Urban Entomology

Timothy Schowalter  |  2/12/2009 2:30:19 AM

The Department has been a leader in addressing Urban Entomology. The Department was among the first to develop programs on structural pest management and forensic entomology. Major efforts within this program area include the 20 years of monitoring Formosan subterranean termite populations in New Orleans, the 10-year old termite control project in the French Quarter of New Orleans (coordinated by the Department, in cooperation with the USDA-ARS Southern Region Research and New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board), patents on various termite control methods, including the pop-up bait system, identification of novel plant-derived termite repellents, identification of molecular markers of termite colony identity for assessment of control efficacy, evaluation and development of improved baiting systems for red imported fire ant and other nuisance ants, continuing application of forensic entomology to law enforcement programs, and evaluation of mosquito repellents and control programs focused in urban areas. Eight faculty (including five Graduate Faculty members) address topics under Urban Entomology.

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