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Bats in the attic

Nearly 1,000 species of bats are known throughout the world, and approximately 40 species inhabit the United States.  Bats are beneficial because they are efficient predators of insects. A single bat, for instance, may consume as many as 2,000 insects every night.  Because flying insects are not active during the…
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Unsolicited Seeds

People across the country have received unsolicited packages of seeds.  The packages are being sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture has been notified that numerous Georgia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China.  The…
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Ants in My Plants

Every summer, we receive calls about ants getting into vegetable gardens and crawling all over people’s plants.  In particular, okra and southern peas seem to be a common problem for nuisance ants.  Ants are attracted to the sugary nectar produced in flowers and may also be attracted to other sap-feeding…
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Yellownecked Caterpillars on Blueberries

The yellownecked caterpillar is a common pest of shade trees and shrubs.  It is found throughout the eastern United States.  It feeds on a variety of trees including basswood, birch, elm, honeylocust, oak, maple, and walnut.  This insect is also destructive on the foliage of blueberry, apple, and other fruit…
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Managing common landscape diseases

The most important part of landscape disease management is identifying the problem. Eighty percent of all plant disorders are the result of the inability of a plant to adapt to its environment. Knowing the problem, whether it is stress related and/or disease related, begins with being able to correctly identify…
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Rotten Tomatoes

If calcium is deficient in developing tomato fruits, an irreversible condition known as blossom-end rot will develop. Blossom-end rot occurs when cell wall calcium is deficient during early fruit development, and results in cell wall membrane collapse.  Blossom end rot is a physiological disorder of tomatoes and not caused by…
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Struggling Lawns

The local Extension office has received numerous calls in recent weeks about warm-season lawns that are struggling to green-up this spring.  Based on conversations with my colleagues, this appears to be a wide spread issue throughout North Georgia.  What we are observing is that some lawns are very patchy and…
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