Insects and Animals

Kudzu Bug – On Wisteria

The kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, has quickly become a nuisance in Georgia. While it seems to lightly damage kudzu, the creatures wander into homes by the dozens (if not hundreds) in fall and spring. Now they have been caught damaging...

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Africanized Honeybees Now in Georgia – What to Do

The Georgia Department of Agriculture announced in Oct, 2010 that Africanized honeybees had definitely been identified in Georgia (near Albany, in Dougherty County). This means that it is even more important to support local beekeepers. Basically, the more European (domesticated...

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Bedbugs – Control

On a recent trip to New York, we were very aware of the possibility of bedbugs being present in our hotel room. Our luggage went into the bathroom as soon as we entered. We thoroughly inspected the mattresses, box springs...

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The Bugs Above Us

When I see a bee or beetle in my garden, I rarely think deeply about how they got there. They just flew in from my neighbor’s garden or from another spot in my yard, right? They never got higher than...

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Poison Caterpillars – Identification

Yowsa! Fall is stinging caterpillar season…watch where you put your fingers as you work in the garden. Although the welt is painful, few are dangerous unless you are especially sensitive. Keep an eye out for these critters on the leaves...

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Armyworms – Control

“An army travels by its stomach” according to military lore. When a homeowner discovers an army of caterpillars marching across his lawn, devouring the bermuda grass, this aphorism is proved true for the insect world as well! Armyworm caterpillars are...

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Animals – Identifying from Droppings

Many is the time I’ve seen animal droppings and wondered about their source. Was it a raccoon, possum or dog that wandered through my yard last night? This article contains drawings and explanations of how to identify animals by what...

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Yellowstriped Armyworm – Identification

Q: I’ve had great success with my tomatoes this year.  Lately we’ve had tomatoes with holes in them and one that I cut open had a green worm on the inside! I believe it to be an Army Worm. Is...

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Agapanthus – Blister Beetle

Q: I live in Levy County, Florida, near Gainesville. We have agapanthus under live oak trees and in beds with hydrangeas and azaleas mulched with pine straw and nightly irrigation, as we have high, dry sandy soil. Yesterday the agapanthus...

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Identifying Insects, Plants and Animals

My neighbor Chrissy has taught me more about the insects that live in my neighborhood than any adult possibly could have. Every couple of days there comes a short “Ding Dong” of our doorbell, followed by a couple of firm...

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Beekeepers – Finding

There are many friendly beekeeping clubs scattered across Georgia. Most sponsor regular meetings and classes for beginners. Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Tara Beekeepers Association Cherokee Beekeepers Club Georgia Beekeepers Association Henry County Beekeepers Gwinnett Beekeepers...

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Hornworms – Determining Difference

Taken from Hornworms and “Hummingbird” Moths The tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, is usually much more common in vegetable gardens than the tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata, but both may be found together as they generally have similar habits. The tomato hornworm...

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Woodpecker – Control

V. C. called me in an agitated state. “A woodpecker is pecking holes in my kitchen window screen!”, she exclaimed. “What can I do to keep this bird from visiting me every morning?” This is the time of year when...

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Cat – Control

Cats digging in a flower bed can be a confounding problem. There are no repellents that are really effective. When I offered radio advice on the subject, a listener added these comments: “I was listening to your show Saturday morning,...

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Chameleon – Feeding

I had an interesting call this week – a fellow who raises chameleons needed to know how to culture fruit flies to feed to the reptiles. This is pretty far afield for the Extension Service – we can tell you...

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Moths – Control

Few things are more disappointing than donning an expensive wool sweater, only to find that moths have been snacking on the threads for weeks. Reweaving is costly and patching is almost impossible. “If only I had checked on my clothes...

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Mole Control – Castor Oil

Moles can be a real bother in a lawn. Many times the best control option is to mash down their tunnels with your shoe and forget about them. A commercial product which contains castor oil has appeared. Research results on...

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Termite Treatments – Comparing Costs

A RETREATMENT contract is the most frequently issued type of contract. It requires the pest control company to retreat any area where termites are found following the original treatment. It does NOT require any repairs to be performed if the...

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