Posts Tagged ‘insects’

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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Chili Thrips – Identification

Q: My gardener friends in Florida are all excited about a new pest of roses: chili thrips. Do we have them here? A: We don’t yet have them here, and thank goodness for that! Chili thrips chew on plant leaves...

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Pomegranates- Blooming

Q: My co-worker tells me that every year his pomegranates look healthy but always drop their blooms before they can set fruit. Do you have any ideas why? A: Very likely the problem is caused by failure of the flowers...

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Gardening- Yard Maintenance

Q: I’m a new homeowner and don’t have any experience with gardening. I sodded bermudagrass but had some bare spots. In an attempt to fix the bare spots I accidentally seeded them with fescue. Now my yard looks pretty weird...

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Crapemyrtles- Discoloring

Q: I have two crapemyrtles that have a sooty black color on the leaves and on the ground underneath each year. What do I do? I’ve sprayed with an insecticide and insecticidal soap. A: When my mother saw cookie crumbs...

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Vegetable Gardens- Pesticides

Q: For many years I have been using pesticides on my lawn. Now I want to have a vegetable garden, but I am afraid that the chemicals may still be in the soil and would get into the vegetables that...

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Rose – Budworm

Q: Many of my rose flowers look like the buds are being eaten before they completely open. Just pink petals around a gooey brown center. A: I think you have an infestation of tobacco budworm. Despite its name, this caterpillar...

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Aphids – On Onion, Garlic and Chives

Q: Could you tell me what are the little black bugs that are all over my green onions? A: Chives, garlic and onions are famous for attracting aphids in spring. The best controls are organic: blast them off with a...

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Aphids – On Rose

Q: I found this bug on my rose bush and can’t figure out what it is. A: Look closely. Do you see those little spikelets on the rear of the green bug? They’re called cornicles and they are characteristic of...

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Click Beetle – Eyed type – Identification

Q: I have never seen a bug like this. It sat on my fence, “posed” for my camera and I haven’t seen it since! A: Your photo subject is an eyed click beetle. These are not usable eyes…just markings that...

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Pollinating Insect- Law

Q: One day while my neighbor was whacking carpenter bees, a policeman stopped and warned him about killing a pollinating insect. He said that it is against the law. Do you know of a Georgia law against killing a pollinating...

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Weeping Willow- Planting

Q: I’m thinking of planting a weeping willow. The site is near a stream and is the wettest part of the yard when it rains. Are there any problems with this tree? A: It sounds like you have a good...

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Doodlebug – Identification

Q: We have noticed small cones in the sand underneath our mulberry trees. Do you have any ideas as to what is making these or if they will be harmful to the trees? A: Don’t tell me you’ve never played...

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Gasoline- Weed Control

Q: My neighbor told me he uses gasoline to control weeds. He says it works better and is cheaper than Roundup. What are your thoughts? A: Gasoline also removes dirt better than soap, but I’ll bet your neighbor doesn’t bathe...

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Cucumbers – Pollination

Q: My father is having trouble with his cucumbers. The plants are healthy and produce prolific blooms. However, the cucumbers are extremely tiny and they never grow larger. A: I think it’s a pollination problem. Bees must visit a flower...

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