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High winds uprooted a large oak tree on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph as of Monday, Sept. 5. It’s moving west-northwest on its present track, but longer-term models project that it will make a sharp turn to the north later this week, which could threaten parts of the Southeast, including Georgia.
Pecan orchard damaged in Screven County. CAES News
Emergency Preparedness
As Atlantic hurricane season peaks, Georgians may be uncertain about how to prepare for an emergency. The state may not be directly affected by a hurricane, floods or high winds from a storm this year, but it’s always good to be prepared. September is National Preparedness Month, and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency have resources available to help Georgians prepare for an emergency.
While many of Georgia's 63 species of mosquito thrive in wet weather, southern house mosquitoes — which transmit West Nile virus — prefer dry or even drought conditions. CAES News
Mosquito Precautions
School is back in session in many Georgia systems. It may seem like summer is coming to a close, but peak summer mosquito season is just starting.
Cindee Sweda is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Spalding County, Georgia. CAES News
Spalding FACS Agent
For the past 20 years, Spalding County has been without a University of Georgia Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent. Sweda filled that gap last December when she joined the local Extension staff. Wade Hutcheson, coordinator of the Spalding County Extension office, said the position was eliminated during a time period when the state was undergoing drastic budget cuts.
When eliminating fleas, you must treat both your pet and your pet's environment, including its house and bedding. CAES News
Flea Control
If you own a pet, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas in some form or fashion. Unfortunately, our yards are fleas’ resorts, and they consider our pets to be their own personal valets and moving diners. Even wild animals can become a traveling flea circus.
Pamela Turner, UGA Extension housing specialist, serves on the boards of the Georgia Healthy Home Coalition and the Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Board, both of which worked with Gov. Nathan Deal to proclaim June Healthy Homes Month. CAES News
Healthy Homes Month
Georgia homeowners have the information that they need to make sure their houses are safe and healthy thanks to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Rural Georgia Healthy Homes Advisory Board. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated June as National Healthy Homes Month to encourage homeowners to inspect their homes for hidden hazards, like mold, radon and lead.
The lone star tick is the most common tick in Georgia and is active between early spring and late fall. CAES News
Avoiding Ticks
The risk of serious illness from a tick bite is low in Georgia, but there’s no reason to give them a free meal.
Pesticide use is critical in controlling pests like thrips, whiteflies, aphids and beet armyworms. CAES News
Pesticide Training Changes
The way UGA Extension offers trainings, exams and continuing education classes for pesticide applicators’ license renewals will change in the coming months. This change will ensure that UGA Extension can continue to provide pesticide safety education throughout the state, while staying in line with changes mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
University of Georgia Extension experts say that you should wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm soap and water to effectively clean them. Hand sanitizer is not a replacement for hand-washing. Sanitizer can be used in the event that soap and water are not available, but soap and water are always the best choice for hand-washing. CAES News
Fight the Flu
Cold, flu, bronchitis and other viruses have affected a number of Georgians this winter. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers a few tips to help beat the bugs this flu season and keep your family flu-free.