Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Boxelder Bug vs Red-Shouldered Bug – Identification

Q: What is this red bug ? There are a kazillion around my garden area? Are they harmful? Do they bite? A: You’ve found some boxelder (or box elder) bugs, Boisea trivittatus. These harmless insects feed on the seeds of...

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Polyphemous Moth

Q: I found this giant moth in the yard. What is it? A: You found a beautiful polyphemus moth! This flying creature is found in wooded areas. Its equally distinctive caterpillar is bright green and up to three inches long....

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Fire Blight – In Pear

Q: I have a 50+ year old pear tree that suddenly has shown signs of distress. After blooming and developing some fruit, the tips of some branches began to turn brown. It looks a little like freeze damage. The problem...

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Hickory Horned Devil – Young form

Q: Can you tell me what in heck these caterpillars are? A: According to my friends at BugGuide, you found the immature caterpillars of the hickory horned devil, which eventually turns into the beautiful Regal...

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Witchhazel Gall

Q: We have an older Witch Hazel (yellow bloomer) that we transplanted a few years ago. The first and third growing season we’ve found these wierd green and pink growths on the leaves. There appears to be a hole in...

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Raspberry – Virus

Q: What is wrong with my ‘Heritage’ raspberries? About 25% are healthy green but the rest look like this. A: It sure looks like raspberry virus. Raspberries and blackberries are susceptible to several virus diseases, including raspberry mosaic, raspberry leaf...

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Spider Mite – Foxglove, Hollyhock, Juniper

Q: My foxgloves looked wonderful for a while then became increasingly ‘fried’ looking. Was it too much sun or drought or some fungus among us? I haven’t seen any webs from spider mites, and have hit them with a fungicide....

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Dying Tree – Root Damage

Q: Can you tell me what is happening to my tree? Can I save it? A: Great pictures – they give me a lot of information. First, looking at the whole tree, I see the limbs are thinly foliaged and...

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Spittlebug – Control in Centipedegrass

Q: I have a problem every summer with an infestation of twolined spittlebug in my centipedegrass. How should I control them? A: Adult spittlebugs are black with two orange stripes across their wings. The nymphs are yellow-green with a brown...

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Imidacloprid – Risks to Beneficial Insects

Q: I began treating my shrubs and woody plants with a systemic insecticide last year. Its active ingredient is imidacloprid. Despite its effectiveness, I’m wondering if a systemic insecticide in a plant’s system can be harmful to desirable insects that...

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Companion Plants – For Garden

Q: I read in a book that tansy is good for deterring Japanese beetles. I have roses and other flowers that the beetles have a good lunch on for a few months. I don’t like to use sprays due to...

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Horticultural Oil – Application in Winter

Q: I want to spray horticultural oil on Magnolia scale. However, I understand that due to recently mild temperatures serious harm to the plant can occur. Once the weather becomes wintry again, how many days or weeks until I should...

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Palmetto Bug (Roach) – Control

Q: We have noticed palmetto bugs (a.k.a. large brown roaches about two inches long) in vast numbers all over our driveway. My daughter is afraid to walk up the driveway and I am always prepared to hear one crunch under...

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Roach – Control

Q: I need a recipe for roach bait. I have tried the boric acid, bacon grease, onion, dough recipe but wondered if there isn’t a better one. I’ve tried bait stations but they didn’t work. A: The bait stations from...

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Fleas – Control

Q: I have a major flea problem in my house. I’ve tried spraying with permethrin and vacuuming thoroughly, sometimes more than once a week. Our dog is covered in the things, despite getting a bath with flea shampoo about every...

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Tomato – Heirloom not like Parent

Q: This spring I planted seeds I saved from a single ‘Cherokee Purple’ tomato I had eaten. One of the seeds produced a plant and fruit that was completely different from the rest of the plants. This particular plant had...

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Obscure Scale – Control

Q: I recently got a note from a tree company that had been out inspecting my neighbor’s trees. It stated that they had discovered a insect pest known as “obscure scale” ravaging my neighbor’s pin oak trees. The tree man...

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Caterpillar Identification 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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