Bed bug sightings have been on the rise in the United States recently. Infestations of this pest had been declining during the mid-20th century, but many countries are now experiencing large bed bug increases. Their numbers have been on the rise in Europe for several years, and scientists contribute the global economy and ease of world travel for recent infestations. Bed bugs are also beginning to show signs of resistance to insecticides used in their ...
I made a promise to myself about four years ago, that if I ever ran across another piggie, I was going to get it. As a backup Piggie, I told myself, after the original Piggie had gone missing once for about a month.
I spent years working in various parts of Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
There is just something about the musty smell of an antique store, seeing the various displays of well-loved, weathered and possibly highly valuable items that were once someone's prized possessions.
The flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida, is a popular species of tree in home landscapes all over Georgia. It is native to the southeastern United States and is well adapted for many landscape locations.
As you browse the shelves of your local garden supply center, you will often see bottles and jugs of pest control products labeled "oil."
Growing up in the '80s meant I had the fashion horrors of Reebok hightops with leggings and torn sweatshirts to make me look like Jennifer Beals in 'Flashdance.'
I have answered many calls at the extension office in the past few weeks dealing with weed control in home lawns.
"I don't like change," Cole said solemnly one day. "I'm like a cat that way." No, he doesn't like change; I really don't either. Not too many people I know do like change, but change is inevitable. And change is a-coming. When he walks out of his school - the school he has attended since kindergarten - this Friday, he won't be returning in the fall. Third grade will be in a different and new ...
"Mama, do you like cats?" Cole asked one day. This was shortly after I had brought the latest puppy home a few weeks ago.
I have had several cases within the past year of people coming into my office, handing me a plastic baggy or jar filled with small, winged insects and saying: "Tell me those are flying ants!" Unfortunately, more often than not, they turn out to be termite flyers.
Everyone has disappointments. It's a part of life and sometimes those disappointments can offer us many learning experiences.
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone being late. So why I am constantly late getting my child to school, I have no idea.
Azaleas are a staple of traditional southern landscapes. They are prized for their graceful form and showy flower displays. They are also known for the variety of colors and bloom types available. There are several-hundred registered azalea varieties, and hobbyist hybridizers have created many more in their own gardens. You can find an azalea bloom in just about any color imaginable. There are many different types of azaleas: Evergreen, deciduous, native and non-native, just to ...
Spring is a beautiful time of year. Longer days, green grass and leaves reappearing on the trees really brighten up my mood.
It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.
It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.
Two things always made Granny happy: Cooking and being in the hospital.
I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.
When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.
Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.
I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.
One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach. I have learned to appreciate most insects, but cockroaches still give me the creeps. In nature, they are important decomposers. They are attracted to our homes in search of food, moisture and shelter.
Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of north Georgia.
Mama, for the most part, has always been right about just about everything. Don't dare tell her that, or I will never hear the end of it.
"Mama, do you believe in ghosts?"
Driving around Dawson and Lumpkin counties recently, I couldn't help but notice the unusual amount of dead squirrels lying all over the road. It seems like I can't drive a mile without seeing a "road kill" squirrel or having one dart into my path, pause, jump and shoot off in another direction. We have received many calls at the extension office from folks who have lived here their entire lives and can't remember seeing anything like this before.
No one likes a bully. But bullies have been around forever.
One of nature's greatest spectacles is the array of colors presented during autumn in the mountains.
Happy is such an intangible. You hear catch phrases regarding happiness daily - "happiness is a choice," "do what makes you happy," "you can't buy happiness."
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