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Identifying and Controlling Bedbugs

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension. Only one in four persons bitten by a bedbug gets a reaction, and older persons are even more unlikely to develop a welt and itching. You may react and your spouse may not. Although bedbugs can be a difficult problem to control if you get an infestation, take some comfort in knowing that they do not carry diseases. If you see a suspicious insect, put it in a container with alcohol and take it to your local Clemson Extension office. If you have bedbugs, the first step is to clean your bed, install mattress and box spring covers that are bedbug proof, and set the feet of the frame in bedbug proof containers. These steps and more can be found If you search for information in such a way that you only pull up extension sources. For example, "how to bedbug proof your bed." site:edu.

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.