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Red bugs have appeared on my Texas mountain laurel
April 10, 2016
What should I do about the red bugs on my mountain laurel?
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Lopidea on Texas Mountain Laurel
March 10, 2016
How do I get rid of lopidea on mountain laurel?
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Preventing Oak Galls
February 22, 2016
How do you prevent live oak galls? Do you have a solution? Many of our live oaks are infested with them.
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Viburnum Leaf Beetle Damage to Native Viburnums
February 02, 2016
Dear Friends, I am an officer of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, a Staten Island, NY land conservation organization which also involves itself in forest restoration and invasive species control projects...
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Caterpillars on Milkweed in MA
January 23, 2016
I have found every year a black/red caterpillars on my milkweed. They eat everything! I have never been able to find out what they are or how to get rid of them.
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Avoiding insect bites while gardening in Kansas
December 03, 2015
I recently moved into Mission, Kansas(Johnson County). Every time I go do any yard work I get a couple of insect bite looking spots on body. They are somewhat painful and very itchy. One of them got i...
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Honeybees swarming around galls on oak trees
September 28, 2015
A large number of honeybees have descended on a live oak tree in my backyard. They appear to be feeding on the numerous galls on the tree as if they were flowers. What's going on?
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Georgia Monocots for Dodder Infested Location
September 02, 2015
I have a 12'x12' area where we planted carrots, and we got a surprise - dodder! Next year we planted corn - no dodder! This year we planted cosmos, and behold, we had dodder. I understand monocot...
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Webworm on Texas Mountain Laurel in Texas
September 02, 2015
I thought my mountain laurel had web worms and I sprayed for them. Now the plant looks like it still has the worms even though none are present. Also, I sprayed with a fungicide because some of the ...
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Question about a beetle eating bees
August 22, 2015
I have a beetle that is about index finger or pinkie fingernail size. I have a bee hive and it's eating the bees by injecting it with an inch long probe and sucking out the liquid of my bees.
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