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)