Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Carolina Anole (lizard) – Identification

Q: This little alligator walked in my front door like he owned the place, then died. What is it? A: It’s a Carolina anole, a type of lizard. They are harmless to humans – only to the insects they eat....

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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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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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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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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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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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Mites- Pest Control

Q: We have a major problem that is driving me crazy. My home has become infested with what I suspect are tiny biting mites. It’s like a very small flea bite, all over my body. It affects others, so I’m...

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Catalpa- Worm Control

Q: We have a twenty-five foot tall catalpa tree that we want to use as shade and not as a source of fish bait. Each year it has thousands of worms that eat all the leaves and leave a nasty...

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Poplar Tree- Grading Damage

Q: A grading machine backed into our poplar tree and scraped a section of the bark off. The interior of the tree was not damaged but loose bark is left hanging. What should I do now? A: Use a razor...

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Wooly Apple Aphid

Q: The lower trunk of my apple tree is severely swollen and disfigured. Where the ground has eroded nearby, some of the roots are visible and they have knots and swelling on them. What could this be? A: It sounds...

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