On June 8, the Environmental Protection Agency banned Dursban from virtually all household uses. But that doesn't mean the bugs will abound. A University of Georgia expert says many options remain.
"There are many nonchemical ways to maintain a healthy landscape," said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Braman will teach a workshop, "Backyard IPM (integrated pest management) and Beneficial Insects," on June 29 at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.
Braman will use slides and a walk through the Research & Education Garden to show how to identify beneficial insects and pests.
She will discuss ways to control pests. She'll look at using pest-resistant plants and proper planting, pruning, irrigation and fertilization. She'll show how and when to apply alternatives, too, such as oils, soaps and biological controls.
"A healthy landscape is like a healthy person," Braman said. "It's strong enough to resist stresses such as disease and pests."
The workshop will be June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stuckey Auditorium. To sign up, send a $5 check (payable to "University of Georgia") to Research & Education Garden, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223.
For directions and more information, call Susan Varlamoff at (770) 229-3367.
(Susan Varlamoff is director of the Office of Environmental Sciences of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)