Master Gardeners are used to fielding a wide variety of questions. I worked our Home Garden Helpline several weeks ago and almost all of the questions I answered were related to fire ants. My fellow Master Gardener was happy to let me answer all these questions. As we were finishing our shift, she confided that she just didn’t feel confident in answering questions on fire ants and other insects.
I expect the she is not the only Master Gardener who worries that her knowledge on fire ants isn’t comprehensive enough to answer consumer questions. But there is an excellent opportunity to learn more about managing imported fire ants.
May 10 Online Seminar: Fire Ant Control Made Easy
An online seminar, Fire Ant Control Made Easy, will be 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). The webinar is 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 use 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. Phorid flies are also known as decapitating flies.
It’s very simple to participate in the webinar. Follow this link and log in as “guest.” If you have specific questions that you want answered to during the webinar, post them to the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Facebook page .
The Imported Fire Ant Community of Practice also has gathered some great information and resources in one place for Master Gardeners. You can find that information here. You can also find more information on fire ants at http://www.extension.org/fire_ants or on Facebook (Fire Ant Info), Twitter (FireAntInfo), and YouTube (eXfireants).