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Household & Structural

Research in the Structural Pest Management program focuses on the behavior, biology,
ecology, and management of insects that commonly invade buildings (e.g., ants and cockroaches) and destroy wood (e.g., carpenter ants and subterranean termites).

Current research in our laboratory includes studying odorous house ant foraging and reproductive behavior, carpenter ant foraging behavior and monitoring, and subterranean termite caste differentiation and colony characteristics. IPM programs for bed bugs are receiving extensive research attention.

Current Research Projects in the Urban Center:

  • Foraging ecology in odorous house antsand other common ants
  • Subterranean termite basic biology (species composition, population ecology and territory mapping, and caste differentiation)
  • Community-wide cockroach IPM in public housing
  • Insecticide resistance in the German cockroach
  • Efficacy of non-chemical controls for cockroaches

For information on Structural Pest Management contact Dr. Gary Bennett, Dr. Grzesiek Buczkowski, Dr. Kurt Saltzmann, or Dr. Mike Scharf.

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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2089
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