Vicky Bertagnolli

Consumer Horticulture Extension Agent
Horticulture Program Team, Aiken County Cooperative Extension Office

Office: Aiken/Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC)
Phone: 803-508-7735


 Educational Background

M.S. Entomology
Auburn University 2016

B.S. Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University 2000

A.A. General Studies
James H. Faulkner Community College 1997

 Courses Taught

Virtual Master Gardener Training Course
Aiken County Master Gardener Training Course
Lexington County Master Gardener Training Course
Midlands Master Gardener Training Course
Pesticide Calibration and Safety Workshop
Commercial Pesticide Applicator Licensing Prep Course


Vicky Bertagnolli serves as a Consumer Horticulture Agent, a Virtual Extension Agent, and the "bug geek" in Aiken County and with the Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC).

Before joining Clemson in January 2008, Vicky spent seven years as a full-time research technician with Auburn University's Alabama Fire Ant Management Program. Vicky's research program examined the mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical control of fire ants. In addition to fire ant research, Vicky worked with the School IPM Program and the Pesticide Safety Education Program. Vicky gained practical knowledge of IPM while working part-time for a small, privately owned pest control company.

Vicky's areas of expertise include imported fire ant biology and management, insect identification, and urban pest management using integrated pest management (IPM).

Vicky is active on local and programmatic social media, makes regular appearances on SCETV's Making It Grow, travels the state for speaking engagements, developed the HGIC's "What is it? Wednesday", manages the Horticulture Program Team's monthly learning sessions, and provides horticulture-related information to local, statewide, national, and international clients.

Vicky holds a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University and was awarded her M.S. in Entomology from Auburn University on August 6, 2016.