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Fighting Mosquitoes

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Living in an old, drafty house calls for rejoicing when we get those occasional beautiful, warm, sunny mid-winter days. But along with taking off extra sweaters and socks, there is also invariably a scramble to kill the inevitable mosquito that manages to hatch and find its way indoors. It won’t be long before we have extended warm days that lead to massive mosquito hatchings. The South Carolina Department of Environmental Control has a fact sheet on do-it- yourself mosquito control but warms that it won’t make up for a community wide, government supported eradication program. But since some mosquitoes, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito and Southern House Mosquito fly only a few hundred feet from their breeding sites, cleaning up your landscape can help reduce the number of blood-suckers on your property.

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.