Household and Structural Urban Entomology encompasses the many insect pest problems in and around structures used by people. The term urban does not imply these insect pest problems are only found in cities. Urban entomology potentially impacts all citizens of the state and their quality of life. Pest problems associated with humans occur wherever people live, work or play. Research and extension activities in this area of entomology may involve cockroaches, fleas, carpenter ants, fire ants, stored product pests, ticks, biting flies, filth flies, wood destroying insects such as termites, and most other pest problems that are generally considered non-agricultural.
In South Carolina the pest control industry represents revenues estimated at approximately $100 million annually and employs nearly 4,000 people, who in turn provide services for many of the 4.5 million residents of the state. Termite control alone is estimated to cost the consumer in South Carolina approximately $31.9 million, and that does not begin to consider the cost of damage and repair.
Clemson University is responding to the needs of our state's population through research and teaching in urban entomology. Our urban entomology lab collaborates with other university and industry scientists throughout the Southeast in seeking answers to solve real problems in urban entomology for all South Carolinians.
Second Tuesday of each month at noon on Your Day Radio Dr. Eric Benson, Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences, answers all your questions about insects and other household pests.
Read Dr. Eric Benson's Clemson University Urban Entomology Research & Extension columns from the South Carolina Pest Control Association's newsletter Palmetto Pestalk.