West Virginia University Extension Service will conduct a pesticide recertification workshop in Morgantown on Friday, Oct. 24 that offers a variety of useful tips, advice and techniques to help with the care and management of lawns, gardens and landscaping.

The daylong workshop will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Morgantown and cover a range of topics including pesticide labeling, the importance of soil nutrients, soil testing, identifying different types of pests and more.

“Insects that might appear to be pests can often be beneficial inhabitants, and it’s useful to know which are valuable and which are not,” explained Daniel Frank, WVU Extension’s entomology specialist.

The proper, safe handling of pesticides will also be covered during the workshop.

Frank explains that improper application and overuse of pesticides is not only a waste, but it can also be detrimental to water quality after it leaches into streams and waterways.

WVU Extension specialists will provide expert knowledge over the course of the day touching base on these topics and many other important lawn and garden care tips and techniques.

The cost to attend the workshop is $10 for attendees who pre-register. Participants can register at the door on the day of the workshop for $20. Payment by credit card must be completed in advance by contacting Becky Casteel at 304-293-2565 or becky.casteel@mail.wvu.edu. Costs include all workshop fees and materials. Lunch is not provided.

Ten continuing certification units or five hours have been approved for categories 4A: Ornamental and Turf Outdoors; 4B: Indoor Ornamental; 11: Demonstration and Research; the recertification workshop is also approved for private applicators (PA).

Learn more about plant diseases and outdoor pests by visiting www.anr.ext.wvu.edu/pests.

To learn more about WVU Extension’s pesticide recertification workshop, contact Daniel Frank at 304-293-8835 or e-mail dlfrank@mail.wvu.edu.



CONTACT: Cassie Thomas, WVU Extension Service
304.293.8735, Cassie.Thomas@mail.wvu.edu

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