Insects and Animals

Ant Bait – Make Your Own

Q: You mentioned on radio an ant bait using jelly, peanut butter, and boric acid. I would like to try it. A: You can make your own ant bait by mixing four tablespoons of peanut butter, six tablespoons of jelly...

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Bees – Harldy Moving

Q: In late September I noticed there were lots of large black bees hanging on my lantana. I thought they were dead. Nope! They are alive, but when I nudge them they barely move. A: They’re sleeping! Bees of all...

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Butterflys – Plants and Identification

Q: I’ve already seen my first butterfly. How can I identify it? A: Butterflies are exciting to see in a garden. They help pollinate plants but they are beautiful in their own right. I have a list of butterfly plants...

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Ambrosia Beetle – Spraying Your Crapemyrtle

Q: What is the best systemic insecticide for ambrosia beetle control on crepe myrtles? I was using Isotox but my bottle is all gone. A: Systemic insecticide will not kill ambrosia beetles. The female beetle bores through the bark and...

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Roach Control – Laying Mulch

Q: I was curious what mulch you recommend when it comes to roach control? A: Most homes have mulch near the foundation. Your best bet for immediate short term control is to sprinkle outdoor insecticide granules onto any mulched areas...

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Bee Trap – No Bait Required

Q: I checked out the carpenter bee trap on your website. Should you put some bait in the bottle? What makes the bees go down the hole? A: No bait is needed. Once bees enter the drilled holes in the...

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Beehives – Bee Friendly Plants

Q: I have nine bee hives and am a member of a local beekeepers club. We need to know what bee-friendly plants are blooming when. A: I well remember my beekeeper father moving his hives from place to place to...

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Rats – Side Affects of Poison Use

Q: I heard that birds which eat poisoned rats could be killed by the toxin. Is this true? A: Like a lot of situations, it depends on the chemical the rat consumed. Many poisons, but not all, are anti-coagulants. Some...

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Boxelder Bugs – Prevention

Q: Every year I have an invasion of boxelder bugs from the boxelder maples on the other side of my fence. Is there anything I can do to prevent them? A: Like kudzu bugs and Asian ladybeetles, boxelder bugs instinctively...

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Pansies – Not Deer Resistant

Q: Are pansies deer resistant? A: They are not. Numerous homeowners have described to me deer that walk along a bed and pull the plants out of the soil with their teeth. You can try using one of the sprayable,...

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Kudzu Bugs – Treat Outdoors

Q: You answered a Q&A last week about brown marmorated stink bugs on a house. I haven’t seen any of those, but I have seen many kudzu bugs over the past three years. A: Yes, there are LOTS of kudzu...

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Bulbs – Protection From Rodents

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent the chipmunks and squirrels from destroying my tulip and daffodil bulbs? A: The easiest thing to do is to spread chicken wire over the spot and cover with mulch. Make “hairpins”...

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Stinkbug – Gathering on House

Q: Can you talk about stinkbugs? They seem to have a hankerin’ for the south side of our house. A: The brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB) has been busily invading Georgia for the last few years, feasting on peaches, plums and...

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Fire Ants – Doing Damage

Q: Whenever I pass a fire ant mound, I take a moment to scrape my foot through and scatter it, sending the little critters hurrying about to make repairs. Am I having any impact at all on them? A: UGA...

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Rat Snake – Found Skin

Q: I was unpacking a box that was on the top shelf in my garage and found on the tape a snakeskin. I am so scared that it may still be there. A: It looks like the shed skin of...

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Flat Headed Borer – Identification

Q:This critter was on the ground after I split a hickory log. Do you know what it is? A: It’s a flat headed borer, the larva of a jewel beetle, in the insect family Buprestidae, also known as metallic wood...

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Bluebird House – Protection from Snakes

Q: We have several bird houses located on 4″ x 4″ posts in our yard. Unfortunately a snake was able to climb to one house and ate the baby bluebirds. Do you have any prevention suggestions? A: A slick metal...

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Criminal Critters in My Back Yard!

You might have heard me recently ranting on radio about the situation in my back yard. Some creature turned over my birdseed storage can, not once but twice, and dragged it 20 feet back into the bushes! Who/what did it???...

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