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15 July 2020 Urban Entomology Highlights From 2019 Help Create Integrated Pest Management Plans
Jennifer R. Gordon
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Urban insect pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches, and bed bugs are more than just nuisances; they often negatively impact structures, landscapes, animal health, commercial food production, food safety, and public health (mental, physical, and financial). Due to the tremendous burden these insects can inflict, researchers, manufacturers, and pest management professionals work to create solutions that effectively manage urban and structural pests. One solution that has proven useful in agriculture is the development of an integrated pest management (IPM) plan; i.e., a science-based approach to pest control that utilizes multiple tactics such as preventative tools, chemical control (sprays, fumigation, and baits), biological control, and exclusion. There are many permutations of urban IPM plans, but in general they consist of five components: 1) identifying the pest, 2) monitoring the pest, 3) developing an intervention plan (including prevention and control techniques), 4) implementing the program, and 5) recording and evaluating the results. The objectives of the current publication were to 1) highlight urban entomology research published in 2019 and 2) show how the results from these publications help pest management professionals create and implement IPM plans.

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Jennifer R. Gordon "Urban Entomology Highlights From 2019 Help Create Integrated Pest Management Plans," Journal of Medical Entomology 57(5), 1342-1348, (15 July 2020).
Received: 26 February 2020; Accepted: 19 May 2020; Published: 15 July 2020

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