Insects and Animals

Emerald Ash Borer in Georgia

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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Japanese Maple – Squirrel Damage

Q: I planted a Japanese maple in late winter. It was doing great until recently when two squirrels wreaked havoc. My husband witnessed the hooligans and ran out to shoo them away, but this is what was left . A:...

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European Hornet – In House Wall

Q: I have these insects at my home. I see individuals going behind my house’s fascia. Do I have a huge problem? A: It’s a European hornet, Vespa crabro. Unlike the bald-faced hornets that make gray, football-shaped nests in trees...

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Lady Beetle (Lady Bug) – Identification with Pictures

It pays to know who is who in your garden. The squash beetle, which eats squash leaves, looks very much like a beneficial lady beetle. See below. Excellent guide to lady beetle identification...

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Mouthwash, Epsom Salts And Stale Beer – Mosquito Repellent?

Q: I have been told that a mixture of mouthwash, Epsom salts and stale beer can be sprayed around your landscape to keep mosquitoes away. What do you think?  A: I think this is an excellent recipe for hogwash. For...

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Are Kingsnake Eggs Protected By Law?

Q: I saw a kingsnake next to a big pile of wood chip mulch. If it is a female and has laid eggs in the pile, are the eggs are protected by law like the snake is?  A:Jason Clark at...

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Cicada killer holes

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Dragonfly emerging from nymphal shell

Q: Not sure what I am seeing in this photo I took in Blairsville GA on shore of Lake Nottely . I believe it is a dragonfly recently emerged from its larva stage. Am I correct? A: You are exactly...

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White sticky stuff on Japanese maple branches – Planthoppers

Q: I have attached a photo of a Japanese maple that we planted two months ago. It has developed a white sticky residue on some of the limbs and trunk. We can see a little white moth looking bug. A:...

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Home-made Mosquito Repellents Do Not Work

Q: I have been told that a mixture of mouthwash, Epsom salts and stale beer can be sprayed around your landscape to keep mosquitoes away. What do you think? A: I think this is an excellent recipe for hogwash. For...

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Hornet nest found in attic

Q: I was changing a vent fan in a bathroom when I found this is the ceiling. Do you have any idea what type insect this is? A: Let’s use logic and the process of elimination: Only three insects build...

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Recommendations For A Bat House

Q: Can you recommend a good bat house? How best to install? Is it a good method of mosquito control?  A: From my observation, successful bat houses are a minimum of 24 inches high and wide. The best ones are...

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How Do Carpenter Bees Make Perfect Holes?

Q: How do carpenter bees make a perfect half-inch circlular hole without a compass, ruler or drill-bit? A: Carpenter bees are remarkable non-tool-using insects! They use their mandibles to grab and pull up small splinters, which are discarded behind them...

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Do Carpenter Bee Traps Work?

Q: Are carpenter bee traps worthwhile in capturing these insects?  A: From the reports I have gotten, results are not consistent, even using the same type trap. Some people catch a dozen bees, while others capture none. You are welcome...

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Armadillos In Georgia

Q: I was surprised to see an armadillo crossing the road in Tallulah Falls one morning at 5:45 a.m.!  A: Armadillos are everywhere in Georgia! I recently heard of one on Collier Rd. in Atlanta and another on North Druid...

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Rose Sawfly – Most Leaves Damaged and Brown

Q: Any idea what might be wrong with this rose bush? The leaves are very brown and look dead. A: You have rose sawfly damage. Your damage is pretty severe but I can’t think of anything else that would give...

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Pet Safe Weed Killers

Q: We need a pet safe weed killer that will control dandelions but leave our fescue and bermuda alone. What do you recommend?  A: Products that contain chelated iron, FeHEDTA (Natria Lawn Weed Control, Fiesta, etc. ), will give reasonable...

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Should I Kill Carpenter Bees?

Q: I believe carpenter bees are very important pollinators so I allow them in my yard. Even though they drill holes in wood I think it’s bad to kill them.  A: In my opinion, the reputation of carpenter bees as...

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