Insect Management in Gardens and Edible Landscapes
Presented by Entomologist Neil Cunningham, MDA
PRI Production Assistants: Daniel Halsey and Julianne Love
Register online for this 3-part lecture series and save over 33%! Or attend 1 or 2 of the lectures and pay at the door.
When and Where : All lectures are 7-9pm in the Auditorium (Room #150) on the main floor
of MCAD (MN College of Art and Design), 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
Wednesday, September 9
INTRODUCTION TO INSECT MANAGEMENT
A bit of biology, a bit of ecology, basic overview of biocontrols.
* Insect characteristics and life cycles
* Plants we love and the pests that eat them
* Species identification and stages of management
* Common insect pests in local gardens
Wednesday, September 16
BIOCONTOL REGIMES FOR PEST MANAGEMENT
Specifics of solving pest problems using predator/parasitic wasp complexes and/or multispecies releases of predatory mites; the process of ordering bio-agents from biocontrol suppliers; and how alternative pesticides like insecticidal soaps, hort oils, and kaolin clays work physically on insects - in contrast to synthetic pesticides that function as nerve toxins.
* Natural pesticides, soaps, and clays
* Beneficial insect predators and parasites
o Multi-species release and biocontrols
o Seasonal management techniques
o Sources for beneficial insects
Wednesday, September 23
PLANTING HABITAT FOR BENEFICIAL INSECT MANAGEMENT
A long-term view of biological control : the importance of creating habitat, and how plant diversity enables the insect diversity needed for natural control of pest populations.
* Fall and Spring garden prep for insect management
* Building habitat for beneficial insects
o Using plant diversity for insect diversity
o Attracting beneficial insects with Insectory Islands
o Building an Insectory Island and insect habitat
How to Register: PRICES BELOW ARE FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES OF 3 LECTURES! Click the appropriate button below to register in advance for all 3 lectures at a discounted series price.
If you want to attend one or two of the lectures, please pay at the door. (Price at the door: $15 per lecture for members, $20 per lecture for non-members.)
Note: When you are paying, please select the blue GOOGLE CHECKOUT button (below the Checkout button), as we will accept On-Line Credit Card payment only for this event.
Questions? Please contact Dan Halsey.