Managing Fire Ants Workshop

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Fire ants have arrived in Burke County and have set up housekeeping in area lawns, pastures, fields and roadsides. Scattered fire ant mounds have been around for a while now but this summer has seen a terrific explosion in their numbers and mounds are springing up at a rapid rate in all parts of the county.

While we hate to see them here, we can learn to manage them and live with their presence without the interruption of outside activities. Most southern states and parts of NC have been dealing with these issues for many years and we can learn from their endeavors and achieve successful control in our own home landscapes, pastures and fields.

On Thursday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m., N.C. Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop on managing fire ants. The workshop will be held at the Burke County Agricultural Building located at 130 Ammons Dr. in Morganton. Extension agents, Donna Teasley and Damon Pollard will talk about how to best control these insects, both in the home environment and in pastures and fields. This program is free but pre-registration is appreciated and can be done by calling 828-764-9480.