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Creepy Crawlers

A new PEPS course will cover urban pests and medically-important insects

  • 9 August 2021
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Creepy Crawlers

Get up close and personal with ants, termites, roaches, mosquitoes, flies, fleas, lice, and ticks!

Before you flinch, consider that the more you know about insects, the more you’ll understand ways to control or prevent them. And one option is, “Medical & Urban Entomology,” which will start this Fall from the Dept. of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences.

The new 3-credit hybrid course will explore the biology, identification, ecology, behavior, health and economic impacts of urban pests and medically-important insects. Students will learn about insects associated with homes and structures and environmentally-friendly or sustainable ways to manage them with minimal insecticide application.

But wait, there’s more!

Lectures will also cover the role of insects and other arthropods as vectors of diseases. This will include their biology, impact of pests on human populations, the clinical signs and symptoms of resultant diseases, and pest prevention/control approaches, in order to improve human health, well-being, and environmental health.

All majors are welcome. Watch this INTRO VIDEO for more information, and contact Jia-Wei Tay if any questions.

  • PEPS 463 (CRN: 88203) will meet on Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. (in-person then online synchronous and asynchronous)
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