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“Protecting Your Loved Ones from Fire Ants” from the “Don’t Bug Me Webinar Series”. The webinar will begin at 1:00 pm central time on Friday, May 3rd . Here is a link to a promotional story about the webinar: http://www.extension.org/pages/67916/learn-how-to-protect-loved-ones-from-fire-ants
From Delta Farm Press
April is the ideal time to resume the annual war against red imported fire ants in Louisiana, according to experts in the LSU AgCenter.
One of the best tactics to attack the critters is through an area-wide, neighborhood baiting program, said AgCenter entomologist Linda Hooper-Buí.
From Southeast Farm Press
Amid all this heavy spring rainfall, fish pond owners not only should be mindful of flooding but also of the great balls of fire that often accompany flooded ponds.
While these fireballs are no harbinger of doom, they can bring painful stings and, based on some evidence, possibly fish kills.
At closer inspection, these balls are actually large masses of imported fire ants.
So why should you participate in these webinars? You can learn valuable information about avoiding pest problems from experts all over the U.S. Hope to “see” you there!
WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT – How to Control Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens, Around Ponds, and In Electrical Equipment – April 5, 1:00 PM Central Daylight time.
Vicky Bertagnolli, an Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator with Clemson University, and Dr. Bastiaan Drees, a Professor of Entomology with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are the presenters. The webinar is sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The webinar series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.
For more information, see –http://www.extension.org/pages/67548
On April 5, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar – https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant
Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars
Got ants? Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall? Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species. Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn.
From Delta Farm Press:
Red imported fire ant quarantines must still be heeded as out-of-state suppliers try to help out Arkansas livestock owners short on hay.
“Many producers from across the southeastern U.S. are offering hay for sale to help their colleagues in Arkansas,” said John Jennings, professor-forage, for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “However, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and most of Texas are in fire ant quarantined areas, which means hay suppliers have to use care to comply with USDA quarantines.”
Ants driving you crazy? If they are, there are two webinar opportunities to learn about ant management in May. The first is on Thursday, May 10 and is all about fire ants. The next is the following Thursday, May 17 and covers pharaoh, carpenter and odorous house ants. Join us and learn how to manage these pests before they become a problem this summer.
Frustrated trying to control fire ants? If so, join us for an online seminar, Fire Ant Control Made Easy, on Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT (10 to 11 a.m. CDT or 8 to 9 a.m. PDT) and brought to you by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.
Killing fire ants is actually easier than you think – if you understand how they live. This seminar will help you learn how to apply integrated pest management tactics that are as economical and environmentally friendly as possible. You’ll also learn about fire ant biological control agents such as the Pseudacteon phorid flies.
To participate, log in as “guest” at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant
If you have specific questions that you want us to address during the webinar, post them to the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Facebook page (Fire Ant Info).
Find more information on fire ants at http://www.extension.org/fire+ants or on Facebook (Fire Ant Info), Twitter (@FireAntInfo), or YouTube (eXfireants).
How Can You Tell if You Have Fire Ants? Dr. Jason Oliver, Tennessee State University
Understanding the Biology and Behavior of Fire Ants, Dr. Kathy Flanders, Auburn University
Managing Imported Fire Ants, Dr. Bastiaan Drees, Professor, Texas A&M University
Biological Control of Fire Ants, Dr. Lawrence Graham, Auburn University
The 33% discount for all IPM3 courses offered fall 2011 has been extended. The Fall Session runs from 3 October – 14 November 2011 (except for the IPM for Facility Managers course which runs through December 19). Visit http://www.umn.edu/ipm3 to register for any of the following courses at the discounted rate:
IPM Core Concepts Module: Discounted rate $250 (regularly $375)
Pest Biology – Weeds: Discounted rate $168 (regularly $250)
Pest Biology – Plant Diseases: Discounted rate $100 (regularly $150)
Invasive Species Specialty Module: Discounted rate $168 (regularly $250)
Imported Fire Ant IPM: Discounted rate $168 (regularly $250)
IPM for Facility Managers and Supervisors: Discounted rate $250 (regularly $375)
IPM3 is also pleased to announce that we now have a Spanish version of the Core Concepts Module. Specific dates for the course will be forthcoming. Let me know if this is of interest to you or your colleagues.
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