Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Aphids – On Trees in Fall

Q: We have a tree in our front yard and it is covered with little gnats. There is a pile an inch or more deep at the base of the tree and they cover most of the limbs and trunk....

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Wheel Bug – Identification

Q: My husband sent me some cameraphone pictures of a very weird insect. He and his friends are calling it “the bad-ass bug”. From what I can gather through the pix he sent, it kind of resembles a praying mantis,...

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Insecticide – Half-life

Q: We have three half-barrels we have used for years to plant annuals. We want to plant turnip greens in them this fall. We have used Orthene in them to control fire ants. Is the soil contaminated? May we plant...

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Mosquito – Garlic Spray

Q: I have heard that eating garlic or spraying it around the yard will repel mosquitoes. Is this true? A: The very first fact to chew on is that mosquitoes have almost no olfactory powers. They do sense odors in...

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Plum- Disease Prevention

Q: I planted a plum tree about four years ago. Last year it produced fruit but they had worms. Is there some thing that you can recommend for me to spray? When should I apply it? A: Even though this...

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European Hornet- Damage to Plant

Q: I have a row of ten foot tall ‘Nellie Stevens’ hollies. Last summer I noticed severe yellowing of the leaves on two of them. Recently I crawled under these large shrubs and discovered on the trunks concentric rings where...

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Yellowjackets – Nest Dug Up

Q: We have noticed some bees in a corner of our property. After a recent rain, it looked as if an animal dug up several flat bee combs. There were four of them, about the size of a six-inch pancake,...

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Cicada and Katydid – Identification by Sound

Q: Some of my friends say the loud chorus of chirping sounds at night is tree frogs and others say it is cicadas. Do you know? A: I think you were hearing annual cicadas and katydids singing in the treetops.....

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Grape – Black Rot Disease

Q: What’s wring with my grapes? This is the second year in a row. They get about 1/4 inch in diameter, turn black and fall off. A: Your grapes have a disease called black rot. Its first symptom is small...

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Squash – Identifying

Q: My curiosity has gotten the best of me. I opened my compost bin one day to find dozens of tiny sprouts. My mother, a farm-raised lady, recognized these as squash sprouts. Since my wife and I often eat yellow...

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Tree Hole – Filling

Q: I just purchased a home with two very old Japanese maple trees in my front yard. I noticed that one of them has a hole in the base of the trunk large enough for a small adult fist to...

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Spider – Control

Q: Q: We have tiny spiders that spin webs on the inside of the window and between the window and the screen. We have tried spraying insecticide on the sills but that does not seem to work. I think you...

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Springtails – Collembola

Q: My friends showed me a very mysterious purple-ish spread on their concrete driveway after a warm rain in December. It is made up of tiny bugs and they are moving slowly. We are concerned about this invasion. A: Can...

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Velvet Ant – Identification

Q: I have discovered a new insect around my yard and it doesn’t look nice. It looks like a big, red ant with a black stripe around the middle. My neighbor said they are “cow ants”. A: The insect you...

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Ants – On Houseplants

Q: I had a nice jade plant but ants came in and made their home in it so I threw it away. I have since bought a smaller jade plant; so far it is thriving. Now ants have gotten to...

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Powder Post Beetle – Control

Q: I recently noticed some pin-sized holes in a wooden bed headboard in my house. There was a small pile of sawdust below the holes. Any idea of what it could be? If so, how do I eliminate the pest?...

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Leafcutter Bee – In Mortar

Q: I have insects that are boring pencil-sized circular holes in the mortar where two brick walls meet. They appear to have a striped abdomen and they plug the holes with green leaf matter. How do I prevent them from...

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Flea Control – Indoors

Q: What can I use in the house for flea control with a sixteen month old baby present? The dog is treated and the yard is going to be but I want to get ahead of them indoors before there...

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