Urban entomologists work with arthropod and vertebrate pests that damage structures or landscape plants, infest food or food processing facilities, or those pests that are simply a nuisance to homeowners.
The Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management was established in the Entomology Department at Purdue University to address the various needs of the pest management industry. As such, it provides additional training, educational resources, and research on pest biology, behavior, and management.
The Center was designed with a multi-disciplinary approach in mind, drawing on the expertise of faculty and professional staff who have research experience and extension responsibilities for the disciplines that fall under the urban and industrial pest management umbrella. Dr. Gary Bennett is the Director of the Center, and helps facilitate the work in research and extension.