Test Your Identification Skills With the Termite Teeth Challenge!

Ph.D Candidate and student researcher at the University of Georgia, Allison Johnson, is in need of some help to compare expert identifications of termite teeth to your best identification guesses. Allison works with Dr. Brian Forschler at UGA and they do some really cool work – check out more here https://ent.uga.edu/people/faculty/brian-forschler.html. I took the challengeContinue reading “Test Your Identification Skills With the Termite Teeth Challenge!”

Determining the Best Placement for Rodent Devices at Commercial Food Buildings

Rodent devices at food facilities are typically spaced according to the standards of an auditing body, or a company’s standard operating procedures, or because “that’s just the way we’ve always done it.” Indoors, traps are usually 20-40 feet apart and exterior stations are spaced 50 to 100 feet apart. But, have you ever thought aboutContinue reading “Determining the Best Placement for Rodent Devices at Commercial Food Buildings”

Non-Chemical Bed Bug Management

Bed bugs are one of the most labor-intensive pests that pest management professionals (PMPs) tackle. These tiny, cryptic (i.e. well hidden) creatures can get into almost anything inside of human spaces and are keenly adept at spreading by themselves or hitching a ride. Often, digging into the PMP toolbox and utilizing a combination of toolsContinue reading “Non-Chemical Bed Bug Management”

How Humidity Levels Impact the Most Common Pest No One Knows They Have

Psocids are a group of insects containing about 5,500 species that are commonly referred to as barklice and booklice. Despite the fact that psocids do not bite, research performed in the last 20 years has shown that parasitic lice, like head and body lice, actually share a common ancestor with booklice and therefore should beContinue reading “How Humidity Levels Impact the Most Common Pest No One Knows They Have”

Susceptibility of Midge and Mosquito Vectors to SARS-CoV-2

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is the notorious coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. As is the case with any disease, understanding how SARS-CoV-2 spreads through a population is one of the most important steps in slowing transmission. Early on, scientists determined that the primary mode of infection for SARS-CoV-2Continue reading “Susceptibility of Midge and Mosquito Vectors to SARS-CoV-2”

Finding Ways to Reduce the Risk of Non-Target Rodenticide Exposure in Roof Rat Control

Earlier this month, a research paper was published in the journal Pest Management Science titled “Use of Rodenticide Bait Stations by Commensal Rodents at the Urban-Wildland Interface: Insights for Management to Reduce Non-Target Exposure”. This research was partially funded by a Pest Management Foundation grant made to Dr. Niamh Quinn’s research program at University ofContinue reading “Finding Ways to Reduce the Risk of Non-Target Rodenticide Exposure in Roof Rat Control”

Dung Beetles as Vertebrate Samplers

A biodiversity survey is an important tool that scientists use to gain a baseline understanding of organisms in an ecosystem. These surveys record the abundance (how many) and/or diversity (variety of animals) of species in the environment so scientists can monitor any change over time. The data collected from these surveys are the cornerstone toContinue reading “Dung Beetles as Vertebrate Samplers”

Take a Quiz to see if you Fear Spiders Like Some Entomologists!

Award ceremonies are typically not extremely exciting events. This is not to say that I don’t love them and enjoy fraternizing with my fellow industry folks in jubilant celebration. These events are entirely necessary for industries or organizations to recognize their most distinguished, brightest, or exemplary people. However, the Ig Nobel Prize awards held atContinue reading “Take a Quiz to see if you Fear Spiders Like Some Entomologists!”

Undertakers and Corpse Disposal In The Termite Colony

In North America, termites cause more than $5 million in damage each year. Eastern Subterranean termites are the most widely distributed and most common encountered termite pest in North America. With colonies that can grow to the size of 5 million individuals and assuming a death rate similar to comparable termite species, it is estimatedContinue reading “Undertakers and Corpse Disposal In The Termite Colony”

3 Tips to Take Bug Photos That Entomologists Can Actually Identify

Bug identification is hard, right? That’s why you sometimes need to ask for help from trained entomologists or other qualified experts. Proper insect identification is step one on the path to pest management success for the pest control operator. Entomologists spend a significant amount of their time identifying insects as a part of their job.Continue reading “3 Tips to Take Bug Photos That Entomologists Can Actually Identify”