Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Dirt Dauber (Mud Dauber) – Control

Q: My husband and I have a cabin in the country. Before we could move in, however, every kind of wasp-looking thing was busy building nests of all sorts on the outside fireplace, on the siding of the house, etc....

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Worm Snake – Identification

Q: This morning, while out topping off the bird feeders, this thing fell out of the sky and bounced off the roof of the house, landing near my feet. My guess is he wiggled away from whatever bird had planned...

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Gecko – Control

Q: I must be living on top of a gecko nest. I have cut the bushes down that are around my house, hoping to eliminate their living area, but to no avail. They are crawling on my brick and have...

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Brown Recluse Spider – Identification

Q: I have a spider I think is a brown recluse. How can I identify it? A: According to my exteemed colleague and insect expert, Dr. Paul Guillebeau, you may have a spider…but it probably isn’t a brown recluse. He...

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Natural Pesticides – Effective?

Q: Are “natural” insecticides as effective as regular ones? A: Perhaps…..but certainly not always. And the companies that market “natural” pesticides aren’t required to prove that their products work because they are exempt from Federal law. Is this good for...

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Winter Application of Horticultural Oil

Q: I have a customer that has scale on recently installed Magnolias.I want to spray horticultural oil; however, I understand that due to recently mild temperatures serious harm to plant can occur. Once temperatures resume to “winter like” conditions how...

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Obscure Scale – On Oak

Q: We have planted several trees to try to make a natural area at the rear of our property. One of the trees is a pin oak and it seems to have some kind of bug or fungus growing on...

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Banana – Bee Damage to Flowers

Q: I have banana trees, the large type, in Eatonton. They are in a sunny protected place on the side of our house. This year we had a crop of more than 200 bananas off 3 trees. Needless to say...

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Sago Palm – Scale

Q: What can I do about scale insects on my sago palm? A: Insect specialist Gretchen Pettis says: “Catharine Mannion at the University of Florida has done a significant amount of research with the Cycad Scale. It is devastating the...

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Gardenia Whitefly – Identification

Q: I have been plagued by a black, sooty substance that covers the leaves on my gardenia bushes. In the summer it is accompanied by tiny white flies. They seem to be related: if I kill the flies with insecticide...

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European Hornet – Identification

Q: I found this wasp in our house. It’s the biggest wasp I have ever seen. I won the battle but it was touch and go for a while. Could you please tell me what the heck it is? A: It’s...

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Boll Weevil – Damage to Cotton

Q: How do boll weevils damage cotton? A: They feed a bit on plant tips before the cotton blooms, but then feed on the young bolls after the plant begins blooming. Pretty quickly thereafter they begin laying eggs in the...

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Mole Crickets – In Pasture

Q: We have noticed that our horse pasture has small holes everywhere, and the grass around them is dying. I spoke with local experts who say it sounds like mole crickets. What can we use that will not hurt the...

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Butterflies and Ladybugs – Sources

Q: Where can I get butterflies and ladybugs for a civic celebration? A: Susan Wainwright (The Bug Lady) keeps on her website a list of insectaries producing beneficial insects. See Where to Buy the Good Bugs. For butterflies you may...

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Lubber Grasshopper – Control

Q: Does anyone have any experience on controlling what is called a “Georgia Thumper” (lubber grasshopper)? A: Insect Expert Gretchen Pettis says: “The eastern lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera, is generally not considered a significant pest for a couple of reasons:...

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Spider Mite – Control

Q: My daylilies have been growing inside all winter and now are getting splotchy and have lost many of their leaves. The leaves keep trying to come back but either are attacked or come up twisted. What insecticide would be...

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Oak – Raining Sap

Q: For the past two years, the water oak over our deck has been raining sap in the spring. It creates a horrible sticky mess that turns black and dirty. What causes this? A: I think you have lecanium scale...

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Cranefly – Control

Q: I’ve been invaded by European craneflies. They look like giant mosquitoes as they bump along windows and outdoor lights. What can I do to get rid of them and prevent future problems? A: Though they look menacing, cranefly adults...

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