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Household and Structural Urban Entomology

Household and Structural Urban Entomology encompasses the many insect and other pest problems in and around structures used by people. The term urban does not imply these 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 involves cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, carpenter ants, fire ants, stored product pests, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, filth flies, wood destroying insects such as termites, and most other pest problems that are generally considered non-agricultural.

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites in the United State causes over $5 billion in property damage annually. Cockroaches can spread 33 different kinds of bacteria and their dropping or decomposing bodies can trigger allergic and asthma symptoms, especially in children. Encounters with stinging insects send over a half million people to emergency rooms each year and 1 in 5 Americans has had a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs. In South Carolina there are over 1000 licensed pest control businesses that in turn provide services for many of the over 5 million residents of the state. Revenues for the household and structural pest management industry in SC are over $500 million annually.

Clemson University is responding to the needs of our state's population through research and teaching in urban entomology, especially training program for pest management professional. Our urban entomology lab collaborates with other university and industry scientists throughout the Southeast in seeking answers to solve current and evolving problems in urban entomology for all South Carolinians.

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How To Get Rid Of Termites, According To An Expert

Southern Living

In the forest and other natural settings, termites are beneficial insects that recycle woody debris, such as dead trees, and return nutrients to the soil. But when they attack our houses, it’s a totally different story. “Termites are the most destructive insect of homes around the world,” says Eric Benson, PhD, professor emeritus and extension entomologist with Clemson University. “They have a hidden life and can do a significant amount of damage before they’re ever discovered.”

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Household & Structural Urban Entomology
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