Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Bats and Purple Martins – Don’t Control Mosquitoes

Q: Is it true that purple martins control mosquitoes? I am presently working in Bangladesh. It is the dry season here and mosquitoes are thick as molasses. I hate to think of the rainy season. This is the kind of...

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Purple Martin – Don’t Control Mosquitoes

Q: Is it true that purple martins control mosquitoes? I am presently working in Bangladesh. It is the dry season here and mosquitoes are thick as molasses. I hate to think of the rainy season. This is the kind of...

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Butterflies – Plants to Attract

Q: I am twelve years old. My neighbor showed me four gorgeous monarch butterfly caterpillars on his fennel plant. I have decided to be the butterfly queen for my neighborhood. What should I plant to have butterflies ? A: Planting...

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Ant, Argentine – Control

Q: For six months I have been having Argentine ant problems in the kitchen. I have gone through two exterminator firms to no avail. Could you PLEASE tell me what to do? They seem to be active again with the...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Trap

Q: I heard you describe on your radio show how to construct a trap for Asian ambrosia beetles. I think the parts were a plastic cup, a film canister, a cotton wick and alcohol. Where can I find specific instructions...

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Chimney Swift – Sounds like Bats in Chimney

Q: I think I have bats in my chimney! Every day when I come in the house from work I hear lots of cheeps and whirring sounds from the fireplace. My children won’t go in the living room. How can...

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Bats – Attracting

Q: I received a bat house for Christmas (yes, I asked for one). Can you tell me some tips to make it successful or direct me to some information on making my bat house attractive to bats? I live in...

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Fungus Gnat – On Houseplants

Q: I have a sunny window with a new pot of flowers nearby. I noticed lots of small, dark flies dying on the windowsill as soon as I brought the flowers home. Did the flies come from the flowers? A:...

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Japanese Beetle – Organic Control

Q: Is there any organic method to keep Japanese beetles off my plants? A: Insecticidal soap or products containing pyrethrin could be the answer for you. You’ll have to hit the insect directly with the spray – that can be...

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Japanese Beetle – Chemical Control

Q: In you article two weeks ago, you said that you preferred hand-picking Japanese beetles and that we should never use traps. Well, I have too many beetles to hand-pick so what should I do? A: You’re right – some...

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Wasps – Chewing on Furniture

Q: We have teak furniture on our patio which has never been oiled or stained. Recently, wasps have begun removing the upper, soft surface of the wood. We have contacted the manufacturer but they say they have no suggestions. Can...

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Woodpecker – Drumming on House

Q: We have a woodpecker pounding holes in our stucco house. What can we do? A: Owners of stucco and cedar-sided homes often report that woodpeckers bang on their exterior walls and gutters. The sharp “rattta – tat – tat”�...

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Pine Beetle – In Mulch

Q: I had some pines cut down because they had pine beetles. Should the tree be sprayed with insecticide? Is it safe to use the shredded limbs and chips as mulch? A: The infested pine tree trunks should be removed...

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Termiticide – Absorbed by Plants

Q: I had my house treated for termites six months ago. They dug a trench around the base of my house and poured in a chemical. They warned me not to plant anything I plan to eat within fifteen feet...

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Whitefly – Control

Q: I see whiteflies all over my gardenias in summer. What should I do to kill them? A: If you see hundreds in spring, you’ll see millions by mid-summer! They suck plant sap and excrete a sticky honeydew that gets...

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Wooly Pine Scale – Identification

Q: What is this stuff that looks like snow on my pine tree in Decatur in mid-summer? Should I do something about it? It looks fluffy and is sticky. When you pull some off it can be rolled up in...

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Pine Beetle – Identifying Damage

Q: One of our pine trees has holes along the trunk with bits of rosin sticking out. Our neighbor says we have pine beetles and the tree is dead. What do you think? A: If there are lots of holes,...

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Pine Beetle – Aftercare

Q: We had a tree die from pine beetles and my husband would like to cut it down himself as he has done with other trees. Is there is a risk of spreading beetle larva when the limbs are moved?...

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