West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Sealing Houses Now Can Prevent Fall Insect Entry

9/30/2013
Several different insects, including Asian lady beetle (ALB) and brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), may invade West Virginia homes this fall to seek shelter from winter weather. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is encouraging homeowners to take action now to protect against potential infestations.

“Both these insects are huge pests to homeowners,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “Although neither are directly harmful to people, stinkbugs cause substantial damage to fruit and other cash crops, and are a major problem for farmers.”

WVDA entomologist Berry Crutchfield, Ph.D., recommends that homeowners seal all exterior entry points to the home with caulking, weather-stripping, screens or other material. He says to concentrate efforts around doors, windows, foundation, attic vents, seams in siding, and under eaves or where pipes and wires enter the structure. Also, homeowners should seal interior entry points to individual rooms, concentrating around windows, vents, light fixtures, electrical outlets, etc.

“These practices are often easier said than done, but are the most reliable long-term control methods,” Crutchfield said.

Insecticides can also help deter fall insect invaders, but work best if applied just before pest arrival. Consider treating exterior entry points to the home, in mid-September and mid-October, with an insecticide labeled for “structure-invading” insect pests (e.g. Bayer Advanced Home Pest Control, Ortho Bug-B-Gone, Ortho Home Defense, Spectracide Bug-Stop, Suspend, Tempo), or look for products with these active ingredients: Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Deltamethrin. Follow labeled directions.

During winter months, periodically vacuum up visible insects. To avoid odors in the vacuum cleaner, empty and dispose of contents after each session, or use a nylon stocking stuffed into the vacuum hose and secured around the outside with a rubber band to prevent insects from entering and creating odor in the vacuum cleaner bag or canister. The stocking will collect the insects, and can easily be disposed of in an outdoor trash can. “Sticky boards” or flypaper set near lights can also attract and capture individual insects. Insecticide treatments are of little value during the winter, Crutchfield said, because most of the insects will be dormant in inaccessible portions of the home.

Also known as the “Halloween” or “Japanese” lady beetle, the first established population of ALB was discovered in Louisiana in 1988. Since that time, the beetle has increased its range to include most areas of the United States and parts of southern Canada. It has plagued West Virginia homeowners since 1992. ALB feeds only on aphids and other soft-bodied insects and is generally considered to be beneficial to agriculture during the summer.

In contrast, BMSB feeds on a wide range of fruit trees, field crops, vegetables, ornamentals, and other plants. It is currently expanding its range in the eastern U.S. and has had a devastating impact on West Virginia fruit production. BMSB was first documented in Pennsylvania in 1998 and reached West Virginia in 2004.


Contact Information

Department of Agriculture