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NMSU to host four ?Bug Nights? at Los Lunas science center

LOS LUNAS ? Have you been wondering about that strange looking bug in your garden? Find out what it is, whether it?s a friend or foe, and how to control it if necessary during the ?Bug Nights? walking tours at New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, 1036 Miller Road.

Tess Grasswitz, NMSU?s urban/small farm integrated pest management specialist, and Newt McCarty, Valencia County Extension agricultural agent, will host four Bug Nights on Thursdays, Aug. 14, Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and Sept. 25. The free classes will start at 6 p.m. and conclude at approximately 7:30 p.m.

?Find out what?s bugging you at these informal on-farm evening events that are intended to provide local growers with an opportunity to learn about both beneficial insects and common pests associated with vegetable and fruit crops,? Grasswitz said. ?Participants will learn how to recognize them, what type of damage they cause, and different approaches to their control.?

There is no charge for attending these events, but pre-registration would be appreciated. To register, call 505-865-7340 at least 24 hours before each class. Remember to wear appropriate clothing, and bring water to drink.