Insects and Animals

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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Squirrel Problem

Q: I have a problem with squirrels digging in my pots. I can’t keep anything growing in them since they dig up everything.  A: One of my gardening friends collects sweetgum balls and uses them to mulch around summer annuals...

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Eliminating Slug Larvae

Q: Is there some way to eliminate slug larvae in the ground before they start destroying my plants? I use beer to kill the adult ones, but it gets quite expensive.  A: Slugs typically overwinter as adults, although there may...

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Is Deer Repellent Good For Rabbits Too?

Q: I have Carolina jasmine and boxwood planted around my mailbox. The rabbits are destroying them. Is a deer repellent good for rabbits too? A: I don’t have a good answer for deterring rabbits. No repellent is 100% effective, but...

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Developing A Program To Cultivate Bee Forage

Q: I will be leasing two acres of land beneath some power lines. I want to develop a program that would cultivate bee forage, part of our effort to make Dunwoody a Bee City. I have support from local nature...

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Any Good News On The Bug Front After The Cold Last Week?

Q: Any good news on the bug front after the cold last week?  A: I wish the cold weather would have an effect on insects like fire ants, ambrosia beetles, stinkbugs, etc. but it does not diminish their summertime numbers....

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How To Keep Possums Out Of A Horse Barn And Pasture

Q: Is there any way to keep possums out of a horse barn and pasture? Their feces can carry a serious horse disease.  A: I had never heard of this possum problem! I am not a veterinarian but in my...

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Aphids on chives

Q: I have black aphids on my garlic chives. They can be washed off but come right back. How do I get rid of them? A: I guess you could use store-bought insecticidal soap on them, but spraying with a...

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Katydid nymph identification

Q: Can you identify this insect which I have been finding on my roses? It has two tiny tubes or pinchers where it’s mouth is. Is it a friend or foe? A: It’s a katydid nymph. Although they do chew...

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Ground Bees – Controlling

Q: My neighbor’s yard is covered in digger bee mounds. They are now spreading to my yard. I have at least over a hundred in just a few days. Do you have any suggestions to keep them away? A: I...

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Deer Damage to Leyland Cypress

Q: I have 3 Leyland cypress that the deer have chewed. They are continuing to grow tall but after a couple of years they still don’t seem to be filling in on the bottom. The guy who planted them said...

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Sunflower Hulls Disappear Under Bird Feeder

Q: For 15 years I fed sunflower seeds to the birds in my Lawrenceville home and continually had to clean up the hulls under the feeders. I recently retired and moved to a home in Midway, Ga. I’m still feeding...

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Rabbit Eating Hellebore (Lenten Rose)

Q: After ten years, some creature found our Lenten roses. Will they come back? Some have just stems left, some have leaves. A: The 45° angle of the stem cut makes me think the culprit has to be a rabbit....

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Praying Mantis Egg Mass on Apple Twig

Q: I found this on an apple branch in December. A friend says it might be an apple-eating Asian devil worm. Should I remove it? A: Lucky you! You have found a praying mantis egg mass. It poses no threat...

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Establishing a Bee Pasture

Q: I will be leasing two acres of land beneath some power lines. I want to develop a program that would cultivate bee forage, part of our effort to make Dunwoody a Bee City. I have support from local nature...

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Does Severe Cold Hurt Pest Insects?

Q: Any good news on the bug front after the severe cold last week? A: I wish the cold weather would have an effect on insects like fire ants, ambrosia beetles, stinkbugs, etc. but it does not diminish their summertime...

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Ants – Harmful to Tree?

Q: I have an Autumn Glory maple that we planted two years ago. I see ants on the trunk during the year. I have treated the ground with some ant killer but still I see these little holes that ants...

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Holes in Ground – Squirrels, Not Voles

Q: I have an evergreen clematis plant on a fence and saw three holes around the base. I think it is probably voles. What are your thoughts? A: I think these are more likely holes made by squirrels. Vole tunnels...

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