Fall for fire ant control

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhen you think of fire ants in the fall, “vulnerable” isn’t the first word that pops into your mind. But it should be.If Dan Suiter, a Cooperative Extension entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, could treat fire ants only once a year, he says he’d do it in the fall.Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall, he said, for four main reasons.First, they’re more active. That makes it easier to treat them with fire ant baits.”You can use fire ant baits any time of the year,” Suiter said. “But they’re most effective when the ants are actively foraging for food.”Fire ants are most active in spring and fall, when daytime temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees, he said. Actively foraging ants will pick up a bait and carry it into the nest within minutes. If the ants are inactive, the bait may no longer appeal to the ants by the time they find it.Second, in the cooler weather of fall, fire ants aren’t too deep in the ground. That makes them easier to kill with a mound-drench, granular, dust or aerosol contact insecticide.When you use those products, Suiter said, it’s critical to treat when the queen and brood are close to the surface.Third, in the fall, you’re treating when many fire ant colonies are very young.Fire ants mate all during the year, Suiter said, but they’re most actively mating in the spring. Mated queens fly off and establish new colonies. By fall, these colonies are well-established but still very small.”Quite often, you don’t even know they’re there,” he said. “But if you don’t treat them, they’ll become the big mounds you see next year.”How do you treat them if you don’t know where they are? Broadcast a fire ant bait.That’s the first step in the ongoing program Suiter recommends for fire ant control. Use a fresh bait, he said, and apply it by the label directions. Then treat individual problem mounds with an approved contact product. The final step is simply to repeat the first step once or twice a year.Fourth, and the one thing that makes fall the single best time to treat fire ants, Suiter said, is that it’s followed by winter.Extreme cold is tough on fire ants, he said. That makes baits even more effective in the fall. Baits take a long time to work. They weaken colonies and make them less able to respond to the challenges of winter weather.The young colonies are especially vulnerable, he said, because they don’t have many workers. So they can’t respond very quickly to the need to escape freezing temperatures.The networked tunnels of a fire ant mound are constantly collapsing, Suiter said. Moving deeper into the ground requires a lot of work. Anything you can do to reduce the number of ants available to gather food and maintain the mound structure makes the colony less able to survive winter weather.”Winter is an ally in controlling fire ants,” Suiter said. “Reducing their numbers in the fall can help push them over the edge in the winter.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Top five practices holding your credit union back

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This much is certain: online and mobile banking are driving transactions out of the branch, pushing financial institutions deep into the digital ecosystem where other technology-centric companies — like Apple, Google and a number of Silicon Valley fintech startups — are playing an ever-increasing role in the financial lives of consumers.A significant portion of consumers — including Millennials — are not completely satisfied interacting with their financial institution only through digital channels. When they need more complex financial advice, they head to branches for face-to-face interactions. However, many institutions still haven’t transformed their branch network to maximize these more complex interactions. They need to make a major shift in retail delivery from the historical deposit-centric focus to a more sales-centric model.All too often the “old way of doing things” prevents change and thwarts progress, especially at institutions with decades of success under the traditional branch model. In that context, this article will review five obsolete practices that are holding the performance of bank and credit union branches back. continue reading »last_img read more

Airports continue to grow. 6% growth in May

first_imgIn May 2019, Croatian airports recorded 1.116 thousand passengers or 6,9% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The largest passenger traffic was realized by Dubrovnik Airport with 313 thousand passengers (an increase of 8,0% compared to May 2018), followed by Zagreb Airport with 309 thousand passengers (an increase of 3,2% compared to May 2018) and Split Airport with 308 thousand passengers (an increase of 2,3% compared to May 2018). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in May 2019 was 12, which is an increase of 832% compared to May 2018.center_img The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 256 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 10,1% compared to the same period last year.last_img read more

Tallest City tower tempts high-powered tenants

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UWP pleads not guilty to demonstrating without permission

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Opposition Leader Hon. Hector John. Photo credit: uwpdm.comFive members of the United Workers Party (UWP) have pleaded not guilty to demonstrating outside the House of Assembly last year, without permission of the Police Commissioner.The party’s Deputy Leader Claudius Sanford, Opposition Leader Hector John, U.W.P President Edison James, Norris Charles and Ezekiel Bazil appeared in court Thursday morning, before magistrate Evelina Baptiste.When they assembled outside Parliament building on November 29 2010, the UWP contended Alix Boyd-Knights, Speaker of the House of Assembly, was “blocking” its questions from being heard in parliament.In February, then Deputy police chief Cyril Carrette disclosed police had charged UWP members for violating the Public Order Act.The UWP members, who came before the court Thursday, pleaded not guilty to abetting demonstration and procession without permission from the Police Commissioner and to organizing demonstration without permission from the Police Commissioner. They are to reappear in court on November 11 2011 for trial.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews UWP pleads not guilty to demonstrating without permission by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more

WV’s first robotics training center opens in NegOcc

first_imgStarting next week, four batches ofstudents from the province’s third district will attend the Robotics for Kidstraining. The NOLITC, through the roboticstraining center, will provide a space for innovators and leaders to converttheir curiosity into creativity and make tinkering possible to generateproducts from ideas. According to NOLITC head Ma. CristinaOrbecido, the provincial government allocated P1.5 million to purchase the equipmentfor the robotics hub that include 15 robots and 13 laptop units. The move established the province as thehost of the first robotics training center in Western Visayas, and the firstlocal government in the country to support a learning center for robotics. “We will train teachers and students.Our aim is to be able to send Negrense students to national and internationalrobotics competitions,” she said. Negros Occidental Gov. Jose Eugenio Lacson (center) with other officials during the launch of the Robotics and Intelligence Machines Program in Bacolod City on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019). The program aims to hone the fundamental skills of young Negrenses in the emerging fields of automation, instrumentation and robotics industry. PNA He added the NOLITC training andworkshops will augment the learning of students and make teachers as“champions” of robotics. Through the Negrense Robotics andIntelligence Machines Program, the fundamental skills of young Negrensetrainees will be honed in the emerging fields of automation, instrumentationand robotics industry. “I consider today as a good day for NegrosOccidental for we start advancing ways to empower and enable our people throughNegrense Robotics,” Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said. BACOLOD City – The government-run Negros Occidental Language andInformation Technology Center (NOLITC) has launched the Negrense Robotics andIntelligence Machines Program as part of its innovative course offerings forNegrenses. “I have yet to find someone from Region6, or from Negros (who was) with me in an international contest. That’s why wewent down to Visayas and Mindanao because the medalists are all in Luzon. Nonefrom Region 6. I would like to see that happen,” Matulac said. The NOLITC has partnered with PinoyRobot Games headed by founder Melvin Matulac for the conduct of training forteachers and students. In 2020, the Negrense Robotics Workshopswill be launched to include On-site Robotic Training and TeachersTraining. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Onomah agrees Fulham contract extension

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Midfielder Josh Onomah has extended his contract with Fulham until the summer of 2023, the club have confirmed.The Club also has an option to extend the deal by a further year. After signing, Onomah said: “I’m delighted. It’s always been my dream to play in the Prem properly, and I feel like I have the chance to do that here at Fulham.“Thankfully I’ve been offered a new contract which is amazing, especially after the season we had. It shows the faith and trust that the Club has in me, and that’s what you need as a player.“From the first minute I walked in I felt the love from the players, staff, fans, everyone involved with Fulham Football Club. I’m just going to keep going, this is just the start.”Tags: FulhamJosh OnomahPremier Leaguelast_img read more

ICC World Cup Australia call-up Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh as injury ravages team in World Cup 2019

first_imghighlights Australia holds a 6-2 advantage against England in World Cups.Australia has not lost to England in World Cups since 1992.Australia lost to South Africa for the first time since 1992 in World Cups. New Delhi: Australia’s injury woes have mounted in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during their final league game against South Africa in Old Trafford. Marcus Stoinis, who had missed some matches in the tournament due to injury, suffered a recurrence of an injury. Australia also suffered a jolt when Usman Khawaja suffered a hamstring injury while trying to take a single in Australia’s chase of 326. Although the left-hander returned, Khawaja was in considerable discomfort and the five-time world champions ended up losing to the Proteas by 10 runs. Looking at the injury situation, Australia has called up Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh in the squad.”Australia A arrived at Arundel for today’s (Sunday’s) four-day clash with Sussex short two players after wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were called up as a cover to Australia’s World Cup squad. The injury setbacks to Usman Khawaja (hamstring) and Marcus Stoinis (side) suffered in Australia’s dramatic loss to South Africa in Manchester has seen the selectors draft in Wade and Marsh. They left Brighton this morning for Birmingham, the destination of Australia’s blockbuster semi-final show with tournament hosts England on Thursday. Both Khawaja and Stoinis are set to undergo scans today before their future in the World Cup is determined, with both players still officially a part of Australia’s 15-man Cup squad at this stage. However, it appears Khawaja’s hamstring injury looks likely to rule the left-hander out for the rest of Australia’s campaign,” a Cricket Australia statement read.Marsh links up with the group for a second time as cover for Stoinis, who missed Australia’s wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka before returning against Bangladesh. Both Khawaja and Stoinis will undergo scans on their injuries but, in the meantime, Wade and Marsh will leave Australia A group currently in Sussex, southern England. Australia captain Aaron Finch admitted Khawaja was unlikely to recover in time for the rest of the tournament when he spoke after the South Africa defeat — a result that cost his side first place in the 10-team group stage.Australia will take on England in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on July 11. In the league stages, Australia had beaten England by 64 runs in Lord’s thanks to a century from Aaron Finch and a brilliant five-wicket haul from Jason Behrendroff. After the World Cup, Australia will play five Tests against England as part of the Ashes contests which will be part of the new ICC Test championship.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Strauss open to four-day Test cricket, as sport battles declining audiences

first_imgWITH Test audiences declining around the world, reducing the length of matches has been discussed at a high level among governing bodies, and Andrew Strauss, the England Director of Cricket believes the idea has merit.Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, floated the possibility of four-day Tests soon after taking office in 2015. Strauss’ comments come as Twenty20 cricket grows in influence, with the ECB expected to launch an eight-team, city-based competition featuring new teams in 2020.Asked about Test cricket’s future, Strauss , the former England Test opener said: “I genuinely believe that every game of international cricket you play should have some sort of meaning.“A World Test Championship and a World One-Day League would be really important opportunities.“We are not quite there yet but we are making some progress, and I wouldn’t rule out the idea of four-day Test cricket, either.“If we can get the playing conditions right, in the right circumstances, it might be a good thing in certain parts of the world. I am not necessarily saying it would happen in this country, but we can’t ‘love Test cricket to death’.“We have to think about how that format remains relevant in an era when the white ball, and certainly Twenty20 is taking over.”England’s director of cricket added on Sky Sports: “The game can work over three forms but you have to limit volume of each. Teams want to play as much cricket as they can, so we need a programme that is compelling.”last_img read more

Early registration for Caribbean Invasion begins

first_imgDRAGSTERS desirous of signing up for the Caribbean Invasion drag race meet, set for October 1 at the South Dakota Circuit can begin registering from today.Officials of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club(GMR&SC) have indicated that this is to facilitate the entry of competitors into the timing system.“GMR&SC has officially opened the registration process for vehicles desirous of being involved in the Caribbean Invasion drag race meet,” the official said.“Persons or teams can pick up their entry forms and other documents at the club’s Thomas Lands office during normal working hours.”Meanwhile local competitors are reminded of a mandatory meeting on September 25 at the Club to outline rules and regulations for the event.Organisers are likely to underscore the importance of proper safety gear and a ban on slippers/flip-flops for racers on the day.last_img read more