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Check pastures and hayfields for Fall Armyworms

Fall Armyworm Image

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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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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Periodical Cicada “Flagging”

Oak Tree Flagging

The emergence of “Brood X” exceeded expectations in North Georgia, as those of us who happened to reside in the “cicada zone” observed droves of periodical cicadas emerging in huge numbers. Over the past month, the song of male periodical cicada has faded and we’re seeing less and less of…
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Check for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Now

Hemlock Branch

Yesterday while walking with my faithful companions Susie Q and Maggie Mae, I was admiring the signs that spring has sprung. Cast an eye into the woods and you’ll see a horde of ferns pushing their way through the leaf litter, dogwoods decorate the wood line, gracing us with their…
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Plant and animal phenology


Between all the cold, rainy weather and intermittent bouts of snow we’ve been having in North Georgia, February has put on a good show of bringing us some classic winter weather. However, despite this month’s average temperatures, I’m beginning to see phenological signs of spring everywhere. Phenology refers to the…
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Piles of tiny insects

Springtails in puddle

The New Year has started out with some intriguing client questions, with a number of them involving calls and emails from folks who have found tiny insects by the thousands covering their driveways, sidewalks, and carports. At first glance many people assume the colored mass is some type of mold…
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Fall Armyworms are on the move

Armyworm Image

Georgia farmers are never surprised to see fall armyworms munching on their stands of corn, sorghum and forage hay crops – they just hope for a low number of armyworms. UGA Extension Entomologist, Will Hudson, describes fall armyworms as the “larval or caterpillar stage of a nondescript, small gray moth…
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