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Fall Flea Surge: Control Fleas Indoors and Outdoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Fleas are some of the most annoying biting pests known to man and pets. Knowing how to control fleas both indoors and outdoors will make life easier for humans and pets. Characteristics Fleas occur year-round but may go dormant during an extremely hot summer or cold winter. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said that ... Read More »

Protect Backyard Bees During Tropical Storms

AUBURN, Ala.—Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast tonight. Gordon could be a tropical storm or even a low end hurricane. In either event, backyard beekeepers may notice buzzing around the hive quiets down. Like other animals, bees sense changes in their environment. Dr. Geoffrey Williams, an assistant professor in the Auburn University College of ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Partners With Alabama State Parks

AUBURN, Ala. –Alabama Extension and the Alabama State Parks are partnering to educate the public about venomous snakes in Alabama. The state parks will distribute a card that identifies venomous snakes found in Alabama to visitors at the parks throughout the state. Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Cooperative Extension System director, said the goal of this partnership is to educate the people ... Read More »

Common Digging Pests In Yards

AUBURN, Ala. – Homeowners often find evidence of animals digging in their yards. Squirrels, chipmunks, armadillos and moles are often the culprits. An Extension specialist offers tips on controlling these animals from destroying yards. Identifying Pests Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, said the first rule of protecting a yard is identifying the animal. “Once you know which animal is causing ... Read More »

Bird Feeding Tips for the Backyard Birder

AUBURN, Ala.— More than 62 million Americans enjoy feeding birds and attracting them to their homes. Alabama has a diverse gathering of different species of birds, making bird feeding in the state a popular activity. In addition to the birds that call Alabama home, many migrants birds flock to the area to spend their winter. Bird feeders provide many hours ... Read More »

Which Bodies of Water Present an Elevated Health Hazard?

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama has many lakes, rivers and streams. This makes fishing a popular sport and recreational activity. Sometimes certain toxic chemicals find their way into some bodies of water. Fish in these areas may have levels of these chemicals in their system. The Alabama Department of Public Health publishes an annual fish consumption advisory booklet to inform people ... Read More »

Black Bears in Alabama

Black bears in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Black bears populate much of the Southeast. Alabama is no exception, and there have been more and more sightings of them within the state. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, sheds light on the current black bear population and what to do if you encounter one. “Black bears have always been native to the southeast. They ... Read More »

Pet Health Vaccinations: Also Important for Humans

AUBURN, Ala.—Making sure pets are up to date on all vaccinations is a big part of overall pet health. Vaccinating pets is important not only for the pet, but also for the owner. There are a number of diseases animals can contract if they are not up to date on vaccines. This puts the animal’s and owner’s health at risk. Check-ups ... Read More »

Watch Out For Snakes

AUBURN, Ala. – With warmer weather upon us, snakes and other wildlife are more active. It is not uncommon to run across a nonvenomous snake during the summer months. While venomous snakes are known as the bigger threat, nonvenomous snakes can still pose a health risk to people. They do not have venom to harm people, but a snake bite ... Read More »

Successful Food Plots Begin with Soil Testing

AUBURN, Ala. – Many hunters and outdoor enthusiasts plant food plots to help manage deer habitats. Today, more and more deer hunters implement warm and cool season food plots for a variety of purposes. When planting food plots, soil tests are crucial to a plot’s success. Extension professionals discuss the importance and the benefits of soil testing. Soil Testing is ... Read More »