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Learn how to take the fire out of fire ants on September 4

Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - Calls have been coming into Extension Centers across the piedmont area of North Carolina, including Chatham County, throughout the spring and summer about the fire ant mounds popping up.

In response, Chatham County’s Extension Agent Charlotte Glen and Extension Director Sam Groce will conduct a free program, Taking the Fire Out of Fire Ants, on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm at the Chatham Extension Center in Pittsboro.

Glen emphasizes that many products are available that can be used to manage fire ants, “but how those products are used is more important.”

Neither Glen nor Groce promise that fire ants can be eliminated. Their presentation will focus on understanding the life within a fire ant mound and using the ants’ habits to our advantage. They will present strategies recognized as effective for dealing with fire ant mounds along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The program will address fire ant control in lawns, parks, plant nurseries, farmland and pastures. Groce points out that very few products that can be used in pastures or forage crops, his area of expertise. “This is both a safety and a legal issue. It is a violation of federal law to use pesticides in a location not specified on the label.”

Come learn the most effective strategies for controlling fire ants and tips on how to live with them. Attendees will earn two hours of pesticide recertification credits in subclasses G, H, K, L, N, O, D and X will be available for certified pesticide applicators.

Interested residents should register in advance. Call 919-542-8202 or email

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