Insects and Animals

No Acorns On My Oak Tree This Year

Q: Last year I had a bumper crop of acorns on my oak trees. This year I haven’t seen a single one. Was there a crop failure? My squirrels would like to know. A: That’s funny…I got a different question...

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Chipmunks Chewed Through Drip Irrigation System

Q: Chipmunks have chewed their way through my drip irrigation system. Is there anything that can be done?  A: This is a common problem. In my case, chipmunks or squirrels have three times chewed through a plastic water supply line...

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What Can I Put Down Under A Backyard Tree Where My Dog Runs?

Q: What can I put down under a backyard tree where my dog runs. It’s a mud pit now.  A: It’s terribly hard to get plants to grow in shade when they are under constant assault by a dog running...

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What To Do With Ant Mounds?

Q: I have two bare spots in my bermuda lawn where ant mounds have disappeared and a third hill that’s still active. What do I do with the hills?  A: Dilute a liquid lawn insecticide according to label directions and...

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What Caused My Pine Tree To Die?

Q: We had a large pine tree cut down because of pine beetles. The tree died in only two weeks. The trunk had lots of holes with sap dripping out on the lower part of the trunk and narrow trails...

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Bees resting on sedum flower

Q: Bees seem to be drunk and asleep when viewed on flowers. Can insecticides cause this?  A: More than likely, the bees are sleeping! Bees of all kinds are well-known to rest on flowers, particularly near dusk or when it’s...

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Something Is Digging Up My Zoysia Sod

Q: We have a fenced back yard and have never had any problems with critters. This year we put down zoysia sod and something is digging it up.  A: I’d lay my money on raccoons. They have dexterous paws that...

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How To Deal With My Extreme Squirrel Problem

Q: To deal with an extreme squirrel problem I added some chili powder and cooking oil to sunflower seed. Now only cardinals visit my feeder. Could it be too hot?  A: I think the change in bird feeder visitors is...

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How Do I Clean Up Caterpillar Poop?

Q: I have been told that the little black balls on my deck are caterpillar poop from the trees above. Do I need to use a mask and rubber gloves and bleach to clean up or will hosing them down...

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What Could Cause Pellets Of Black Stuff To Fall From My Trees?

Q: What could cause pellets of black stuff to fall from my trees?  A: Undoubtedly caterpillars feeding high in the tree. Early fall is when their leaf consumption goes into high gear and their fecal pellets become noticeable. Even so,...

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Would A Bee Suit Protect Me From Yellowjacket Stingers?

Q: Do you know the stinger length of a yellowjacket compared to a honey bee? Would a bee suit protect me?  A: UGA honeybee expert Keith Delaplane says the average yellowjacket is much smaller than a honeybee worker. That means...

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Corn Popped Up Under Bird Feeder – Can I Eat The Corn?

Q: I have several small corn plants that have popped up under a bird feeder. Will this produce corn that I can eat?  A: All seeds used in bird food (millet, wheat, corn, sunflower, peanut, etc.) are delectable to birds,...

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Thoughts On A Mosquito Control Service

Q: Several of my neighbors use a mosquito control service during the summer months. What are your thoughts on this control measure and the effects on nature as a whole.  A: This is tough for me to answer because every...

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Do Pine Trees Attract Beetles?

Q: We recently had lightning strike a tree in our backyard. We had the tree chipped and used the chips for mulch. Six weeks later, we noticed two pines nearby oozing rosin from the bottom ten feet of the trunks....

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Pentas – Caterpillar Damage

Q: This thing destroyed a pot of pentas. Do you recognize this unneighborly guy? A: It’s the caterpillar of a tersa sphinx moth. The moth itself is relatively large. When it flies, the wings don’t flutter like most moths, they...

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Fringe Tree – Lacebug Damage

Q: What has attacked my fringe tree? I am hoping you can help me decipher the problem. A: The damage along the midvein indicates some sort of piercing/sucking insect. I think your tree is hosting a hungry population of fringe...

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Canna – Holes in Leaves

Q: Any idea what could be eating these? Only one caterpillar was found on one leaf. A: I think the culprit is the larger canna leaf roller. Its adult form is a small skipper moth, which lays eggs on the...

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Armadillo Damage to Lawn

Q: Something damaged my mother’s lawn in Roswell. My tentative assessment is armadillo, as I reside in north Florida and the pits are similar. A: I think you are exactly right. Armadillos are present in your Mom’s area and the...

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