Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs might be an unwelcome guest

If you’re finding brown marmorated stinkbugs in your home now, fact is,  they actually invaded your home last fall and have been spending the winter in wall voids and attics. As we move toward spring and have snaps of warmer temperatures, the BMSBs begin to emerge – some indoors and some outdoors.  Mechanical exclusion is the best method to keep stink bugs from entering homes and buildings. Cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings should be sealed with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.

Exterior applications of insecticides may offer some minor relief from infestations when the task of completely sealing the exterior is difficult or impossible.

If numerous bugs are entering the living areas of the home, attempt to locate the openings where the insects gain access. Typically, stink bugs will emerge from cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim, and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings. Seal these openings with caulk or other suitable materials to prevent the insects from crawling out. Both live and dead stink bugs can be removed from interior areas with the aid of a vacuum cleaner – however, the vacuum may acquire the smell of stink bugs for quite some time.

It is not advisable to use an insecticide inside after the insects have gained access to the wall voids or attic areas. Although insecticidal dust treatments to these voids may kill hundreds of bugs, there is the possibility that carpet beetles will feed on the dead stink bugs and subsequently attack woolens, stored dry goods or other natural products in the home.

Source:  Buckeye Yard and Garden Line

Learn more about the World Dairy Expo with Fairfield County 4-Her Silas Kohler

How exciting to represent Ohio 4-H at the World Dairy Expo Conference!! Silas Kohler of Baltimore was chosen for this honor last year.  Learn more more about his trip in the 88.9FM Saturday Morning  Farm Page Interview.  We love  “Celebrating Good Kids Doing Good Things” on the 88.9FM Saturday Morning Farm Page, always!!

Silas Kohler at he North American Livestock Exposition


Used Motor Oil Wanted at the Recycling Center

Did you know that Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action’s Recycling Center is heated by using used motor oil? The following can be accepted into the program; Diesel, Kerosene, Home Heating Oil (#2), Hydraulic Fluid, and Gear Oil (up to 50 weight). Liquids need to be clear of any debris and water. Please no brake fluid, antifreeze, gasoline, water or chlorine. Items can be dropped off at the Recycling Center’s Drive Thru Lane Monday-Friday from 9:00am-2:00pm. Questions? Call 740-687-1295.

Be sure to listen into this  88.9FM WLRY interview with Keri Murphy of the Recycling Center to learn more about the need for used motor oil and the upcoming tire recycling event too!! 240201_003




Master Gardener Informational Meeting Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Ag Center…

Master Gardener Training Informational Meeting – Are you thinking this is your year to become a Fairfield County Master Gardener Volunteer?  If you want to learn more about the program ..what’s involved, how do I get started?  Join us on  Friday, February 23, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center located at 831 College Avenue in Lancaster, Ohio  for an informational meeting about the Fairfield County Master Gardener program.  Cost for the 7 week daytime program is $150.00 which does include your training manual and handouts.

Please take a moment to RSVP for the Fairfield County Master Gardener Informational session here:


All interested in Master Gardener Volunteer training in Fairfield County are encouraged to attend.  Questions?  Contact Connie Smith, Master Gardener Coordinator or Carrie Brown, Extension Educator


Don’t miss  DIG INTO GARDENING – MARCH 23, 2024

 Do you want to learn more about new plants to introduce in your gardens for pollinators in 2024?  How about finding some alternatives to those ugly boxwoods?  Or do you think it looks like those boxwoods are trying  making a comeback?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, then make plans now  to attend the  Fairfield County Master Gardeners “Dig Into Gardening”  at Christ United Methodist Church, 700 S. Main Street in Baltimore, Ohio.  Our program will be  .featuring Planting for Pollinators with Scott Beuerlein of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Conifers for Today’s Gardens with (Garden Bob)  Bob Iiames, American Conifer Society, and OSU Extension’s Carrie Brown discussing Boxwood Problems!! Cost is $40.00; $30.00 for current Master Gardener Volunteers, which includes a light breakfast and lunch!  Doors open at 9:30 am and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 2:30 p.m.  All proceeds for the event benefit the Fairfield County Master Gardener Program educational efforts.  Check out the details:         Call OSU Extension in Fairfield County for more information at 740.653.5419.