Cost-share money available for perimeter fencing

March 24, 2004

Boyle County Farm Bureau Federation is now taking applications on the Perimeter Fencing Program. The program offers a 50 percent cost-share up to $1,000 for building boundary fencing. Producers must spend $ 2,000 to receive the full cost-share of $1,000.

Eligible items include posts, fence, supplies and hired labor.

Non-eligible items include personal labor, plank fencing and heavy equipment costs.

Applications are available at the Boyle County Farm Bureau Office or the Boyle County Extension Service.

The deadline to return applications is March 31.

Bugs appear

Many bugs are beginning to appear "mysteriously" inside homes and businesses.

Most are ladybugs, cluster flies/face flies, yellow jackets or paper wasps (queens), stink bugs, or leaf-footed (seed) bugs.

These critters actually gained entry last fall through cracks and openings and spent the winter hibernating in attics, soffits, wall voids, window/door casings, and protected areas. With the onset of warmer weather, the insects have again become active and are emerging from their overwintering sites. As they attempt to escape to their natural habitat outdoors, some inadvertently disperse inward into living areas, emerging from beneath baseboards, behind window and door frames, from sash-cord openings and around light fixtures and ventilators. Since many insects are attracted to light, they are often seen around windows and lighting fixtures.


This is a temporary annoyance that will run its course as the weather continues to warm. Ladybugs, cluster/face flies, and stink/leaf-footed bugs generally do not bite, sting or carry diseases, nor do they infest food, clothing or wood. They do not breed (reproduce) inside buildings and generally will not survive indoors this time of year.

The easiest way to dispose of overwintering insects found indoors is with a cleaner, broom or fly swatter. Insecticides are not generally recommended unless the temporary annoyance can no longer be tolerated. Aerosol-type foggers may be of some benefit in severely infested attics but will provide residual control of insects that have not yet emerged from cracks and other locations. Large numbers of lady beetles, flies or wasps accumulating in light fixtures would suggest the attic as a possible treatment area.

Insect light supplied by pest control firms also can be installed in such areas, although they may be of limited benefit. Aerosol sprays or foggers are not recommended for treatment of bedrooms, kitchens, or other living areas within the home. The effect of such treatment would be negligible against any insects that have not yet emerged from wall voids and other hidden locations. Flies or ladybugs spotted on walls and other exposed surfaces can just as easily be removed with a vacuum or swatter.

People have varying levels of tolerance toward insects in their homes. Hospitals, food processing plants, and other "high-clean" establishments have zero tolerance for contaminants of any kind. Vacuuming, fly swatters and pest proofing, supplemented by client education, are the preferred methods of dealing with overwintering insects structures.

Insecticides should be used only when the situation warrants and prescribed as indicated above.

No reason to diet

Dieter to friend: "They told me to wear loose clothing to my new exercise class, but I told them that if I had any loose clothing I wouldn't need the class."

Jerry Little is Boyle County extension agent for agriculture/natural resources.

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