Does Swatting Keep Mosquitoes Away?

It sure does! Even if you miss, swatting may keep mosquitoes from biting you… but only for a little while. In fact, researchers say mosquitoes learned to avoid “threatening situations” after just 15 minutes and could remember what they learned for 24 hours.  But do you want to constantly wave your arms around to avoid those painful, itchy bites? While…

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Enjoy the Outdoors More with Mosquito Reduction Treatments

Ready to enjoy the warm outdoors without pesky mosquitos?  Last year, we were very lucky that the Zika outbreak in Florida did not migrate into Georgia.  However, scientists at University of Georgia recently revealed that more mosquitos in Georgia are capable of spreading the virus than originally thought.    Most scientists – including those at the CDC – believe Zika…

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What’s eating your plants?

Have you ever stared at your garden and wondered, “What’s eating my plants??” Unfortunately, the downside of Georgia’s wonderful ecosystem is the number of critters that view your landscape as a buffet.  Here are some handy tips on identifying what might be chewing on your landscape, and how to prevent further damage. First, look for evidence When you’re inspecting the…

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How to Attract the RIGHT Wildlife to Your Landscape

Like it or not, you’re not the only one living at your address. From songbirds to snakes, landscapes are also home to a variety of local wildlife.  Here are tips to ensure you’re attracting the right kind of wildlife into your surroundings – and discouraging the kind that may be harmful. How to Attract Birds You can create a…

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Common Pests and Popular Trees, Plants in Georgia

The best defense is a good offense when it comes to landscape pests. According to UGA’s Extension, an effective pest control program begins with proper plant selection.  When creating a new landscape design, or when you are replacing plants in your existing landscape, it is a great opportunity to select plants that are less prone to insect problems. While…

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When Armyworms Appear in Georgia

The end of summer means back to school, a break from hot weather on the horizon… and the occasional emergence of Armyworms here in Georgia.  Armyworms cannot survive freezing temperatures, and migrate from north to south in the late Summer and early Fall. The amount of rainfall and wind can affect Armyworm migration and reproduction, and the size of…

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What You Need to Know about Ground Bees

Do you see bees flying near holes and little mounds of soil in your lawn?  Living up to their descriptive name, this time of year ground bees (also known as digger bees) make their nests by digging little holes in the ground and piling up the excavated dirt nearby.  The good news is that ground bees are generally non-aggressive,…

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A Proactive Approach to Harmful Spring Insects

The weather can be a roller coaster this time of year, but the rain and slightly warmer temperatures means your Handy Andy Outdoors team is starting our proactive insect inspections.  If we do find the types of harmful bugs that may emerge this time of year, clients with our Tree and Shrub Care Program can rest assured that we…

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