Insects and Animals

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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Bluebird – Placing Houses

The first scouts of our bluebird population arrive in early spring. If you have a wide expanse of grassy land, free of trees, near your home, early February is the time to set up bluebird boxes for the spring. Don’t...

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Mealybug – Control

Mealybugs can attack several kinds of houseplant. Mealybugs look like small white, cottony masses usually at the joint between a leaf and a stem. The insects suck plant sap and excrete sticky honeydew, which covers nearby leaves. Jade plant, coleus,...

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Snake – Control

Almost all of us have seen a snake in the out of doors. Most people have an immediate urge to kill the snake without determining if it is harmful or not. In fact, there are 50 kinds of snakes in...

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Snake – Trapping

Rarely, snakes are seen inside a basement or garage or laundry room. How can they be trapped? The best way is to employ the large “glue boards” used to catch rats. Place them close to and at right angles to...

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Fall Webworm

The large webs of the fall webworm begin to appear in July – August on pecan, oak and other landscape trees. This caterpillar is a native of North America and Mexico. Many pests in our landscape were accidentally introduced here...

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Ultrasonic – Pest Repelling Devices

It seems ingrained in the genes of mankind to invent ways accomplish a useful task while expending very little physical effort. The TV remote control is the epitome of this enterprise in my home but microwave ovens, automatic ice makers...

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UGA Wildlife Publications

These publications are available from The University of Georgia. Attracting Doves Attracting Ducks Chipmunk Control Copperhead Snakes Baits for Trapping Armadillos Mole Control Planting for Wildlife Snake Control Using Milorganite to Repel Deer from Ornamental Plantings Using Milorganite to Repel...

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Wildlife – Attracting

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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Bat – Control

The old-time farmers who sat on the rickety straw-bottomed chairs in front of Paul Lamb’s General Store called it “gu-ann-er”. Bill McLucas, Donald Harp and Jim Minter discussed proper application rates, compared prices and bragged on how this remarkable substance...

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Birds – Attracting

To attract birds at any time of the year, select plants that provide nectar, fruits, berries or nuts. There are many trees and shrubs that offer fruit or berries long into fall and even through winter. The small apples of...

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Ant – Indoor Control

My friends Lisa and Laura are gourmet cooks. Their kitchens always contain the beginnings of (or the remains of) a feast for their families. No one who walks through ever lacks for a snack. It’s no wonder then that both...

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Fire Ant Control – Comparison of Cost and Effectiveness

If your math skills are as rusty as mine, this link from Auburn compares the cost of fire ant control products for homeowners. I’ll let you discover which product costs $202 per acre and takes 3 – 4 weeks to...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Control

There is no more accurate description of Asian Ambrosia Beetle damage than “Toothpicks coming out of the trunk of my tree!” This boring pest came to my attention in 2001 when a big flowering cherry tree in my back yard...

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Deer Control – Resistant Plants

Judging from the messages I’ve received from gardeners in Big Canoe, Lake Oconee, Eagles Landing and other naturalistic residential settings, one wild creature deserves the anima non grata landscape sign: whitetail deer. When they can’t find food in the woods,...

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Aphids – Control

If you want to become an aphid expert, early summer is the best time to easily find them in your landscape. The tips of rose and crapemyrtle branches usually have dozens or hundreds of these sap-sucking insects. Many plants can...

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Argiope – Spider ID

Remarkably large garden spiders are often seen in fall. They are black with yellow markings on their underside and their webs stretch across garden paths and between flowers. A distinctive zig-zag pattern in the middle of the web identifies this...

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Cicada

When a new baby was introduced into my rural Georgia community, my mother would be one of the first visitors. “That’s such a beautiful child!” she’d coo. “It would be a shame if they didn’t have an encyclopedia for their...

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