Insects and Animals

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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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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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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