Workshop offered to attract beneficial insects and help pest control

Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are critical to the production of the fruits and vegetables grown in Nevada. But it’s not just bees and butterflies. Wasps and flies also visit native flowers and provide another important service as pest control for many insect pests on the farm and in the garden. To encourage homeowners to support native pollinator populations, Reno Extension at the University of Nevada at Reno and Elko is offering free workshops on using native plants to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.

“Native plants are a beautiful part of our local landscape and important resources for large numbers of indigenous insects,” said Kevin Burls, an educator in integrated pest management, with the university’s college of agriculture, biotechnology and natural resources expansion unit. “Planting native plant species can beautify your landscape, reduce your water use, improve seedling survival, and provide a habitat for flower visitors.”

The workshop will explore the diversity and ecology of local pollinators, examine common native plants and gardening for pollinators, and end with a brief hands-on demonstration on how to plant native pollinator seedlings. Participants receive native pollinator plant seeds that are adapted to their region.

The Reno workshop will take place on April 17th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area, 6800 Pembroke Drive. Register online for the Reno workshop by April 14th.

The Elko Workshop will be held June 12th, 10 am-11:30am at the Elko County Expansion Office, 701 Walnut St. Register online for the electrolytic capacitor workshop by June 10th.

Both workshops will be held outdoors regardless of the weather, and all COVID-19 safety requirements will be enforced, including social distancing and use of masks. Those in need of special accommodation or assistance must email Burls or call him at 775-336-0255 at least three days prior to the scheduled class.

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