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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, April 19, 2017 .=sence by Ann H. Davis, MSU Wilkinson County Extension Agent This time of year, female paper wasps are leaving at- tics, hollow trees and other overwintering sites and searching for places to build their nests. Mississippi State University Exten- sion Entomology Special- ist Blake Layton said that there seem to be a lot more Carolina paper wasps this year than usual. Actually there are two species that look very simi- lar, Polistes carolina and P. rubiginosus (formerly P. perplexus). While other species of paper wasps may build their nests un- derneath the eaves/soffit of buildings, Carolinia paper wasps prefer to build pa- per nests inside the eaves, or inside similar building voids. Of course, they can only do this if they can gain access to the void through some type of crack or open- ing. The nest may be lo- cated well back in the void, several feet away from the opening. Because their nests are usually in such protected locations, one might think these wasps would be less defensive than other spe- cies, but this is definitely not the case. Several guards are usually stationed around the access opening and they are quick to at- tack anything they perceive to be a threat. As a result, this is one of the most prob- lematic wasps around older buildings or buildings that have cracks or openings to suitable nest sites. They will often attack and sting people who are mowing, working or playing around the area, or just walking by. The fact that the nest is located inside a void where it is protected, and usually not visible, makes Caro- linia paper wasps more dif- ficult to control than other paper wasps. You can't just walk up with a can of wasp spray, spray the nest and be done. One option is to hire a professional pest control company to deal with the problem. For people who are especially sensitive/hy- persensitive to wasp stings, this is the only wise option. If you choose to do-it- yourself, first recognize that there is always a risk of getting stung when deal- ing with stinging insects. Second, realize that your chances of getting stung are much less if you wear pro- tective clothing/equipment. Also, it is helpful to know that wasps are less likely to fly after dark, though they will fly to a light when disturbed. And, be sure to take appropriate care when working from a ladder and/ or around sources of elec- tricity. Risks of falls and other mistakes are magui- fled when you have stinging insects flying around your face! One of the most effective treatments requires the Use of two different aerosol spray products. First, use a can of fast-killing wasp and hornet spray, the kind that shoots several feet, to kill the guards at the entrance, and to do this for several days in a row to deplete the population of adult wasps. Then use a can of Bengal Roach Spray II the for- mulation that is 2% perme- thrin and comes with the little spray injection straw, and inject this spray into the void where the nest is located. This product is not as fast-killing as the aero- sol wasp and hornet sprays, but it provides an effective method of injecting a long- lasting insecticide mist into the void where the nest is located. The aerosol mist from the Bengal Roach Spray product will usually move far enough in the void to reach the nest and kill any remaining adults and brood. Wearing protective clothing and/or treating af- ter dark is the best way to reduce the chance of stings while applying this spray. Some companies sell exten- sion poles that can be used to apply aerosol sprays. These are useful tools, but be especially aware of elec- trical hazards when using extension poles. Another treatment option is to inject an insecticide dust (0.05% deltamethrin: Delta Dust, Terro Ant Dust or Enforcer Ant Dust are brand name products) into the void -- through the en- trance hole and allow time for the dust to work. This can take several days and you may need to reapply the dust. The idea is to apply the dust where the wasps have to track through it to get to and from the nest. Several companies sell tools such as bulb dusters and extension poles that can be used to apply the dust. Wearing protective cloth- ing and treating at night will reduce the chances for stings. It is a good idea to use a can of wasp and hor- net spray to kill the guards around the entrance -- and continue treating wasps as they appear (either coming out from the nest or return- ing to the nest) until you have depleted the popula- tion, and then apply the dust. Once you have eliminated all nests around a building, it is important to promptly seal/repair the cracks/open- ings where the wasps got into the void. Otherwise, they will come back. For more information about eradicating problem insects, contact the Wilkin- son CountyExtension Of- fice at 601-888-3211 or find information on the Mis- sissippi State University Extension website at www. extension.msstate.edu. Historic Tall Ships In New Orleans For Tricentennial Celebration April 19-22 Six historic sailing ships headed to News Orleans for the city's Tricentennial celebration were expected to reach Pilot Town in the Mississippi River Tuesday, April 17. Pilots with the Crescent River Port Pilots Association (CRPPA) were to board each of the ves- sels and take over from the ships' crews, safely guiding four of the boats to Wolden- berg Park in downtown New Orleans and two to Lake Pontchartrain for public viewing. The Tall Ships will be on view to the public in New Orleans April 19-22 as part of the Cresent City's Tricen- tennial Celebration. One of the oldest ships in the fleet, the Elissa is a 99- foot tall iron-hulled vessel built in Scotland in 1877. For more info on the Tall Ships Tricentennial Cel- ebration, go to https://www. tallshipsnola2018.com/. TWO WCCA ATHLETES RECEIVE HONORS -- WCCA senior Sydney Bryant, right, and junior D'Mario Weathersby have received several honors for their outstanding perfor- mance on the basketball court dur- ing the 2017-2018 season. These two amazing athletes were named to the 2017-18 Natchez Democrat All Metro Second Team. Weathersby played forward for the Rams and averaged 16 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.1 steals~ and 4.8 assists per game. He was named to the MAIS District 4-A All- District First Team. Bryant played forward and averaged 14 points (av- eraged over 20 points/game the last half of the season) and 8 rebounds: She was named MAIS District 4-A All-District MVP and was an MAIS~ Class A-AA South All-Star selection,~ -- WCCA Photo THE FAR Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk Lake Mary and Fort Ad- Alright, I am going to this flood. I hope our district ams are sometimes referred stop fussing and tell you supervisor will be prepared to as the end of the world another reason why I be-to restore it so that the because of the location and lieve The Far Corner is so many camp owners can ac- infamous bad roads. Someimportant. Did you know cess their camps. areas such as Loch Levenaccording to Social media. The Jackson Point Road and Jim Lee Island are very corn that the average teen- will also need repairing: isolated. Many areas areager spends nine hours per Now, would be the time to lucky to have satellite tele- day on social media, andmake plans to actually help l vision and internet. We tend the average adult about two land and camp owners in- to focus more on the Missis- hours per day? The current stead of depending on pri~~ sippi River stages and our total time spent on social vate individuals to rebuild:, natural environment in or- media beats the time spent the roads. der to live here in The Far on eating, drinking, social- It always seems funny tq Corner. We move back andizing or grooming. The av- me that Wilkinson County,' forth from the riverside or erage adult will spend five wastes no time in filing fro: lakeside in order to deal years and four months con- emergency flood money, but with the high water and necting, sharing, or tweet- when the flood is over we the bad roads. I guess you ing on social media in a(actual flood victims) are-, could say we have learned lifetime. Wow! That's a long left with no help. ! to expect a hard time out in time. The Far Corner has so It would be nice if for a the boondocks. However, I many natural wonders to be change our district would heard that folks on Lover's shared personally not virtu- actually help us out. ', Lane are having about as ally (made by software to The Mississippi River:: hard a time as we are, but appear to be real). Genuine is a powerful force, and; the mighty Mississippi Riv- memories, you can treasure doesn't mi~,ez~'~ting heri er has nothing to do wi~h forever. Sunsets, fishing, s rengthz.Us~ly, 0u~ stairs~ their troubles. The state hunting, beautiful land- fall prey to her viciousness;! mandated closing of thescapes -- in other words but this year my husband, bridges on Lover's Lane is --all of God's creations just Mike, took extra precau-; preventing folks from being waiting for you to connect, tions to secure them, andll able to access their homes so far they remain in tack.i: and property. Now, as I * * * However, our neighbor's( said before, we expect the Editor's Note: The fol- camp hasn't been as fortu-:: Mississippi River to wreak lowing Far Corner column nate. His entire front porchi~ havoc on us that choose to was left out of the Thurs- is gone. The waves and con- ! live so close to her bound- day, April 12, edition of The stant rocking underneath:: aries. We also know to be Woodville Republican. We the camp caused its demise.!] prepared to leave our home apologize for this error and The Mississippi River has!i at a moment's notice and to are happy to print it this taken over Lake Mary, and have an alternative accom- week.) doesn't plan on surrendering modation plan. Most people Electricity was restored it any time soon. I urge folks don't live this way or expect to Lake Mary on Monday, to use caution when boating to be relocated from their April 2. We moved back to in the backwater. It can be as home because of a bridge, the farmhouse on Wednes- dangerous and deadly as the: The Second District has to day. It is a strange feeling mighty Mississippi. :! be the worst district in the to be surrounded by water. We used to have to drive:: county, and folks at election The levee is out just enough three miles to the river to time you need to remember to ride on an ATV. The flood watch the sun go down over:: all of the unnecessary hard- water is taking its dear, the water but now all we:: ships that most everyone sweet time receding. That have to do is stand on the:: has to endure. I admit all means we will be boating porch and look at my front:: of the districts are suffering for quite some time. It will yard. That is an awesomei: because of bridge closures, probably be May before we feeling. The Mississippi:i but here in The Far Cor- can drive in. However, it is River as far as you can see!:: her most of our roads that good to be home. It is an extraordinary time: aren't under water are not I fear Lake Mary Road in The Far Corner. navigable, will be in awful shape after Hope to see you soon! Inclement Weather Leads To Gloster To BBQ Event Being Rescheduled Due to the projected weather forecast for Sat- urday, April 14, and an overall safety concern for those planning to attend, the BBQ Cook-off & Spring Fest event is being resched- uled for June, 2018. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the new date for the event. Any prize winners who may have al- ready received their tickets should note that the tick- ets will be honored at the rescheduled event in June, 2018. A full refund is also processed for anyone who may have purchased a gen- eral admission, vendor booth or BBQ Cook-off ticket. Feel free to contact our office if there may be any questions or concerns. On the behalf of all of the kids and the new Gloster Community Center Sports Complex -- many many thanks! Your continued do- nations and generosity to support this mission are welcomed. See you in June, 2018! -- Submitted Recreational Boating Restrictions Lifted Along Mississippi River As of Friday, April 13, the Mississippi River was holding at forty-two feet (42.32) on the Vicksburg gauge and ninety-two (92.10) feet on the Steel Bayou Landside gauge. Pursuant to the order of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, those areas within the state previously in- undated by Mississippi River floodwaters are now reopened to recreational boat traffic and the "no wake" lifted. However, all boaters are asked to con- tinue to use caution when operating where waters remain high. In addition, Wolf Lake and Moon Lake remain "Closed" to all recreation- al boating activities un- til this order is removed. Boating in Wolf Lake and Moon Lake, other than by people with property in the affected area, is "Closed" and wake zones will be enforced. Waters in these areas remain at high levels that are continuing to affect properties within. The MDWFP will con- tinue its increased law en- forcement presence in the affected areas to patrol the levees and waterways to promote public, safety for residents affected by the rising waters, and to enforce the wildlife laws that protect animals af- fected by flooding. For more information visit www:mdwfp.com or call (601) 432-2200. Fol- low the department on Facebook at facebook.com/ mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWF- Ponline. by Ann H. Davis, MSU Wilkinson County Extension Agent It is the time of the year that homeowners and gar- deners need to start watch- ing for critters causing damage to lawns, gardens, and landscape plants. While slugs and snails do little damage to our lawns, they will attack many annual bedding flowers, hostas and other perennial plants in the landscape. Besides the damage caused to plants, their unsightly slimy, sil- very trails are left behind on sidewalks, edging, etc. Snails and slugs are mol- lusks and closely related to oysters so they thrive in moist, protected areas gen- erally with heavy accumu- lations of decaying organic matter. Their long, fleshy, slime-covered bodies are jointless. Their heads have a pair of sensory tentacles and eyes on extended "eye stalks" that they can re- tract. They feed mostly at night so they can go unno- ticed before becoming quite numerous in beds having dense plantings, heavy mulch and leaf litter. Spring weather condi- tions are ideal for popula- tion explosions :~:~ as there is usu- ally plenty of moisture and tender veg- etation present. Limiting habi- tat conditions of excessive mois- ture, excessive leaf litter, heavy mulch, fallen limbs, rocks, and flower pots that provide daytime hiding places will dis- courage their presence. Physical re- moval may be a practical con- trol option for small areas, but in larger beds and land- scape settings baits will be required. Shallow dishes of beer placed in beds are ef- fective in small areas where they can be checked often to remove the drowned slugs and replenish the beer. Spe- cially formulated baits con- taining metaldehyde or iron phosphate are more practi- cal in larger areas. Metal- dehyde can be toxic to pets and wildlife so care should be used in applications. Re- peated bait applications are required as the baits tend to: lose their effectiveness after rains or prolonged periods i of sunlight. For more horticulture:: or lawn care information,'~. contact the Wilkinsoni~ County Extension Office at!~ 601-888-3211 or find infor-:: mation on the Mississippi:~ State University Extensioni~ website at www.extension@,~ msstate.edu. ~,~