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Urban entomology is the study of insects associated with the near environments of humans and their companion animals. Worldwide, urbanization is increasing at the rate of 3.8% annually, and in the year 2000 the percentage of individuals living in urban environments (52%) exceeded the percentage living in rural environments for the first time in history. As urban populations increase, the presence of insect pests in these environments can have a significant impact on the social, medical, economic, and aesthetic well-being of people living there.
At MU, programs in Urban Entomology seek to understand more about the insects that inhabit human environments and to mitigate their negative impacts.
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- Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Snow days and winter holidays give parents and child care workers openings to teach kids about the wonders of nature. “Winter break is a great time to teach children about insects and gardening,” says University of Missouri ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2004
There are approximately 2,500 species of termites worldwide. Most are found in tropical areas, while relatively few live in colder climates. Only about 45 species are found in the United States, and most of these are located in southern states. Four ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2003
There are several species of insects and mites that bite human occasionally. Some are encountered indoors while others are found outdoors. Some are specific pests of humans, with no other hosts, while others attack humans incidentally. These insects ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 1997
Lice are small, flat, wingless insects grayish or brownish in color. Each of their legs is equipped with a claw designed exclusively for clasping hair. Human lice historically have been associated with social upheavals, substandard and crowded living ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2014
The name carpenter bee applies to several species of bees in the United States that excavate tunnels in sound wood. The only species of economic importance found in Missouri is Xylocopa virginica (L.), a large species also known from Florida north to ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2008
The boxelder bug, Boisea trivittata, lives outside but may invade homes as temperatures cool in the fall each year. This bug is distinctive in its appearance and coloration (Figure 1). Adult bugs are about 1/2-inch long and 1/6-inch wide. They are ...
Insect identification guide for Future Farmers of America Entomology contest
Identification, life cycle and habits, damage potential, and control measures for dark-winged fungus gnats.
Identification, life cycle and habits, damage potential and control measures for fruit flies.
Identification, life cycle and habits, damage potential, and control measures for green bottle flies.