Duplin Extension Plans Program on Fire Ants and Other Ground Pests

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Has cold weather got you to thinking about up coming home lawn maintenance and planting a vegetable garden? Then come join the discussion on managing ground insect pests, Feb. 19, at Duplin County Cooperative Extension in Kenansville.

 The insect list includes the prolific and dangerous fire ant, as well as other less known ground pests, added Tom Hroza, Duplin County Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent. He noted that the program begins at 6 p.m., with NCSU researcher Peter T. Herti from the turfgrass entomology department discussing the challenges of insects that live in our soils.

“The home gardener can learn much from the research findings in turfgrass research that is useful as they plan, plant and harvest their vegetables crops,” Hroza said. And, this presentation will be useful to anyone who has problems with fire ants, he added.

 The presentation will focus primarily on two turf and landscape pests– ground pearls (scale insect) and fire ants. Scouting, identification and the importance of understanding pest biology before selecting an appropriate management strategy approach will be emphasized. The safe use of traditional and new insecticides will be presented, as well as the considerations necessary for selecting an environmentally sound approach will be discussed. New research and the proper techniques and timing for insecticide applications will be discussed. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

 Peter T. Hertl, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant in the Turfgrass Entomology Program at North Carolina State University. He has over 25 years of experience working with a wide variety of insects and other pests. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and seminars, and has published over 75 popular and peer-reviewed publications on various aspects of insect management. His presentations on landscape pest management focus on the importance of understanding pest biology and behavior.

 A one-hour pesticide continuing education credit (L, N, D, X) is approved for licensed individuals attending the presentation.

 Please RSVP for this workshop to allow for adequate supplies. Call the Wanda Hargrove at the Duplin Cooperative Extension office 910.296.2143 to register by Feb. 18, 2014.

For accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact: Wanda Hargrove or Emily Walter at 910.296.2143, no later than five business days before the event.

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Photo of Emily WalterEmily WalterCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (910) 296-2143 (Office) emily_walter@ncsu.eduDuplin County, North Carolina
Posted on Feb 4, 2014
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