Category Archives: Insects

Eddie’s Corner: What’s Eating My Leaves?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, May 15, 2015

Sawfly larvae leaf damage 2As plants leaf out and start growing they provide a good meal for many insects. One critter that is causing problems to roses and some other plants is the larval stage of the sawfly. This larvae or caterpillar is hard to see, but the damage left behind is easy to spot.
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Eddie’s Corner: Stink Bug Research

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, April 27, 2015

Stinkbug 2Entomologists at the University of Georgia are constantly passing along information to the people of Georgia about bugs in the state. Now you have an opportunity to give feedback to them to help monitor the movement of the brown marmorated stink bug. The insect loves to stowaway in homes and has the potential to hurt the state’s cotton and blueberry crops.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Check for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Now

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, April 20, 2015

HemlockNow is the right time to check for HWA on your trees. If you find them, it is also the right time to begin control efforts. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is a tiny insect about 1/32 of an inch long that feeds on the sap of our hemlock trees. They have been moving southward down the Appalachian Mountains and have been in our area for over 10 years. Many of you have already treated your trees, but it may be time for a second treatment. Remember, the normal treatment only lasts 5-7 years, so check your trees and your records to see when you last treated your trees.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Mosquito Problems and Control

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, April 13, 2015

Mosquito2015 has provided its share of wet cold weather, but as we move into warmer weather hopefully we can start to do more outside activities. This is good news as it is much more fun to be outside than inside the house, but that also means more contact with mosquitoes. Not only does the mosquito have a painful sting, they can also transmit disease. The disease that has gotten the most press is West Nile virus, but that does not usually occur until later in the year. In addition to transmitting human diseases, the mosquito can also infect pets with heartworm larvae.   Continue reading