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Don't Bug Me Webinar: Ants! Ants! Ants!

The second Don’t Bug Me webinar set for Friday, March 1 discusses tramp ant species such as tawny crazy ants and Argentine ants. Bethany O’Rear, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will host the free webinar set for 1 p.m. Central time.

O’Rear says these ants don't sting, but they cause problems.

“Their large colonies are definitely annoying,” says O’Rear. “You can learn how these ants live and how to control them.“

O’Rear says that the webinar’s expert is Dr. Paul Nester, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist working in integrated pest management.

Nester will discuss identifying characteristics of some of these so called tramp ants.

“Tramp ant describes various ant species that are good at hitchhiking in nursery plants and freight,” he says. “They are often very good at colonizing new places.”

O’Rear explains that this webinar series is specifically for average people who need answers they can use.

“We want to give people sound, research-based solutions for pests,” she says. “Webinars allow us to bring in experts from across the nation.”

This webinar is part of the 2013 Don't Bug Me Webinar Series, brought to you by eXtension and its participating Cooperative Extension Institutions. The series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice. See

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