Insects and Animals

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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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast....

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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

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Squirrel Damage to Tomato

Q: Do you know what would cause this damage to tomato plants? A: It could be either a squirrel or a chipmunk. In my experience, squirrel damage is usually higher on the plant than chipmunk damage. The chipmunks usually chew...

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Squirrel Damage to Pepper Plant

Q: I planted peppers six weeks ago. One morning they were completely gone! So I planted a couple more plants two weeks ago and this time we put chicken wire around them. This morning this is all that is left!...

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Rat Hole Near Bird Feeder

Q: This hole appeared under the edge of my screened porch. There was a VERY large amount of dirt displaced from the dig. Any thoughts as to what it might be and how to deal with it? If it is...

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How To Get Rid Of Millipedes?

Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of millipedes? A: The first step is to change the environment in which they thrive. Try to eliminate the moist areas where their eggs overwinter to reduce their initial...

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Can I Kill Grubs To Make Moles Leave?

Q: Does it make any sense to control grubs with insecticide in an effort to make moles leave my lawn?  A: In a word: no. Killing grubs only makes moles search more frantically for other things to eat, such as...

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Does Georgia Have The Emerald Ash Borer? 

Q: Does Georgia have the emerald ash borer? A: Yes, we do. This destructive insect has only been found in 26 of our 159 counties but it has the capability to kill every ash tree in the state. Georgia does...

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