Pest Management

antsPest management is one of the signature research areas of the Department of Entomology. Purdue has one of the premier urban entomology programs in the country. The urban entomology research encompasses such diverse subjects as management of general and structural pests, food industry pest management, ornamental pest management, turfgrass pest management, forensic entomology, and vector biology. The Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management is a model for university and industry partnerships. Crop and livestock pest management emphasizes traditional IPM practices such as pest biology, sampling, economic thresholds, cultural and biological control and evaluation of pesticides. Research also targets more modern IPM issues such as resistance management in GMO crops and the effects of biofuel production on IPM strategies. Several faculty are also involved in organic production systems. The research interests of our faculty in this area are as follows:


Behavioral ecology and genetics of ants

Genetics and genomics of arthropod vectors of disease

Integrated management of field crop pests

Behavior and integrated management of food pests

Turfgrass entomology and applied ecology

Ecology of herbivores and natural enemies on specialty crops

Biological control of pests of ornamental plants in landscapes

Horticultural integrated pest management

Horticultural integrated pest management


Indiana State Survey Coordinator, CAPS

Insect Diagnostician, Turf Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management Specialist