Insects and Animals

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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Eliminating Snakes From Wooded Area

Q: How effective are mothballs and sulfur for keeping snakes from your property? A wooded area behind my home is in the process of being developed. How can I keep snakes from invading my area when construction starts? A: Jason...

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“How to Give a Possum a Pedicure” Song

I love possums!                 They were a regular part of life on our family chicken farm. We never ate them but we were happy to supply our neighbors with the ones we caught....

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Green Spotted Frog – Identification

Q: I was wondering if you might know what kind of frog this is. He’s very cute but shockingly bright. We live in Ringgold, in the woods. A: It’s a barking treefrog. see...

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Woodpecker – Damage to Dead Tree

Q: This is a small dead tree in our back yard. It looks like some kind of animal was trying to make shavings, shreds of tree lying at the base. Any ideas? I have lots of woodpeckers on my farm...

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Frozen Icicle on Tree Limb – Squirrel?

Q: Why is this branch dripping? It’s way up high on the ‘Squirrel Highway’ they use to go from tree to roof. A: My bet is a squirrel stopped for a snack and chewed on the tree limb, which caused...

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Copperhead Identification Test

I’m often called upon to determine whether a snake is venomous or not. Many times, the question is “Is this a copperhead?” To help you brush up on your herpetological skills, I thought this copperhead identification test might be interesting....

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Armadillo – Where Found in Georgia

When I received a photo of a newly planted bed of mondo grass that had been plowed up overnight, I immediately thought “armadillo!”. But the damage was done in Dunwoody…not a part of the state where folks have complained about...

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Red Insects – On Plants in Spring (wheel bug vs leaf-footed bug)

Each spring I get pictures of clusters of small insects on plants or surfaces near a garden. The two most likely suspects are wheel bug nymphs and leaf-footed bug nymphs. But wheel bugs are beneficial insects and leaf-footed bugs feed...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Monitored at Piedmont Park

Authored by: Chris Nelson Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Piedmont Park Conservancy P.O. Box 7795 Atlanta, GA 30357-0795 Arthur Morris Board Certified Master Arborist Bartlett Tree Experts 3524A Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084 Piedmont Park Piedmont Park was informally...

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Plants for Pollinators

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 Fly – Control

Few biting insects are as painful as deer flies. They are slow enough to swat in most cases but if you don’t notice when one lands, you’ll soon wish you had! Extension agent Greg Huber suggests you try the trolling...

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