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argentine ant 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.”

More information can be found at the Ants! Ants! Ants event page including how to connect to the webinar. On March 1, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar.

The webinar is sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The webinar series is 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 particular webinars.

Upcoming Webinars in the First Friday of the Month Spring Series


April 5:   You Have Fire Ants Where? Targeted fire ant management in sensitive and challenging areas including vegetable gardens, fish ponds, compost piles and electrical boxes. Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Willie Datcher.

May 3:   Protect Your Loved Ones From Fire Ants Learn safe, effective, research-based methods to protect your family and pets from fire ants. Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Charles Pinkston.

June 7: Get Rid of Those Bed Bugs Learn how bed bugs live and get sound, research-based advice on how to get rid of them. Hosted by ACES Regional Extension Agent Chris Becker.


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