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Asian longhorned tick confirmed in Pickens County

Last month, a dangerous and invasive pest, the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), was positively identified in North Georgia. First discovered on a sheep in New Jersey in 2017, the Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 17 states in only four years. Now that it is in Georgia, UGA Extension…
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Rosellinia Needle Blight on Hemlock

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Over the past few weeks I’ve received numerous calls and emails from clients concerned over the welfare of their beloved hemlock trees. The trees of concern have all been described as having browning needles and dieback. Despite having been treated for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, these trees do not seem…
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Assessing storm-damaged trees

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Hurricane Ida brought devastating flood and storm damage to Louisiana, but neighboring states, including Georgia, also had their fair share of action from resulting severe weather. While I remind myself that “things could have been worse” we still have some storm damage in North Georgia, and I’ve already had several…
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Check pastures and hayfields for Fall Armyworms

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Few pests elicit as much anxiety and frustration from pasture and hayfield owners than knowing fall armyworms (FAW) are on the march. These pests can quickly devour a field of fescue, pearl millet, forage mixes, and lawns, and then disappear, leaving little left for growers to salvage. As the name…
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European Hornets

European Hornet

Over the past few weeks I’ve been contacted by several North Georgians who are concerned over some very large flying insects. They’re not bees and they’re not yellow jackets or paper wasps, so what are they? After reviewing pictures or a sample that a brave individual brought into my office,…
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Slow Down for Wildlife

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Summer is in full swing in Appalachia, and with it comes an increase in traffic through our mountain towns. Whether your interest lies in a float down the river, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking into the backcountry, mountain biking, fishing, visiting our lovely orchards and vineyards, or enjoying a bite to…
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Managing Mosquitoes

With as much rain as we’ve been having, you can bet that mosquitoes are going to be multiplying at a much higher rate, as these insects are dependent upon the presence of water to complete their life cycle. Knowing the different stages of the mosquito’s life cycle will help you…
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