Insects and Animals

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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Avoiding Stings

Dr. Paul Guillebeau is a writer, father and professional entomologist. Here are his thoughts on how to avoid stinging insects. “One of my most common calls during the late summer concerns stinging insects. The nest of most social wasps and...

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Insect Stings – Severity

Although a velvet ant sting can make you whoop and holler, it is actually less powerful than other common insects. A researcher in Florida has compared the toxicity of stinging insects. Surprisingly, the worst is a type of harvester ant....

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Why Do Men Have Nipples?

Great thinkers, from Aristotle to Darwin, have pondered this question. Susan McCarthy at Salon.com has answers: Why do men have nipples? To prove they’re mammals, obviously. The distinguishing features of mammals, from whales to mice, are two: having hair and...

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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

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Deer – Repel with Baby Formula

In a strange but promising study published last year in the journal HortScience, Bruce Kimball and others at the National Wildlife Research Center reported that white-tailed deer were consistently turned off by food sprayed with highly concentrated hydrolyzed casein (also...

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Hemlock Adelgid – Website

Note from entomologist Keith Douce: “This insect is indeed a major concern to anyone who has hemlocks. As far as I know, it has been found in only Rabun county in Georgia, but may be beyond that area. We have...

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Diagnosing Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

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Love Bugs

Who can forget traveling in south Georgia or Florida and finding the front of the car covered with mating “love bugs”? Adult love bugs neither sting nor bite but they hover above highways on their mating flight. They spatter on...

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To a Roach – A Poem

from NURSERY RHYMES FOR THE TENDER-HEARTED by Christopher Morley (1890-1957) (Dedicated to Don Marquis) SCUTTLE, scuttle, little roach— How you run when I approach: Up above the pantry shelf, Hastening to secrete yourself. Most adventurous of vermin, How I wish...

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Nuisance Animals – Controlling

Controlling nuisance animals can be a frustrating business. They often seem smarter than any educated human hopes to be – eluding traps, disregarding repellents and generally acting as if our efforts are useless. Wildlife specialists use a four-step sequence to...

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Skunk – Odor removal

A chemist in Illinois believes he has discovered a way to obliterate one of the most noxious odors known to humans: skunk. Paul Krebaum used concentrated hydrogen peroxide to remove noxious smells from the chemical processes in his laboratory. When...

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Ermine Moth Caterpillar Webs on the Web

DOUBLE YUCK!!!! When a friend sent me a link to pictures of moth caterpillar webs I could not believe my eyes. Caterpillar Infestation Ermine Moth Caterpillars in UK What insect could have made those webs that cover ALL nearby surfaces?!...

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Large Flies – In house in Spring

Radio listeners think it is remarkable when I can answer a question with just a word or two of description of a problem. Here’s a problem I’ve wondered about for years: “What are those large flies that arrive early every...

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