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Don't Bug Me Webinar: Fire Ant Home Remedies - What Works, What Doesn't

This inaugural Don’t Bug Me webinar will provide answers on what works and what doesn’t work to control fire ants. Dani Carroll, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host this free webinar on Friday, February 1 at 1 p.m. Central time. Shawn Banks, an extension agent from North Carolina State University, will co-host the event.

To view the event navigate to this page in your web browser: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant

“Do a web search, and you will find lots of sites with home remedies for fire ant control,” says Carroll. “They are all over the internet. This webinar will help ordinary people learn what works and what doesn't.”

Carroll says that the webinar’s expert is Wizzie Brown, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist working in integrated pest management who will debunk some myths about dealing with fire ants.

Brown says she will begin by explaining basic fire ant biology.

“I plan to talk about “organic” and how it means different things to different people,” she says. “Then I will discuss what treatments work and those that do not work. People will learn about less toxic but effective techniques for fire ant management for home landscapes.”

Carroll explains that this webinar and all of the Don’t Bug Me Series webinars are specifically for average people who need answers they can use (http://www.extension.org/pages/66408/dont-bug-me-webinar-series-2013).

“This first webinar and the rest of the series will give people sound, research-based solutions for pests from some of the top experts in the nation,” she says.

The webinars are sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. They are coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice (http://www.extension.org/pages/62381/imported-fire-ants-community-page).

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