wildlife. It gave me a great opportunity to brush up on the food needs of wild animals. In Rick’s words, “I live in Carroll county, and I want to...

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Wildlife – Attracting with Good Habitat

Last week I listed food plants that attract wildlife to a landscape. Persimmon, apple, plum and blueberry plants were high on my roster but I also described oak, dogwood, serviceberry, beautyberry, cherry laurel, red buckeye, mulberry and honey locust. I...

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Pollinators – Housing For

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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Deer Repellent – One Gardener’s Experiences

Deer can cause a LOT of damage to a landscape in winter. With their normal green food gone, your shrubbery and pansies look pretty inviting to deer….even when it is close to the house. I have no magic bullet repellent...

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Cicada Killer Wasp – Identification

The cicada killer wasp  is about 1 1/2 inches long and has yellow markings on its body. The sound as it flies is deeper than most insects; some say it’s a B-52 bomber-type sound. The wasp digs burrows in the...

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Tent Caterpillar – Control

Even at the posted speed limit along I-285 and Memorial Drive, the webs are obvious to the eye. Tent caterpillars in the wild black cherry trees along the interstate have begun building their homes in the limbs. Like most caterpillars,...

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Tent Caterpillar Wine

The image above is not a tent caterpillar (see image below) but if you have tent caterpillars in your cherry trees, the tents and crawly worms are enough for some folks. Taking the “yuck factor” even further, though, is the...

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Carpenter Bees – General Info

Carpenter bees are frequently seen throughout Georgia in spring and early summer. They resemble bumble bees and can damage wood around homes. Adult carpenter bees are inch-long, black insects with yellowish hairs mostly on the thorax. Their backsides are shiny...

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Millipede – Control

Spring rains often bring creatures which are not seen at other times of the year. The millipede is one of those cyclical pests. Here is a typical question: Q: Last spring We had hundreds of millipedes scurrying through our house...

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