What is urban entomology?
Urban entomology is the study of insects
and related arthropods that impact people and
their property. In the past
urban entomologists often focused their attentions
on just two insects - termites and cockroaches.
Now the field is expanded to include
structural pests, like termites, carpenter ants
and powderpost beetles as well as numerous
nuisance-type pests like ants and boxelder bugs
and even some medically important pests (see The
Complete 'Bugs Index). Garden and landscape
pests are sometimes included in urban entomology,
or in the more specialized field of horticultural
Happily, the emphasis in urban entomology
in recent years has been on least-toxic approaches
to the management of these pests. "Least-toxic"
means minimal toxicity to people and domesticated
animals as well as low environmental impact.