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More Tips for Avoiding Bedbugs While Travelling

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. When you go into your hotel room, first put your suitcase and clothes bag in the bathroom. Pull the sheets and mattress pad away from each corner of the bed and using a flashlight with a strong directed beam examine the cording and crevices for rusty colored spots from bedbug fecal matter or for cast skins of molted insects. Do the same for the box spring. Examine the area behind the head board especially if it is attached to the wall --- remember bed bugs can hide in crevices as thin as a credit card. If you don’t see any signs of bedbugs in these places, the room is probably free of these pests.   If you do see signs of bedbugs, ask management to move you to another room  but one not adjacent to the one you’re vacating.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.