Agriculture and Natural Resources FAQs
How can I get a copy of the WVU Extension Garden Calendar?
The WVU Extension Garden Calendar is now available at the WVU Extension Service Nicholas County Office or can be downloaded from our website Home Page..
You can pick up your WVU Extension Garden Calendar at the Nicholas County office, located at 715 Main Street, Summersville, WV.
How big is an acre?
One acre of land is almost the size of a football field!
One acre equals:
43,560 square feet
4,840 square yards
1/640 square mile (640 acres/square mile)
approximately 0.4 hectar
What is agritourism?
Agritourism, also called agritainment, agricultural tourism, agrotourism, or farm tourism, has many definitions but each with a common theme. Agritourism simply combines elements of tourism and agriculture, most commonly by attracting customers (or tourists) to farms. Agritourism enterprises may offer a wide variety of activities including everything from pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and petting zoos to on-farm bed and breakfasts, cut-your-own Christmas trees, and wineries.
The type of customers may vary just as widely from elementary school or senior citizen groups to local families or interstate travelers. Customers may come to the farm for a variety of reasons. They may visit a farm to experience picking their own strawberries from the field, learn about life on the farm, meet the farmer who produces their food, or enjoy the rural landscape.
Customers may also want to hunt or photograph wildlife or take a horseback ride. Tourists interested in finding an agritourism enterprise in their area should contact their local or regional tourism organization or state department of agriculture.
Nearly every state can boast agritourism businesses that represent diversified revenue sources for agricultural producers.
How do I keep Asian lady beetles from entering my home?
Lady beetle infestation of buildings is a sporadic event. In the natural world, their overwintering sites are nooks and crannies inside the hollows of trees. Our homes serve as substitute trees. Some buildings are affected, others are not. Generally, light-colored buildings near forested land are more likely to experience an invasion.
During the summer, the Asian lady beetles feed on aphids and other small insects living in the trees and fields in the area. From that perspective, the lady beetles are beneficial creatures. But when they enter our homes, they cross the line from being beneficial to being a nuisance. Fortunately, there are no major health problems associated with the Asian lady beetle.
To keep them out of your home, exterior cracks and other openings can be sealed as a preventive measure. Use a good-quality silicone or silicone latex caulk to seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, fascia boards, utility pipes, and other potential entry points. Repair damaged window screens and install insect screening behind attic vents.
While sealing and weather stripping can help limit the entry of lady beetles, this approach is time consuming and often impractical. There are countless numbers of cracks under and around eaves, siding, vents, etc., where beetles can enter. On multistory buildings, sealing becomes extremely difficult. Households or businesses that do not wish to chance a recurring problem with overwintering lady beetles may want to enlist the services of a knowledgeable pest control firm or garden center.
There are several insecticide treatments available for the building exterior that help prevent pest entry. Long-lasting, rapid knockdown formulations of insecticides can be applied around eaves, attic vents, windows, siding, and other likely points of entry. The key is to apply the treatments in early October, before pests enter buildings. Once they enter the building, a vacuum cleaner is the best control option.