Forsyth County Extension News June 2014

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Welcome to the last week of spring. As the longest day of 2014, Saturday, June 21 marks the beginning of summer.

This is also Pollinator Week.

POLLINATOR WEEK – National pollinator week is an annual event that brings attention to the important role that pollinators play in maintaining healthy biodiversity in our world – and a healthy variety of food in our diets! If you’re thinking of planting something new, consider planting something that feeds the bees, butterflies, and other vital pollinators. You can find a list of pollinator-friendly plants for Georgia gardens in Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for native pollinators.

INVASIVE FRUIT-DAMAGING FLY – Spotted Wing Drosophila is an Asian fruit fly that arrived in California in 2008 and progressed to Georgia two years later. It has now been reported in several Georgia counties, including four in north Georgia. While native fruit flies lay eggs on top of developing fruits, SWD females use a saw blade ovipositor to saw two holes into the top of berries and other soft fruits. They deposit eggs into the holes, and the larvae develop inside the fruit. SWD attack blueberries when the color begins to change. Click here for control recommendations and more information.

MILLIPEDE MIGRATION – Are you seeing dozens – or more – of brown, worm-like creatures marching across your floors every morning? These are millipedes making their annual spring migration. Apparently, coordinating two pairs of legs on each body segment is the limit of cognitive capacity for these creatures, so diverting around obstacles is out of the question. Once in motion, millipedes simply move forward, crawling up walls and through homes when they encounter openings. Sealing cracks, crevices, and spaces around doors and windows is the best way to keep them from invading your home. The good news is the march of the millipedes should end soon.