Posts Tagged ‘animal droppings’

Animals – Identifying from Droppings

Many is the time I’ve seen animal droppings and wondered about their source. Was it a raccoon, possum or dog that wandered through my yard last night? This article contains drawings and explanations of how to identify animals by what...

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Rat and Mouse – Identification

Q: We found the droppings of an animal in our kitchen. My husband thinks it is a mouse, I think it is a rat. Is it possible to tell the difference? A: It may be distasteful, but it is possible...

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Muscadine – Transplanting Wild One

Q: July 27, 1996 – When is the best time to transplant a wild muscadine vine out of the woods? A: In my opinion, it is never a good time to transplant a wild muscadine vine. Why? Because they simply...

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Geese – Control

Q: I live in a neighborhood with two small lakes. One lake, in particular, has been the home to Canada geese since the inception of our community. The geese are fun to feed, lovely to look at, but they have...

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Bats – Attracting

Q: I received a bat house for Christmas (yes, I asked for one). Can you tell me some tips to make it successful or direct me to some information on making my bat house attractive to bats? I live in...

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Fly – Control with Flypaper

Q: Do you have a solution for combating flies? There was a home remedy in the Market Bulletin once that advised using black powder and water in a saucer. It supposedly would be consumed and the fly would die. I...

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Oak – Hollow, Carpenter Ants

Q: I have an oak tree in my yard that has two branches about a foot in diameter growing out from the main trunk near the base. About a year ago, I noticed something that looks like coffee grounds at...

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Rabbit – Control

Q: I have rabbits eating my pansies! I love animals but is there anyway to discourage the rabbits without harming them? A: Both rabbits and caterpillars can consume pansies in fall. To distinguish between the two, examine your pansy leaves....

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Sweetgum Defoliator Caterpillars

Q: About a week ago I noticed very small black pellets falling from my sweetgum trees. Upon further inspection of the trees, I noticed the crowns appear to be eaten away. There appears to be a rather extensive infestation of...

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Meyer Lemon – Rat Damage

Q: My Meyer lemon trees remain outside all summer, but were brought into my greenhouse to avoid freeze damage. After the move inside for the winter, I went to water the trees and noticed several lemons on the floor and...

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Lizard Droppings- Identification

Q: We have been finding droppings around our house, on the driveway and in our unfinished basement. The droppings are black, approximately one-eighth inch in diameter and less than one-quarter inch long. They are unique in that they have white...

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Sweetgum – Infestation

Q: About a week ago I noticed very small black pellets falling from my sweetgum trees. Upon further inspection, I noticed the tree crowns appeared to be eaten away. There seems to be an extensive infestation of some type of...

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Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar (Orangedog) – Identification

Q: I found these creepy critters on a small citrus tree at my home. What could they be? A: They are indeed creepy but these caterpillars turn in a giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio cresphontes. Their markings effectively deter predators…even humans,...

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Daddy Longlegs – Harmless to Flowers

Q: Should I be worried if I see “daddy long legs” spiders on my flowers? A: No, the daddy longlegs are harmless. Also known as harvestmen, these creatures are not spiders, though the body form is similar. They do not...

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Bats – Droppings

Q: I am curious about some animal droppings that are on my driveway and front porch. They are dry and full of nothing but bug wings it seems. Could it be an armadillo or a skunk? A: I’m thinking of...

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Squirrels – Droppings

Q: I have been feeding squirrels in my backyard for over fifteen years but I have never seen squirrel droppings. Please note that I do NOT spend a lot of time looking for them! Do they bury the droppings? A:...

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Earthworm – Castings

Q: I have mounds of what look like lilliputian guinea pig droppings all over our front yard. Can’t find any one who can I.D. Any thoughts? A: I’m not sure how you’d know what lilliputian guinea pig droppings look like...

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Fly – Control

Q: I was visiting my daughter and she pointed out that the west side of her house was covered with flies. She said it happens every year around this time. Is there a way to get rid of them? A:...

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