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July/August Wildlife Tips

(More tips from HGIC) Ruby-throated hummingbirds continue to visit flowers and nectar feeders. Keep feeders clean and change nectar solution frequently during hot weather to prevent contamination. Keep bird feeders and baths cleaned and replenished. Change water frequently to avoid mosquitoes...

October, November, & December Wildlife Tips

Eastern gray squirrel. Photo from USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station Archive, USDA Forest Service, SRS, Bugwood.org (More tips from HGIC) Occurrences Squirrels are busy gathering nuts of oaks, hickories, and beech for the winter. They eat what they need and store the rest. Gray squirrels...

June Wildlife Tips

(More tips from HGIC) This is snake mating season, their most active time of year. Snakes are beneficial creatures and should not be harmed. The most likely encountered large snake is the black rat snake. It can grow to be about 5 feet long and is found in both rural and suburban areas. Snakes in...

March Wildlife Tips

Spring peeper. Photo courtesy of David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org (More tips from HGIC) Occurrences: Those delightful peeping sounds you may be hearing in your neighborhood are spring peepers, a very tiny frog (photo above) that lays its eggs in marshes, ponds and slow-moving...

January & February Wildlife Tips

Raccoons ( Procyon lotor ) can be identified by the dark face mask and ringed tail. Photo courtesy of Bob Gress. IDNR image library and Univ. of Illinois Extension (More tips from HGIC) As food becomes scarce during cold weather, skunks, fox, coyotes, opossum, raccoons, and other wildlife will come...

December Tree and Shrub Tips

Norway spruce. Photo: Robert Videki, Univ. of GA, Bugwood.org (More tips from HGIC) In a “normal” year in our region we do not get much ice or snow in December but if we do, try to prevent it from building up on gutters and eaves above shrubs. Heavy snow and ice loads can break branches. Using an...

November Tree and Shrub Tips

Poison ivy leaves are red, orange and yellow in the Fall. Photo: Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org . (More tips from HGIC) Continue to watch out for poison ivy . Do not handle the hairy poison ivy vines wrapped around trees. This is a good time to sever poison ivy vines at ground...

October Tree and Shrub Tips

< Powdery mildew on dogwood turns leaves purple. Photo: D. Clement, UME (More tips from HGIC) The dryness and heat of the summer had an effect on many trees in our area in landscapes and in the wild. Prolonged heat and drought will cause premature fall leaf drop with many tree species, and their...

September Tree & Shrub Tips

(More tips from HGIC) Poison ivy leaves will begin to turn red this month. Don’t be fooled by their color change, the leaves are still very irritating. Do not handle or shred the leaves and do not burn the vines. To control poison ivy, spray with a systemic herbicide like glyphosate or triclopyr...

August Tree and Shrub Tips

(More tips from HGIC) Fall webworm (photo above) is a late summer pest is a 1-2 inch long hairy caterpillar that creates large tent-like nests on the ends of branches of various shade trees and shrubs. It is unsightly but causes little damage. They can be left alone or knocked out of the tree with...

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