Fire ant control

first_imgFire ants can ruin picnics and football games. Treating fire ant colonies in the fall can help edge out future colonies, lessening the likelihood they’ll steal your chips or nip at your toes.“Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size,” said Dan Suiter, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Attacking those colonies now will help next spring when they start to swarm again.” 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 bait and carry it into the nest within the first hour or two. If the ants are inactive, the bait may not 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 year long, but they’re most actively mating in the spring, he said. Mated queens fly away and establish new colonies. By fall, these colonies are well-established but still fairly 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 for fire ants if you don’t know where they are?Broadcasting fire ant bait is the first step in the ongoing program Suiter recommends. Use fresh bait, he said, and apply it using the label directions. Never apply bait using a speader that’s been used to spread fertilizer. Fertilizer can contaminate the smell of the bait. Use only a new spreader, dedicated only to the use of spreading fire ant bait.Treat individual problem mounds with an approved contact product. Be sure to follow directions carefully. Misuse of pesticides, like fire ant control products, is a violation of federal law.“A lot of misuse comes from homeowners who think that what they put out isn’t strong enough to kill the ants,” he said. “But many of the chemicals are pretty much the same as professional chemicals.”Homeowner misuse of insecticides has resulted in some active ingredients, like bifenthrin, showing up at unacceptable levels in lakes and streams.“It’s a granular insecticide put on people’s yards,” Suiter said. “With overuse, particularly by homeowners who think more is better, it’s winding up in lakes and streams.”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. This 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.Young colonies are especially vulnerable, Suiter 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.”last_img read more

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NFF Bans Salisu Yusuf from Football-related Activities for One Year

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Committee on Ethics and Fair Play has banned Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Salisu Yusuf from all football-related activities for one year with immediate effect.The four-man committee’s decision was announced in a statement by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications in Abuja Wednesday.Members of the committee were Malam Nuhu Ribadu (Chairman), Mainasara Illo, Rev. Justin Okoroji and Mr Joshua Onoja (Secretary). Olajire also said that the coach had been directed to pay $5,000 as a fine to NFF within three months.According to him, this decision was sequel to a complaint forwarded by the NFF as well as the coach’s defence against a documentary in which he was seen accepting $1,000 from an undercover reporter disguising as a player’s agent.Olajire said that the Ribadu-led committee made the following submissions:“Established from the admission of Coach Yusuf and also found as a fact from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted the cash gift of $1,000 offered by Tigers Player’s Agency, an undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, for their inclusion in the list of players for 2018 CHAN competition in Morocco.“The committee found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of Coach Yusuf but a conscious and deliberate decision to have accepted the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent/undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, even though the evidence before the committee did not establish that his conduct influenced the choice of the two players.“That the two players could have made the team to 2018 CHAN competition in Morocco on the basis of their talent and performance.“That Coach Yusuf did not accept the offer of 15 per cent of the anticipated transfer fees of the said players, as there was no follow-up action on the promise.“That the act of the coach, which was widely published on the British Broadcasting Corporation, has a damaging effect on the reputation and integrity of Nigerian football, as he ought to have conducted himself more professionally in line with the Code of Conduct signed alongside his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, as his conduct in public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role models.“That the FIFA Code of Ethics, NFF Code of Ethics and FIFA Disciplinary Code did not contemplate negligence or error of judgment as a defence to violation of any of the provisions as contained therein, as punitive measures must be adopted to serve as deterrent to other intending offenders, even though, that he is a first time offender.”Olajire also said that the committee’s decision was as follows: “In accordance with Art. 22, FIFA Disciplinary Code, he is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or involvement or participation in any football-related activity, effective from the date of this decision.“He is also fined in the sum of $5,000 to be paid within three (3) months beginning from the date of this decision.”He noted that the ethics committee also ruled that an appeal against the decision can be made to the NFF Appeals Committee.The NFF’s spokesman quoted the committee as saying that it passed its verdict on the defendant based on Article 20, 21 (1) and 21 (3) of the NFF Code of Ethics.He explained that it also made reference to Article 10 and 11 of the FIFA Code of Ethics in arriving at its verdict.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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O’Brien to go before disciplinary hearing

first_imgThe former European Player of the Year could be banned from Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina after the incident was missed by the match officials, but was captured by TV cameras.O’Brien will be hoping that his previous disciplinary record will help him to avoid a lengthy ban.Meanwhile, Rhys Ruddock will train with the rest of Ireland’s World Cup squad this morning in Cardiff after coming into the camp last night. The Leinster flanker has been called-up as a replacement for Peter O’Mahony.The Irish coaching staff are also expected to deliver an update on the fitness of Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton after training – the pair both had scans on their respective hamstring and adductor muscle injuries yesterday.Meanwhile, Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde says the team are now “battle-hardened” after 4 matches at the Rugby World Cup.The injury-hit squad are preparing for Saturday’s quarter-final against South Africa.McBryde believes the players are starting to find their feet in the tournament.last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Real Madrid 3

first_imgMarcelo scored twice in a one-sided first half in front of a crowd of more than 105,000 at Michigan Stadium.Real Madrid took the lead in the pre-season friendly when Marcelo’s 20th-minute shot took a deflection off Oscar, wrongfooting Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic.There was nothing fortuitous about the Brazilian’s second goal six minutes later.He pounced after Blues youngster Ola Aina gave the ball away, rode a couple of weak challenges and thumped home.With Real dominant, Begovic produced good saves to keep out Raphaël Varane’s header and Casemiro’s stinging drive.But Begovic could do nothing about Mariano Diaz’s breathtaking 30-yard strike which put the Spanish side 3-0 up eight minutes before the interval.Chelsea: Begovic, Aina, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Oscar, Matic; Willian, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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St. Bernard’s girls shut out University

first_imgAlly Del Grande pitched a one-hitter, Mackenzie Finck hit a grand slam, and the Crusaders coasted to a 8-0 North Coast Section Division-V opening round playoff win over University High on Wednesday. “Our pitching was great today, I thought we played well,” St. Bernard’s head coach Alan Borges said. “It feels good to get a playoff win, and our first non-conference win of the season.”With the win, the No. 8 seed Crusaders (9-15) will now play at No. 1 Cloverdale on Friday at 5 p.m.Del Grande, …last_img read more

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Obvious Things Scientists Are “Discovering”

first_imgDo we really need scientists to tell us the obvious?On the one hand, but on the other:  Medical Xpress wrote in a bold headline, “Some see work as a calling, others say it’s just a job.”  Maybe a team at University of Michigan was bored with nothing to do when they decided to research that.  Perhaps some on the team saw it as a calling.  Maybe to others on the team it was just a job.  Hypothesis proved!Good workers work better:  “Conscientious people more likely to provide good customer service.”  That’s the headline on Medical Xpress.  Psychologists figured this out.  The body of the article doesn’t add any surprises.Gamblers like money:  With all the authority of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science Now tells us, “Gamblers More Attracted to Money Than Sex.”  Maybe that’s true if a scientist measures the amount of time spent on each.  In the study by Netherlands psychologists, participants were asked the technical question, “Do you gamble a lot?”  Unsurprisingly, the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM-5, came into the story (see 5/10/13).Illegitimacy is illegitimate:  Stephanie Pappas was apparently rushing to press with a hot news scoop when she informed Live Science readers that “Bisexuality Seen by Some As Illegitimate, Study Finds.”  Actually, that article and another on Science Daily, “Who Counts as a Man, Who Counts as a Woman” were worded in ways that put traditional heterosexual monogamous couples on the defensive, as if some mental disorder prohibits them from understanding the normalcy of promiscuity and gender confusion.  Why else would they get uptight when a man enters a women’s bathroom?  Since conservatives (advocates of traditional values) obviously suffer from hoarding “stigmas,” maybe they need a little re-education.  Pappas said, “Even though science has made strides in finally accepting bisexuality, public opinion still hasn’t entirely caught up.”  This wording appropriates the authority of “science” to immorality, and visualizes the race to the bottom of the slippery slope as progress.  Another Live Science article presented “pansexuality” – sex with anybody, regardless of sex or gender identity – as a new category of “sexual orientation.”  Elizabeth Palermo wrote very matter-of-factly about this phenomenon.  A photo of happy-looking whatevers opens the article.  Mustn’t be judgmental; after all, this is live science.  Can necrophilia and bestiality be far behind?  Will Live “Science” draw the line at polygamy?  or at pedophilia?  On what evolutionary basis?Don’t wag your head too hard as you read these articles.  You might hit something. (Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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It’s unfair to compare Dhoni’s captaincy with Misbah: Shoaib Malik

first_imgBoth Dhoni and Misbah are under pressure following their team’s preformance recentlyPakistan’s former captain Shoaib Malik has said that it was absolutely unfair to make any comparisons between the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The seasoned batsman was asked what he thought about the pressure being exerted by critics and some former players to replace Misbah in Pakistan and Dhoni in India following their team’s defeats to Sri Lanka and England respectively.”Every captain has a bad series but I would not compare these two at all. There is no comparison because Dhoni has won every major ICC title which Misbah has not done, he said during a talk-show on Geo super channel.Malik said Misbah was a good captain and had performed well as a batsman but the Pakistan Cricket Board is needed to take a final decision on the captaincy for the World Cup 2015.”They need to identify from now who should lead the team in the World Cup including Misbah. Because a decision has to be taken now and this will also give the chosen captain a lot of confidence and boost,” he said.Malik, who has been sidelined by selectors after the World T20 in Bangladesh but emerged as a top player in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League for eventual champions Barbados, said the same principle should apply for the players.Asked if he was disappointed at not being part of the selector’s plans for the World Cup, Malik said obviously he wanted to play in the premier event.advertisement”What I say is whoever the selectors have in mind for the World Cup they should decide now and form a combination from now because they need to prepare now for this mega event which is not going to be easy,” he said.We need to have consistency in the team selection leading up to the World Cup because that is how we will be able to form a strong combination, Malik said.The former captain who also helped Hobart win the Big Bash T20 title in Australia said he had already “committed to playing for the Australian side” in the Champions League in India next month.”Malik said Pakistan had lost the Test series in Sri Lanka because they didn’t try to change their strategy against the bowlers.I think the same approach cost India in England. The Pakistani batsman failed to devise a proper strategy to play Rangana Herath in the test series, Malik said.”After failing against him in the first Test they should have changed their approach and played him more positively in the second Test.”Malik said perhaps the reason for his success as a batsman in the Caribbean Premier League was because he knew in advance which position he would be batting on. I am not blaming anyone but perhaps I think when I play for Pakistan my batting position or role in the team is not made clear to me, he said.last_img read more

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