Friday, August 30, 2013

Become a Beekeeper!

Its all over the news - bees are dying, disappearing and in general stress.  If you have ever thought of keeping bees, I will be hosting a Beekeeping Basics Program, Oct 11 & 12th.  This is a unique program in which you will learn the basics and get into an actual hive, put on a suit and see what its like to deal with bees.  If anything, its an excellent experience!

We are filling up quickly - if you are interested contact me at to see if we still have room or for a registration form.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Don't Bug Me Webinar: Fall is a Great Time to Treat for Fire Ants.

Be sure to check out my webinar on treating for fire ants in the fall!  I will cover the basics of baiting, why  baits work best, why baits are environmentally friendly, and how to properly bait for fire ants in your yard:

The Don’t Bug Me webinar series returns this fall.  Dr. Kathy Flanders, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says fall is an important time of year to deal with fire ants and other insect pests.
“People need to understand that managing insect pests is not a once and done effort,” says Flanders.  “Often, effective management requires regular treatments at specific times of the year.”
The first webinar in the fall series will highlight using baits to control fire ants.  It will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. 
Sallie Lee, a regional Extension home grounds agent, says that fall is a good time to control fire ants using baits.
“A bait is an insecticide that insects sense as food,” says Lee.  “In the case of ants, workers find the bait and carry it back to the colony, where it is fed to the larvae, workers and queens.”
Lee says that the webinar’s expert is Molly Keck, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist working in integrated pest management.
Keck says her goal is for webinar viewers to learn how to select and properly use baits.
“Most fire ant baits work well when applied according to the label,” she says.  “The key to using baits is patience.”
She adds that fire ant workers pick up the bait and carry it to their mound.  Because the active ingredient is relatively slow acting, there is ample time for the material to be fed to the queen.
Lee explains that this webinar and all of the Don’t Bug Me Series webinars are specifically for people who need answers they can use.
“This series gives people sound, research-based solutions for pests from experts,” she says.
More information can be found at Fall a Good Time to Control Fire Ants with Bait including how to connect to the webinar.  On Sept.  4, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar.
The Don’t Bug Me Webinar Series, which began earlier this year, included five webinars discussing fire ants, tramp ants and bed bugs.  Links to view these archived webinars can be found here.
The webinars are sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  They are coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice
As upcoming webinars approach, watch eXtension’s Don’t be Bugged Webinar Series page for more information on that particular webinar.

Upcoming Webinars in the First Wednesday of the Month Fall Series
September 4, 2013
Fall - A Good Time to Control Fire Ants with Bait
Presented by Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist, IPM
Moderated by Sallie Lee, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Urban Regional Extension Agent

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