Posts Tagged ‘mosquitoes’

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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Tree – Water in Crotch

Q: Our new home has a beautiful large maple tree which concerns me. It has grown in three major directions leaving a crotch at the originating junction of the three branches. The crotch is deep and holds a fair amount...

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Citrosa – Use as Mosquito Repellent

Q: Is the citrosa plant effective against mosquitoes? Is it an annual or a perennial? A: The citrosa is actually a scented geranium. Many plant oils are somewhat repellent to insects – lemon balm actually contains more citronellal oil than...

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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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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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Mosquito Control – Monthly Sprays

Q: What do you think about the monthly mosquito control offered by local exterminators? I am considering signing up this but wondered how well it works or if there are any safety hazards. The company I called will spray the...

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Aphids – On Pansy

Q: I was taking out my pansies in early April and noticed three-fourths of them were filled with small bugs. I think that they are lacebugs, but didn’t think that they were out this early. I have a problem every...

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Mosquitos- Ultrasonic Watch

Q: I recently saw an advertisement for an ultrasonic watch which claims to ward off pregnant female mosquitos because they are the only ones that bite. True or false? A: It’s true that only female mosquitoes bite but false that...

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Mosquitoes – Control With Pans of Water

Q: I have an idea to control mosquitoes. Why not leave a few pans of water in the yard to attract egg-laying female mosquitoes, then dump them out every few days to kill the larvae? A: I like your creativity...

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Aucuba shurb – Mosquitoes

Q: I have heard that aucuba shrubs attract mosquitos. Is this true? A: Mosquito specialist Elmer Gray is also known as Elmer the Entomologist to Clarke county school children. He says mosquito resting places vary between seasons and among species...

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Aucuba shrubs – Mosquitoes

Q: I have heard that aucuba shrubs attract mosquitos. Is this true? A: Mosquito specialist Elmer Gray is also known as Elmer the Entomologist to Clarke county school children. He says mosquito resting places vary between seasons and among species...

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Mosquito problem – Bat houses

Q: Our condominium complex has a terrible mosquito problem. What do you think of installing purple martin or bat houses. A: Neither bats nor martins control mosquitoes. In the case of martins, the mosquitoes don’t offer enough protein to make...

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Hummingbirds – Eating Insects

Q: While watching hummingbirds with a friend, I saw a female bird eating what I call gnats. My friend said that hummingbirds eat nothing but nectar. Who’s right? A: Hummingbirds do eat insects. Nectar (or sugar water) supplies them with...

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Marbled Orb Weaving Spider – Identification

Q: My daughter and I found this guy in our yard. We’ve never seen a spider quite like him. He was pretty evil looking! A: Evil is in the eye of the beholder! To her boyfriends, this marbled orb weaver...

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Mosquitoes – Removing Breeding Areas

Q: My neighbor’s backyard is a marsh and a horrible mosquito breeding ground. We neighbors have been talking about helping her clear out the bamboo and English ivy so it would benefit all of us in summer. Do you have...

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Mosquito Control – Mineral Oil

Q: After making several rain barrels we bought mosquito donuts to put in each one. Now we are unable to easily find them; the hardware stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. Since birds and animals would...

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