Workshop offered to attract beneficial insects, help with pest control

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

“Native plants are a beautiful part of our local landscape and an important resource for large numbers of indigenous insects,” said Kevin Burls, an integrated pest educator from the university’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources expansion unit. . “Planting native plant species can beautify your landscape, reduce your water use, increase seedling survival, and provide habitat for flower visitors.”

The workshop will cover local pollinator diversity and ecology, cover common native plants and gardening for pollinators, and end with a brief hands-on demonstration on planting native pollinator seedlings. The participants receive seeds from local pollinators 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 take place on June 12th from 10-11: 30 am at the Elko County Expansion Office, 701 Walnut Street. Register online for the electrolytic capacitor workshop by June 10th.

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

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