County conservation district holds wildlife habitat field day

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The Carroll County Conservation District will be holding a field day on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The field day, located at the Four Mile Creek Outdoor Class-room in Carroll County, will be focused on wildlife habitat.

Guest speakers for the evening include Zak Danks, farm bill biologist with Fish and Wildlife; Ben Lyle, forester with the Kentucky Division of Forestry; Kim Jett, fourth grade teacher at Cartmell Elementary and the Kentucky Division of Conservation Teacher of the Year; and me, Christin Herbst, Carroll County Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

A meal will be included, in addition to the door prize drawings.

Prizes include 10-acre planting with the conservation district’s no-till seeder, Longaberger basket and contents, $20 gift certificate from Quick Lane, tire rotation and balance from Paul’s Tires, Stihl safety glasses, and a Stihl hearing protector with AM/FM stereo radio with mp3 input. 

You must sign up and be present at the field day to win.

For more information on the Wildlife Habitat Field Day, contact the Carroll County Conservation District at (502) 732-6098.


Dealing with fruit flies in the kitchen

Have you been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen lately?

These pesky little insects are fruit flies and while they can be a problem year around, they are especially common during the late summer and fall.

Fruit flies are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, melons, squash, grapes, bananas, potatoes and onions, among other perishable items.

The insects can reproduce in great numbers in a very short amount of time.

The entire life cycle, from egg to adult, can be complete in about a week and each fly can lay up to 500 eggs. For example, a single rotting potato forgotten at the back of a closet can breed thousands of fruit flies.

Eggs are laid near the surface of fermenting or rotting foods. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae feed near the surface of the fermenting food.

The best way to avoid problems with fruit files is to eliminate sources of attraction.

Eat, refrigerate or discard ripened produce. Any fruits and vegetables that are not refrigerated need to be in well-sealed containers. 

Keep inside recycling or compost bins emptied and cleaned.

Equip windows and doors with tight-fitting (16 mesh) screens to help prevent fruit flies from entering.

If your home is already infested with fruit flies, the first priority to eradicate the insects is to locate and eliminate all potential breeding areas.

Though this task can be very challenging, it is critical for effective elimination. 

Be sure to check pantries, garbage disposals, drains, garbage/recycle bins.

Once the breeding areas are removed, you must remove the remaining adult flies.

One way to approach this task is to construct a trap by placing a paper funnel (rolled from a sheet of notebook paper) into a jar containing a few ounces of cider vinegar.

Place the trap wherever fruit flies are seen and soon, this simple but effective trap will catch the remaining insects.

Dates of Interest

 Sept. 13:Carroll County Senior Event 2012,  “Senior Picnic at the Park,” 5 p.m., Point Park in Carrollton.

Sept. 18:Master Stocker Program, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Extension Office.


Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.