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Extension workshop helps homeowners deal with pests

The Alabama Extension System will host a “Backyard Insect and Wildlife Workshop: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, September 28 at the Pike County Extension Office in Troy. The workshop is free and the public is invited.

Regional Extension Agents Bence Carter, Lucy Edwards and David Koon will facilitate the workshop that focuses on home pests, lawn and garden pests and managing wildlife for homeowners.

“Many homeowners battle insects and wildlife in their homes, gardens and backyards,
Edwards said. “Whether it’s the increasing number of ant hills, moles tunneling across the yard or worms in the vegetable garden, they are all considered pests in need of eradication.”

A cold winter season is thought to reduce the number of home and lawn pests. So, the 2016-2017 mild winter months are being blamed for what seems like a “bumper crop” of home and lawn pests.

But whatever the cause, Edwards said home owners are looking for ways to control the pest population, from fire ants and cockroaches to possums and deer.

Edwards will focus her presentation on home pests and Koon on lawn and garden insects.

“Those who attended these workshops always want to know how to get rid of cockroaches,” she said. “Although cockroaches prefer to live outside, when it gets hot outside or if they are looking for water, they will find a way inside.”

Edwards will introduce a bait that can be used on windowsills.

“It will not kill the roaches immediately so they can take it back and share it with their friends,” she said. “Bed bugs are much more common now. Probably because people are traveling more and carrying them from place to place.”

Carter will speak on the management of wildlife from squirrels to possums and raccoons. He will offer suggestions on how to keep deer out of the garden and raccoons out of the kitty’s bowl.

The Backyard Insects and Wildlife workshop will be interesting and informative and will have something of value for all who attend.

Pre-registration is greatly appreciated.

Space is limited so to ensure a spot, call 334-566-0985.