Horticulture Workshop Set for May 16

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A collage of a fire ant and a bee.Insects can be either problematic or beneficial in the landscape. The next in our series of quarterly home horticulture workshops features a presentation from Dr. Terri Billeisen with the Turfgrass Entomology Lab at NC State University. It will be held Tuesday, May 16 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the Auditorium of the Cleveland County Extension Center, located at 130 S. Post Road, Suite 1, Shelby, NC  28152.

The 2-hour workshop provides homeowners and pesticide applicators with important information about the red imported fire ant (introduction, movement, biology, mounds, scouting, management options) followed by a discussion on honeybees and other pollinators, their importance to production agriculture and home gardens, how insecticides affect them, and strategies to minimize the effects of pesticide applications.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Licensed pesticide applicators will receive 2 hours or recertification credits in Categories G, I, L, O, N, D & X.