Insects and Animals

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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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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Rat and Mouse – In the House

“We keep a clean house! Why are these mice coming to visit US?!” Jeff Jackson, Extension Wildlife Specialist, says this question is common each autumn. People who have never seen a mouse in their house suddenly find gnawed cereal boxes...

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Bagworm – Identification and Control

My colleague Newton Hogg used to say “When I can see their damage at 50 miles per hour, I KNOW someone has a serious problem with bagworms.” I was driving down Roosevelt Highway in south Fulton county when I saw...

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Orange-striped Oak Worm

“Here today – gone tomorrow” is an apt description of oak tree branches having a population of orange-striped oak worms, Anisota sanatoria or Anisota peigleri. These caterpillars are basically a “stomach with legs”, so leaves disappear rapidly during the weeks...

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Mosquito Traps – Comments

When I asked subscribers to my “Georgia Gardener” e-mail newsletter for their experiences with propane-powered mosquito I expected a wide range of comments. I received many responses. Oddly enough, while one person might say their experience with a particular brand...

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Slug and Snail – Control

I found #133 under the clothes dryer recently. Unfortunately, I didn’t find #133 alive. Only his previous home was back there, covered in lint, when I moved the dryer. #133 was one of three hundred large snails I raised in...

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