Arthropods that aren’t of medical or economic concern can often still be a nuisance in homes, but they’re comparatively under-studied. New research on such “nuisance arthropods” in homes shows the utility of sticky traps in detection—and stark differences in what residents might report observing versus the arthropods that are actually there.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In the past year, numerous Asian American and Pacific Islander entomologists have earned ESA awards, been featured in ESA publications, or served in key volunteer roles. Get to know these members and their accomplishments.
Monitoring for cockroach infestations in homes and buildings is hindered by a lack of effective and practical attractants, but researchers at Rutgers University say a mix of extracts from apple and blueberry has proven highly effective in lab and field settings and could lead to more successful cockroach integrated pest management programs.
A study of the spatial distribution of German cockroaches in a high-rise apartment building found infestations were clustered in groups of adjacent units. But a building-wide integrated pest management program can be successful in eliminating most infestations and, importantly, stopping the cockroaches from migrating from one apartment to the next.
Most Essential oils don't work to control bed bugs, although there are a few exceptions