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Chosing an Insect Repellent

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. I say that my favorite cologne is eau de Deet. D E E T insecticide, that is. I cannot abide being bitten by mosquitoes and do spray whenever I am outdoors and mosquitoes are active. The Environmental Protection Agency is working with companies that manufacture insect repellents to come up with an informational graphic. And it should be on some products this summer. This design shows what pest is repelled, be it tick or mosquito or both. It also tells you how long the product repels that pest in number of hours. You can then choose a product based on what pest you expect to see and how long you’ll be outside. The companies have to go through an extra review with the EPA before they can show this graphic on their product, so you can be confident the information is correct.

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.