Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Dogs – Grass For Lawn

Q: I have tried fescue seed and sod on my shady, east-sloping back yard but still have little grass. To complicate the issue, my dogs run in the area. Is there a way to get grass to grow? A: Landscape...

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Dogs – Lawn For

Q: We have a small back yard that is on a mild slope (very little) but has poor drainage. Everything runs to the back corner of the yard. We spent a lot of money to sod it with zoysia in...

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Owl – In the House

Q: I had an owl get in my house one night via an open fireplace flue. We aren’t sure how the owl got the glass doors open over our fireplace. Somehow it got out and it flew from the downstairs...

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Oak – Gall on Trunk

Q: This canker has been on my oak for many years. Why has such a large canker not killed the tree? A: Galls and cankers don’t necessarily always kill their host. Many are symbiotic, like cedar apple rust galls, that...

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Woodpecker – Damage to Fascia

Q: What caused the damage to the fascia board on our house? This shows only a small portion of the damage, it goes all the way to the peak of the roof line. The “cavities” or “open tunnels” are about...

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Wasp – Stuffs Grass into Window Frame

Q: I’ve lived in this house in Gainesville for ten years. Every fall when I open the windows hundreds of lady bugs, wasps, and large amounts of straw fall out of the window frame. Last night when it cooled after...

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Ant Mounds- Treatment

Q: We would like to treat our eighty-four acre farm pastures for fire ant mounds. There is no livestock there but our two dogs are trained on the fields. We can’t stand how the mounds look and our dogs are...

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Rose Bug – Identification

Q: I have some bugs throughout my perennials and roses. It is a half-inch long, chocolate brown, with a couple of slim orange lines across the top of its body. What is it? A: Undoubtedly it’s the adult form of...

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Roses- Pruning

Q: This year when pruning my roses after blooming I noticed a small hole at the top of the stem. This hole goes back down the stem, which dies back sometimes as much as six inches. Is this caused by...

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Hemlock Trees- Care

Q: We have property on the Soque River at the northern tip of Habersham County. We have quite a few hemlock trees that have been showing signs of distress over the past several months. We first noticed some of the...

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Dracaena- Infestation

Q: I just noticed our dracaena is full of a something that resembles tiny white cocoons, particularly on the back side of the leaves. They are also on the trunk. They wipe off easily but there are too many to...

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Arugula- Pest Control

Q: I need something to control thrips on arugula that I grow in window pots in my apartment. Pyrethrin spray burns the leaves and eventually kills the plants. What do you suggest? A: It’s tough to find an insecticide that...

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Palmetto Bugs – Control

Q: Palmetto bugs really bother me. We’ve sprayed insecticides around the perimeter of the house and some inside, mostly around pipes. I worry that bait stations might harm our dog. Is there any more advice you can give? A: Whenever...

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Squash Bugs- Control

Q: Do you have any suggestions for controlling squash bugs, not squash vine borers, on yellow squash? A: Adult squash bugs are a bit more than a half-inch long and a quarter-inch wide. They are dark brown, sometimes mottled with...

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Fothergilla Bushes- Leaves

Q: I have a dozen fothergilla bushes. I just noticed that one of them has strange cone-like shapes growing out of the leaves! None of the others have anything like this. What in the world is this? A: Fothergilla (witch...

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Caterpillar- Books

Q: We just moved to the Atlanta. Could you tell me the name of the caterpillar book which you mentioned on the radio while discussing caterpillars that sting? I think some of my grandchildren would enjoy it since they’re always...

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Boxwoods- Spiderwebs

Q: My boxwoods are covered in spiderwebs, Is there something I can spray on the boxwoods to get rid of these without hurting the boxwoods? A: I believe you should leave the spider webs alone. They are likely just the...

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English Ivy- Good/Bad

Q: Last week you discussed controlling English ivy. But I have ivy growing up my house and I rather like the way it looks. It gives me shade and privacy. Is this a bad thing? Will it hurt the house?...

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