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This comprehensive guide offers information on different grasses for North Carolina lawns, as well as how to establish, care for, maintain, and renovate a new lawn.
In central North Carolina almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be grown successfully provided you choose appropriate varieties and plant at the right time. This publication covers climate, season and potential pests that all affect the selection of what and when to plant. Also included is a planting chart and calendar.
This publication explains how to plant and take care of fruit trees in the home garden or yard.
This article describes and defines the different types of insects that sting and are also often mistaken for honey bees.
This Entomology Insect Note discusses the steps to take before a pest management company arrives to treat your home for bedbugs.
This Entomology Insect Note discusses different mite pests whose biting and bloodsucking behavior may cause discomfort or allergic reactions to their hosts (domestic animals and people).
This factsheet offers instructions for cleaning and sanitizing kitchen dishes, utensils, and cooking implements after a flood.
This factsheet tells homeowners how to recognize and prevent problems with home septic systems. How septic systems work, where septic systems can be used, and maintenance on septic systems are covered.
This factsheet outlines the history, movement, distribution, and present status of the Africanized honey bee in the United States. (Part 1 of a 3-part series)
This factsheet covers the type of scorpions found in North Carolina and measures to take to control them, both indoors and outdoors.
This Entomology Insect Note discusses identifying spiders and how to control them indoors.
This publication provides basic information on the nutrient needs of trees and shrubs, types of fertilizers to apply and recommended methods and times of application.
This factsheet provides basic information about prevention and control of Africanized honey bees prior to their expected arrival in North Carolina. (Part 2 of a 3-part series.)
This publication describes common causes for septic tank failures and suggests steps you can take to prevent failure of your system.
If you use a septic system or if you are buying a home with a septic system, this owner's guide can help you be sure that your septic system is used and maintained properly. This guide also provides a place to record and keep important information, such as a copy of your permit, a sketch of your system, and maintenance records.
This factsheets offers questions and answers about head lice.
This factsheet offers information on which frozen foods can be safely refrozen after an extended power outage.
This publication provides information on six basic steps in the landscape design process.
This Entomology Insect Note discusses identifying bedbugs and how to control them in households.
Should you buy a home? Or would you be better off renting? This publication lists the pros and cons of buying versus renting and examines the differences in responsibility.
Several decades ago, when orange-fleshed sweet potatoes were introduced in the southern United States, producers and shippers desired to distinguish them from the more traditional, white-fleshed types. The African word nyami, referring to the starchy, edible root of the Dioscorea genus of plants, was adopted in its English form, yam. Yams in the United States are actually sweetpotatoes with relatively moist texture and orange flesh. Although the terms are generally used interchangeably, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the label "yam" always be accompanied by "sweetpotato." The following information outlines several differences between sweetpotatoes and yams.
This publication shows how to recognize the signs of gang involvement and offers advice on how to prevent children from joining gangs.
This publication offers general guidelines for cleaning or replacing flood-damaged carpets and rugs.
This Entomology Insect Note provides tips on preventing the spread of bedbugs.
This publication offers a guide to growing edible plants year-round in containers. Includes planting and harvest guides.
In this publication you will find ideas to get you started growing your own edibles. Included are simple designs and potential settings for a single container, a small group of containers and a larger grouping of containers. The benefits and challenges of various planting options will also be explored.
This publication covers items to consider when trying to salvage flood-damaged appliances.
This publication offers information on how to clean and recondition tractors that have been submerged in floodwaters.
This publication describes the basic reasons for a child's misbehavior and how you can become an "emotion coach" to help children handle difficult feelings. It also summarizes developmental milestones for preschool years and middle childhood and poses some questions for parents to consider as they help their children learn and grow.
This publication describes how children cope with stress and summarizes practices that parents can use to help a child deal with stress.
Worms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — which increases plant growth and reduces attacks by plant diseases and pests. Vermicomposting is easy, involves little work and can be done indoors or outdoors. All you need is a container, bedding, worms and worm food.
This publication provides the operator of a hot-water heating system with important basic information about this type of system and its operation. The first two sections describe a hot-water system and its parts, explain the functions of each part and give some simple design calculations for those who wish to build their own system. The third section will help the reader develop and understanding of wood fuel, and the fourth describes and explains the economics of hot-water systems.
This document is presented to answer some commonly asked questions about repellents and mechanical devices that allegedly repel insects and ticks.
This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses food donations given directly to food banks and food pantries in North Carolina.
This factsheet offers information on which refrigerated foods to discard when the power is out for an extended period.
This Entomology Insect Note addresses mosquito biology and how to control mosquitoes around homes and in communities.
Before making a real estate transaction, both buyers and sellers should take care to ensure there is no environmental contamination of the land.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to build, place and monitor a suitable nesting structure for mourning doves.
Expressing feelings can lead to improved interpersonal relationships.
A rainwater harvesting system captures stormwater runoff, often from a rooftop, and stores the water in a cistern for later use. In this guide for homeowners, the authors describe the components of a rainwater harvesting system and how they work together. Guidelines for choosing, sizing and installing the components are included.
The key to surviving a hurricane is preparation. This factsheet takes you through the thought process of what needs to be done before a storm so that you are prepared.
This publication provides practical tips on how to promote health eating by incorporating fresh, local foods into nutrition education and cooking classes. Topics include getting started, knowing what's in season, and where to buy local foods.
This factsheet offers guidance on accepting yourself and others to improve interpersonal relationships.
This factsheet answers basic questions about Africanized honey bees. (Part 3 of a 3-part series)
This publication provides information and success stories related to food banks, food pantries, food donation programs, and other resources for addressing food insecurity.
This publication discusses how to possibly restore furniture, including antiques, damaged by floodwaters.
One of the more enjoyable Christmas traditions is to replant a living Christmas tree into your landscape after the holiday season. This article describes the process of successfully selecting, caring for and replanting a living Christmas tree.
This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses 4-H projects that raise and harvest chickens for local food pantries in North Carolina.
This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses venison donation programs in North Carolina.
Storm safety for managers and residents of high-rise buildings before and during a hurricane are covered in this factsheet.
Brown marmorated stink bug description, life history, damage, and control.
Research tells us that communication and commitment are keys to a strong family. This publication can help you foster both by making time for family meetings.
This publications offers a guide to thinking and talking positively about aging.
This publication offers tips to deal with snakes, both indoors and outdoors, during the recovery process of a flood or disaster with strewn debris.
This publication offers 5 lessons for a school curriculum on the importance of vermicomposting, setting up a worm bin, anatomy of earthworms and how to reduce waste and recycle. Lesson objectives an activities are provided.
This factsheet offers information on how to deal with food that may have come into contact with floodwaters.
This publication discusses the National Flood Insurance Program, as well as a flood insurance policies from insurance companies.
This publication discusses the pros and cons of mold testing in a home.
This publication offers guidelines if a recent storm resulted in water damage to a pesticide container in your home.
This Entomology Insect Note discusses the life cycle of human lice and how to treat infestations.
This factsheet describes how to process mature sweet sorghum into ethanol and how this process could be implemented on a farm or private residence in the southeastern United States.
This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses the process of gleaning in North Carolina.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to make a composting bin to house earthworms and recycle food scraps.
Almost any indoor environment is more pleasant and attractive when living plants are a part of the setting. In apartments, condominiums and single family residences, plants add warmth, personality and year-round beauty. Shopping centers, hotels and resorts take full advantage of the colorful, relaxed atmosphere created by green and flowering plants. Offices, banks and other commercial buildings rely on interior plants to "humanize" the work environment and increase productivity.
Don’t be reluctant to talk with your family about the possibility of a hurricane, fire, tornado or flood. Thought and action before the disaster hits usually helps family members react wisely. Families that work together to prepare for the problem will cope better than those who do not take precautions.
This publication offers a checklist for farmers to ensure the safety and security of poultry and livestock, as well as the buildings that house them, after a flood or other disaster.
This publication covers steps to take to clean up your kitchen after a disaster or emergency.
The publication addresses ways to control asthma and allergies in the home environment.
This checklist describes household conditions that can be hazardous to the elderly and recommends ways to improve home safety for older people.
List of items that can and cannot be composted at home.
This publication covers a variety of foods that can be prepared even if there is no gas or electricity for cooking.
This publication offers information to safeguard children at schools during a tornado.
This publication will help you understand the negotiating process in home buying.
This publication for parents and caregiver describes strategies for building a child's sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, motivation and initiative.
This factsheet covers different programs available to help with health care costs during unemployment.
This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses using community and home gardens to supplement food for food banks and pantries in North Carolina.
This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses setting up a market or farm stand at a food pantry in North Carolina.
This publication offers information on preparation for tornado season in North Carolina.
This publication offers information on stepfamily relationships and dynamics.
This publication addresses common home safety hazards for young children and remedies for these hazards.
This publication covers the supplies you will need for a lengthy stay in a shelter during an emergency or disaster.
How much house can you afford? This publication provides a worksheet to help you assess your financial status.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to build a model of a wetland and its functions or map how stormwater flows between their neighborhoods and the ocean.
How to manage pesticides to control residential and industrial insects, diseases, and other pests in North Carolina is covered in detail.
This publication clears up misconceptions about federal flood insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Before deciding how much home you can afford, make certain that home ownership is appropriate for you by considering a few simple questions. If the answer to any of the questions is “no,” you may need to wait or investigate further before considering home ownership.
Poinsettias are the traditional Christmas plant because of their colorful bracts. The bracts are actually modified leaves and the yellow cyathia in the center of the bracts are the true flowers. Plant breeders have introduced many new cultivars over the past few years and there are more than 100 cultivars currently available. The array of colors range from red, pink, white, salmon, to bicolors. With these new, longer lasting cultivars being available, it is possible for a properly cared for poinsettia to remain beautiful in the home for 2 to 3 months.
What is a coalition and how can It help? A disaster recovery coalition is an organization of concerned citizens that advocates for services, policies and programs to accomplish specific goals that impact disaster recovery and prevention. A coalition monitors, analyzes and mobilizes community efforts. A local coalition may assume several roles.
In preparation for an emergency, keep the following food items that do not need refrigeration on hand or in an evacuation kit.
In the event of economic stress or hardship, it is a good time to step back and take stock of your many resources. These resources may be personal, that is, something within you, or from your family and community. Ideas for identifying and making the most of these sources of strength and support for getting by when times are tough are included in this factsheet.
This publication offers tips for avoiding employment scams.
Preparing an estate plan requires more than a will. This publication describes the basic documents needed to prepare a comprehensive estate plan.
This publication for farmers covers the guidelines to deal with pesticide storage facilities that may have been damaged by a flood or other disaster.
This factsheet describes the types of abuse, risk factors, and offers domestic violence resources.
Many people assume that floods, storms, hurricanes and other disasters happen to someone else, and many people postpone taking care of family papers. This factsheet helps you to determine what papers you should worry about protecting.
This publication covers the supplies you will need at home in the event of an emergency or disaster.
This factsheet describes different parenting styles and lists suggested measures parents can take to discipline their children.
This publication helps parents protect young children from accidents and injuries in the home.
To begin an estate plan, identify your goals and gather needed information before seeking professional advice. Schedule a family meeting to begin shaping your objectives. The checklist of estate objectives and other guidance in this publication will help you begin.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to collect and identify stream insects and other tiny invertebrates in a group outing.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains the different types of baits and lures and their effectiveness in attracting fish.
Construction companies can follow state regulations as well as save money by reducing the amount of waste produced on-site and by reusing and recycling waste materials.
After a power failure, you might not have heat, refrigeration, or water. This publication explains how to safely prepare food when you have no power.
This publication describes the responsibility of the many home buying professionals you will be working with, including realtors, surveyors, attorneys, architects, mortgage lenders, home inspectors, and appraisers.
The factsheet focuses on reasonable accommodations and modifications covered under fair housing law.
Supplemental hand weeding accounts for the majority of landscape bed maintenance costs. When used exclusively, it can cost 10 to 100 times as much as an effective herbicide or mulching program. However, many of the costly and unsightly weed problems can be avoided or at least minimized with a little planning. Developing a landscape weed management plan involves five basic steps.
Making arrangements for your pets should be part of your household disaster planning. If you must evacuate your home, it’s always wise to take your pets with you. Although trained service dogs are allowed in emergency shelters, other pets are not allowed due to public health and safety reasons. You need to have other plans for your pets. Advance planning is essential; it could save a pet’s life.
This publication covers potential moisture problems in attics, crawl spaces and walls after a flood or other disaster.
This publication describes the physical, emotional and mental changes that preschoolers experience. It provides information that parents can use to support their children through this stage of development.
This factsheet discusses remodeling and changes that can be made to homes as residents age.
Regardless of how much you have, money is often the source of conflict for families. The tough economy can take a toll on even strong marriages, partnerships and households. This factsheet offers tips on how to manage and resolve conflicts.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains basic rules for being a good sportsman while hunting or fishing on another’s property.
This publication describes how communities can develop and implement backyard composting programs that reduce the amount of waste in the landfill and return nutrients to the soil.
This publication covers factors involved in purchasing a home, including when to buy, setting your priorities, house inspections, and managing expectations.
New and existing professionals working in the realm of climate education, research, and outreach need to be clear in their terminology and usage. This glossary compiles the most commonly used terms and definitions for academics, researchers, and educators to communicate effectively in this emerging arena. To enhance understanding, key terms include a separate interpretative explanation of the concept “Why this matters.”
This publication offers tips on how to store bulk purchases of food.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explores food preferences in animals through inquiry-based learning strategies.
This publications outlines important interpersonal skills that strengthen relationships.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to recognize and record wild turkey vocalizations; then give an oral presentation discussing how turkeys communicate.
This factsheet covers selecting the right Christmas tree for your needs, as well as caring for your tree after purchase.
During and right after a disaster, any household item that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire becomes a home hazard. To minimize possible danger, inspect your home now to find and correct potential hazards.
This publication provides a checklist and legal guidelines to help you when you choose to rent.
Getting involved in your teen's homework routine can help your teen develop discipline and problem-solving skills.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explores studying beaver biology and behavior through inquiry-based learning strategies.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to collect information on fish populations and evaluate it to determine management recommendations for ponds.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to identify a wide variety of animal tracks.
This publication covers the supplies needed for an evacuation due to an emergency or disaster, as well as a checklist of things to do before leaving your house.
This publication offers a simple guide to home maintenance and includes an inspection checklist.
This publication provides some general guidelines for normal infant social, physical and cognitive development.
Right at your doorstep may be many of the answers to the social, educational, and health challenges faced by children, parents, and teachers in the United States. Tips for encouraging outdoor activities with children are included, along with strategies for setting a standard to be outdoors, care for the environment, and spend time with family.
In the event of income or job loss, it is important to reduce family spending right away. Even if you think you will have a new job soon, failing to do this right away can add to the stress and pressure of finding a new job. This factsheet outlines some options to cut and prioritize spending.
Is losing your job a possibility or a reality? Few families have savings to buffer their expenses until they find work again. Acting as if nothing has happened and keeping kids in the dark — letting them think everything is normal — can only last a short while.
This publication offers tips on dealing with stress.
Calentar y enfriar su hogar representan aproximadamente el 43 por ciento de su factura de servicios públicos. Aquí encontrará algunas recomendaciones sobre cómo usted y su familia pueden ahorrar dinero en los costos de calefacción y aire acondicionado.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains characteristics of lizards that distinguish them from other animals.
Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States. This group encompasses families from many countries, such as Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, who speak various languages and dialects. This publication offers suggestions for communicating and working with Latino parents and their children.
This factsheet discusses reasonable accommodation and reasonable modification and fair housing law.
Have you just purchased or inherited land? If your land includes lots of trees, here are some important things to know.
This publication offers tips to people returning to their homes and communities after evacuation during an emergency or disaster.
The publication addresses the dangers of carbon monoxide and provides ways to protect families from harm or death related to carbon monoxide.
When selecting a house, think about more than just the basic structure. The site and environmental factors are other aspects to investigate.
Taking care of a parent, spouse or older relative while holding down a full-time job can be very demanding and stressful. This publication offers information on how to assess your situation and identify additional resources to help.
This factsheet offers tips and resources on securing new employment.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to keep detailed records of butterfly observations and recommends which plants would be most beneficial to local butterflies.
If you stay at your house during an emergency or disaster, take the following actions to ensure you are well prepared.
This publication contains important information and safety tips regarding gasoline-powered generators to be used in an emergency or disaster.
If you have trouble making minimum payments on your credit cards, creditors, in general, will be more likely to work with your family if you contact them before they contact you. This publication offers tips on speaking with your creditors and making a plan to get out of debt.
When money is tight, the first thing families cut is anything considered extra or unnecessary. This factsheet will help you find ways to trade work for fun or spice up free activities in your community.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to collect used materials, construct and strategically place nest boxes for wood ducks.
This publication offers safety tips and first aid procedures to prevent and treat heat stress disorders that may occur during clean-up after a hurricane or other disaster.
This factsheet offers instruction on what to do with your well after a flood.
This publication discusses talking to children about parental job loss and unstable financial situations.
This publication offers tips on how to compare food costs at the grocery store to save money.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explores the nesting and feeding requirements of birds and explains how to build nesting boxes.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to identify and locate household materials to recycle in the construction of archery equipment.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains the physical and technical skills expected of entry-level wildlife and fishery biologists and/or law enforcement officers, and explains how to evaluate personal abilities along with educational and vocational needs and opportunities.
This publication offers tips on choosing a contractor for home repairs after an emergency or disaster.
Do you have a lot of trees on your land? Do you need help taking care of those trees? Would you like to make money form your trees? If so, a forester can help.
This publication provides a scoring chart to help you judge and compare the interiors of various homes and look for ways to improve them.
This publication provides checklists to guide potential buyers as they check out homes before they put in a purchase offer.
If you have a need to buy a car, this publication offers some tips to help you get the most for your money.
One way to save money is by preparing foods yourself or from scratch rather than paying for the added processing costs of the prepared foods available at the grocery store. This publication compares making several foods from scratch versus buying them prepared at the grocery store.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to properly handle, store, dress and prepare wild game or fish.
This publication explains the pelleting process and considerations for consumers interested in either developing small-scale heating pellet production systems or burning pellets to meet their heating needs.
Victims of Hurricane Matthew that took place beginning on October 4, 2016 in parts of North Carolina may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. The President has declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina. Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in the counties of Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson Counties will receive tax relief. Individuals who reside or have a business in Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, and Robeson Counties may qualify for tax relief.
This publication offers information how to recondition farm equipment that has been submerged in floodwaters.
This factsheet outlines steps to take to resolve conflicts and strengthen interpersonal relationships.
This factsheet offers information on what to do if you lose your job.
Si está teniendo problemas para hacer los pagos de su hipoteca, una de las cosas más importantes que puede hacer es buscar ayuda de inmediato, y si es posible, hágalo incluso antes de omitir un pago. Los prestamistas no quieren quitarle su casa, ya que prefieren recibir el pago en lugar de tomar posesión de su vivienda y luego buscar otro comprador. Muchos organismos gubernamentales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro están dispuestos a ayudarle.
This publication offers tips to rid your refrigerator of odors after an extended loss of power due to an emergency or disaster.
Heating and cooling your home account for approximately 43 percent of your utility bill. This publication suggests some ways that you and your family can save money on your heating and cooling costs.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to identify snakes and their behavior in nature.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 offers information about turtles and their role in nature.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to identify nuisance wildlife situations and make recommendations for minimizing damage.
This publication covers how to spot a tornado, where to go during a storm and tornado survival rules and tips.
This publication offers some information about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
This publication offers a list of steps to take for cleanup and repair of your home following a disaster or emergency.
When money is tight, look for ways to reduce household expenditures. This publication offers a number of simple no cost/low cost things you and your family can do to help save money on your utility bill.
This publication offers a checklist of items to ensure your car is in working order in the event of an evacuation during an emergency or disaster.
Leftovers sometimes get a bad reputation. With some preparation, however, leftovers become planned-overs and can make your meal preparation a lot less hectic.
Existe una serie de cosas que puede hacer diariamente para ayudarle a reducir los costos del mantenimiento de su hogar. Aquí le presentamos algunas ideas sencillas y le invitamos a retar a los miembros de su familia a encontrar más y nuevas ideas para ahorrar dinero.
We all know how important it is to eat healthy, but you may ask “How can I eat healthy and still feed my family on a limited budget?” This publication offers some tips that will help you do both.
Consumer credit counseling can help struggling consumers restructure their debt payments within their household budgets. This factsheet offers some tips on selecting a credit counseling agency and what to expect from an agency.
This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains which bodies of water are suitable for amphibian growth and development.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to plant food plots and manipulate the seed bank to improve food resources for white-tailed deer and other wildlife species.
This educational resource for children aged 13-15 explains how to observe urban wildlife, record information and use findings to develop a wildlife habitat improvement plan.
If you are having difficulty making your mortgage payment, one of the most important things you can do is seek assistance right away, if possible before you even miss a payment. Lenders do not want to take your house. This publication will offer tips on preventing foreclosure and how to get help if you're at risk of foreclosure.
There are a number of things you can do each day to help reduce the cost of running a household. This publication offers some simple ideas to help you get started.
¿Cómo está afectando la crisis nanciera a su familia? Algunos niños pueden sentirse ansiosos o deprimidos. La clave está en cómo los padres pueden responder ante esta situación. Si los padres están irritables y en constante conflicto por cuestiones de dinero, es más probable que los niños se vean afectados negativamente.
¿Ha comprado o recibido por herencia un terreno? Si su tierra tiene muchos árboles, hay cosas importantes que usted debe saber.
Cuando el dinero es escaso, busque maneras de reducir los gastos del hogar. Hay una serie de cosas sencillas sin costo o a bajo costo que usted y su familia pueden hacer para ayudar a ahorrar dinero en sus facturas/recibos de servicios públicos (electricidad, agua, gas).