Visitors to the N.C. State Fair last fall may have noticed a larger-than-life insect lurking in the Scott Building. The creature, an oversize bedbug, was created by NCDA&CS employee Laura Stover to help promote bedbug awareness for the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division. Since the fair, the bedbug has made numerous appearances at trade shows, board meetings and special events. Most recently, the bedbug made an appearance in a public service announcement for the Housing Authority at N.C. State University.
If you’re interested in learning more about bedbugs, or how you can prevent an infestation, check out our interview with Dr. Jung Kim, environmental senior specialist with the department’s Sleep Products Section. You also can find more information on the department’s website at www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/sleep/Bedbugs.