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Attracting and Feeding Bluebirds

AUBURN, Ala. – Bluebirds are known to be beautiful singers and are popular among bird watchers. Year after year they build their nests in the yards of many Americans, providing a free, spring time concert. There are several things that homeowners can do to attract these birds so they can experience their beauty. Attracting Bluebirds Roosevelt Robinson, an Alabama Extension home grounds regional agent, ... Read More »

Beware of Ticks When Outdoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Spending time outdoors during the warmer days of the year can be fun for all ages. However, outdoors pests, such as ticks, can put a damper on these outdoors activities. Ticks are abundant and aggressive in many places across the county. They can transmit diseases such as lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and alpha-gal (red meat) allergy. ... Read More »

Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring time brings warmer weather and blooming plants, but it also bring spring pests. Whether it is in the garden or at home, people needs to know how to deal with these pests. “Just as spring weather conditions change considerably from year to year, so can the time to take action against certain insects,” said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, ... Read More »

SmartMap Workshop Registration Now Open

AUBURN, Ala.—Calling all forest managers and outdoor aficionados! Registration is now open for SmartMap, a hands-on introductory workshop, providing training for use of smart devices (smart phone and tablets) and UAVs in forest and land management. What to Expect at a SmartMap Workshop Dr. Beau Brodbeck, an Alabama Extension regional agent of forestry and wildlife management, said a variety of ... Read More »

Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »

Repurpose your live Christmas tree after the holidays

AUBURN, Alabama — What will you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays? At the end of the Christmas season when all of the decorations are packed away, you have to find something to do with the live Christmas tree.  The best way to get rid of the tree is to recycle it. Christmas trees are not a major landfill ... Read More »

December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

AUBURN, Ala. — Chinese privet is commonly found as an ornamental throughout the southeastern United States, but it is an invasive species in the region’s woodlands. December is an optimal time to control Chinese privet. At this time, hardwoods are dormant and will avoid injury from herbicides. Chinese privet is a single to multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that ... Read More »

Insect Pests Want ‘In’

AUBURN, Ala.—Social media outlets detail stories of lady beetles invading homes through cracks, crevices and doors during the fall. These insect pests aren’t the only ones seeking warmer shelter during the cooler months. Stinkbugs and kudzu bugs are also likely to be found in homes as the weather begins to change. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Xing Ping Hu ... Read More »

Keep Pets Safe in Winter Storm

AUBURN, Alabama—Most Alabama residents are not accustomed to blustering winds and icy weather. Preparations for a winter storm include stocking the pantry and winterizing vehicles, but don’t forget provisions for the four-legged members of the family. As wintery weather moves into the state, preparing a warm, dry shelter for pets should be a priority. Robert Spencer, an Alabama Extension animal ... Read More »

La Niña May Bring Unseasonably Warm Winter Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.—The El Niño weather event of 2015-2016 brought drought and other agricultural hardships to the southern United States. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System scientist, said a La Nina phase is on the horizon. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a driving force in southeastern climate variability. Periodic warming and cooling of the eastern Pacific Ocean ... Read More »