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Some recent homeowner questions and answers:

Kudzu bugs (4) Swarming on houses, cars and T shirts. They seem to be very plentiful this year. We are getting daily calls about kudzu bugs on the outside and on the inside of homes. We are basically telling people when they are inside the house NOT to smash them, since they will give off an unpleasant odor, but to vacuum them up. Another Kudzu bug publication

Oakworms (inch worms) (4)

Carpenter bees (4) (Do the carpenter bee traps work?)

Winter weeds (2) Too late to control most of them. Instead, focus on controlling summer weeds – many of which are up and growing well!

Eastern tent caterpillars (2)

Honeybee swarms (2)

Centipede grass decline -  Disease, drought/heat stress from last year, etc. causing slow green up. Even seeing big dead spots in established centipede lawns. Improper care contributes to the problem.

Black-spotted brown moth larvae

Fire blight  - Some from last year & just being noticed

Azalea Scale and Lacebugs -  See page 18 of this Azalea publication



Clover mites - page 6

Poison ivy control

Barklice (Coastal Georgia)

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (North Georgia)

Contributors: UGA Cooperative Extension Agents Eddie Ayers, Robbie Edalgo, Randy Drinkard, Gary Peiffer, Martha Roelkey, Sid Mullis, Michael J. Wheeler, Brenda Jackson, Wade Hutcheson, Becky Griffin, Frank Hancock, Bobby Smith and others.

Sites to Visit

Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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Wade Hutcheson Administration ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator 706-638-2548
Wade Hutcheson Administration Agriculture & Natural Resources ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator 706-638-2548