"I simply spray the inside windowsills, and/or other places I have seen them, and when the beetles crawl over the area that has been sprayed, they die, and you just need to vacuum them up. Some fall to the floor. Every time the windowsills or other inside areas are cleaned, a re-spraying is required. I have used this procedure for years, and have seen very few inside on the ceilings, usually near a light. I feel most of these came in when a door was open."
I must note that Permethrin is very toxic to cats, and it's toxic to honeybees, as well.
Free lecture at Clay Center
Don't miss Master Naturalist Betsy Trammell as she identifies and discusses wildflowers that can be found in the upcoming months in "Fall Flora in the Forest," 12:15 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Clay Center. The lecture is free.
Seeking blackberry producers
West Virginia State University Extension Service has received funding to begin a demonstration and research project that will trial blackberry varieties in West Virginia. Potential growers will be selected through an application process that ends Sept. 15.
"The purpose of this project is to determine the most viable blackberry varieties for our region," said Scott Byars, program leader for agriculture and natural resources.
The funding, received through a 2009 Specialty Crops Block Grant from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, will support five landowners for the project, which is officially titled "Thorny vs. Thorn-less Blackberry Production for Small-Scale Diversification on West Virginia Hillside Farms."
Participants will receive plants, materials, support and technical assistance from WVSU Extension Service. This will result in the establishment of a 20- by 100-foot plot of thorny and thornless blackberries.
Selected growers will also serve as host sites for field day meetings open to agricultural professionals and other interested growers from the region.
Applications can be obtained by contacting Scott Byars at 304-382-8806 or sby...@wvstateu.edu. All applications must be received by close of business on Sept. 15.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.