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Tips for getting rid of yellowjackets

...is that the yellow jackets seemed to get meaner as the summer progresses. I always wondered why, so I asked Dr. Beverly Sparks at the University of Georgia. She told me it's because food becomes scarcer later in the summer. I guess I'd...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/07/20/ent_319667.shtml
Things to Do
Gnats swarm southern Georgia

...of Albany, has grudgingly accepted them. The town hosts an annual Gnat Days Festival the first weekend of May. Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service in Athens, said gnats are worse in August and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/08/30/tec_269072.shtml
XXX Technology
Chinch bugs make an early appearance in area lawns

...populations build during the summer, but never in My 14 1/2 years in Augusta have I seen them do damage this early. Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of Georgia, attributes the early infestations to mild winter temperatures...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/06/04/ent_262894.shtml
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Blackfly increase causes annoyance

...plague of bloodsucking insects has laid siege to the region. "They bite and it's a fairly painful bite," said Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service in Athens. "They like to get around the hairline...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/06/30/met_232150.shtml
Metro
Experts predict explosion in area fire ant colonies

...This, combined with the survival of fertile female ants, will result in a larger population of the insects, said Beverly Sparks, head of Cooperative Extension at the University of Georgia. But warm weather is not the only factor affecting the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/09/met_222129.shtml
Metro
Solutions for grass mites

...specialists nationwide. A response came from Texas, saying that it looked like zoysia mites. About a month later, Beverly Sparks, our former extension entomologist, came to Augusta. A turf sample was given to her to take back to Athens. She...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/06/14/gar_343887.shtml
Gardening
Lizards not a threat to gardens, homes

...Department of Agriculture in Byron, Ga., has been working on a light trap for these beetles for several years. Dr. Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service, says she tested a prototype of the trap and found...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/11/03/ent_298292.shtml
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Stop plant fungus before it spreads

...The best pesticides for control are lindane or Dursban. Spray the trunk and lower limbs this spring. Scale Dr. Beverly Sparks, extension entomologist, said scale insects will increase in 2000 because the winter was mild. Monitor plants are...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/03/17/liv_284525.shtml
Life & style
Mosquitoes bugging residents

...bugs begin to multiply. What you need to do is look for these breeding sites and destroy the little buggers, said Beverly Sparks, an extension etymologist at the University of Georgia. Most mosquitoes are out in the early morning and the evening...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/05/29/met_229744.shtml
Metro
Bugged Out

...beetles from a USDA research center in Byron, Ga., has invented a soon-to-be-patented lady bug trap, said Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. "It's a light trap and the beetles fall into...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/03/19/met_205535.shtml
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