Insects and Animals

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

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 person who decided to make tent caterpillar wine. Please do not read...

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Carpenter Bees

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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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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Deer Control – Using a Scarecrow Device

From a local rose grower. “We have a large lot (1 1/2 acres, more than 200 roses). We have seen as many as nine deer at one time in our pasture, fairly close to the garden, in late afternoon. “Last...

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Mosquito – Ultrasonic Repellers

taken from HortIdeas High-Frequency Mosquito “Repellers” Found Ineffective This isn’t the first time we’ve reported on scientific trials of electronic devices claimed by their distributors to repel mosquitoes due to high-frequency sounds, and we suppose it won’t be the last...

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Dogs – Landscaping for

If you have a dog or dogs, you know the damage they can do to a landscape. Whether digging under shrubs or pounding out a dirty path by the fence, dogs are quick to make their mark. My colleague Sheldon...

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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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Deer and Rabbit Control – Using Plantskydd

“I heard you mention the product Plantskydd repellant on your Saturday broadcast a week or two ago. Here is a rosarian’s experience: “In a short phrase, IT SEEMS TO WORK! “I ordered mine on line at www.highcountrygardens.com . I purchased...

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Deer – Control

In another article, I listed plants that are least appetizing to deer and suggested that they make good choices when living in deer country. There were dozens of plants on the list but not enough to satisfy most homeowners. I...

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