Insects and Animals

Whitefly

Whenever we have a cold winter gardeners wishfully hope that the cold will diminish the insects they’ll face the next year. While severe cold, below 0 degrees F., might affect overwintering insects, most Georgia winters have no impact on them....

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Moth Control – Cedar Closets

At public gatherings on the first cool nights of winter, the scent of mothballs from stored winter clothing can be suffocating. Woolen clothing is readily consumed by the larvae of clothes moths and it has somehow become common practice to...

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Christmas Tree Insects

You get the Christmas tree home, take it inside, string the decorations….and suddenly discover critters among the needles and on the floor. This article by entomologist Jim Howell tell you what to look out for: Watch Out for Buggy...

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Butterfly Puddle – Building

Butterflies love the nectar from flowering plants but they also need minerals and salts for their diet. One of the easiest way to give them what they need is to build a butterfly puddle. Purchase a shallow plastic or clay...

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Wildlife – Attracting with Fruit Trees

Rick Hindman recently sent me an e-mail requesting information on attracting wildlife. It gave me a great opportunity to brush up on the food needs of wild animals. In Rick’s words, “I live in Carroll county, and I want to...

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Pollinators – Plants for

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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Pollinators – Housing For

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 Repellent – One Gardener’s Experiences

Deer can cause a LOT of damage to a landscape in winter. With their normal green food gone, your shrubbery and pansies look pretty inviting to deer….even when it is close to the house. I have no magic bullet repellent...

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Cicada Killer Wasp

The cicada killer wasp  is about 1 1/2 inches long and has yellow markings on its body. The sound as it flies is deeper than most insects; some say it’s a B-52 bomber-type sound. The wasp digs burrows in the...

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Tent Caterpillar – Control

Even at the posted speed limit along I-285 and Memorial Drive, the webs are obvious to the eye. Tent caterpillars in the wild black cherry trees along the interstate have begun building their homes in the limbs. Like most caterpillars,...

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Tent Caterpillar Wine

The image above is not a tent caterpillar (see image below) but if you have tent caterpillars in your cherry trees, the tents and crawly worms are enough for some folks. Taking the “yuck factor” even further, though, is the...

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Carpenter Bees – General Info

Carpenter bees are frequently seen throughout Georgia in spring and early summer. They resemble bumble bees and can damage wood around homes. Adult carpenter bees are inch-long, black insects with yellowish hairs mostly on the thorax. Their backsides are shiny...

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Millipede – Control

Spring rains often bring creatures which are not seen at other times of the year. The millipede is one of those cyclical pests. Here is a typical question: Q: Last spring We had hundreds of millipedes scurrying through our house...

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Heron – Control

Every year, many pond keepers lose fish from their ponds following the visit of a heron. The occasional visit of these magnificent birds can create a great deal of interest, but unfortunately they are efficient predators and can decimate the...

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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

If you think fire ants and armadillos are terrible exotic, invasive pests, just wait until you have a houseplant infested with pink hibiscus mealybug (PHMB). The damage this insect does to plants makes them look like weed killer was sprayed...

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How to Handle Dead Birds

With all of the news about Bird Flu and West Nile Virus, it’s easy to become concerned when you see a dead bird. Could it be infected or not? How should it be disposed of safely? Should it be reported?...

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Southern Pine Beetle – Links

Following are Internet links to information about the Southern pine beetle: Walter’s thoughts about Southern pine beetle Homeowner Q&A about Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Southern Pine Beetle Internet site UGA southern pine beetle brochure Southern pine beetle in Florida Homeowner...

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Homeowner Q&A about Pine Beetles

The following was written by Terry Price, Georgia Forestry Commission. How do I know if my trees are currently infested with bark beetles? Trees that still harbor beetles will be characterized by green to yellow needles, tight fitting bark (hard...

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