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Ants are a common pest in both urban and agricultural areas. Many of the biggest concerns regarding ants in Louisiana are the fire ant, the tawny crazy ant, and pest ants in homes. Click on the links below for more information on various ants.
The thought of bed bugs can easily cause much stress and concern. Bed bugs are excellent at hiding in cracks and crevices, and coming out at night for a blood meal when people are sleeping. For more information on these pests, click the links below.
Bees are important insects that benefit the environment through pollination. While most bees are beneficial to the environment, some can be considered pests. Click the links below to learn more. (Note that specific information on honey bees is included in its own separate tab below).
There are many important insects that are beneficial in the environment. In particular, many of these insects are commonly used as biological control agents, since they target very specific pests. Click the links below to find out more.
Crickets and Grasshoppers
Dragonflies and damselflies
Dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful and graceful insects that are incredibly agile fliers. Many of these colorful species are beneficial, because they eat pest insects as both nymphs and adults. Click the links below for more information.
Forensic entomology is the use of insects to help solve crimes. Several important insect groups include maggots, adult flies, and beetles. LSU Entomology offers courses in Forensic Entomology. To learn more about the use of insects to solve crimes, click the links below.
Giant salvinia weevil
Giant salvinia is an invasive plant to local ponds. The plant develop so rapidly, it quickly spreads across an entire aquatic area. Researchers in the LSU department of entomology, are studying the Giant Salvinia weevil as a means of helping to control the spread of this invasive plant species. Click the links below for more information
Honey bees are important pollinators to plants, and produce honey and wax. Honeybees are such important pollinators that 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat rely on bees for pollination. Click the links below for more information on keeping bees.
Horse flies and deer flies
Horse fly and deer fly adults obtain blood by cutting into the skin and licking up the pooling blood. This unique feeding behavior, along with high numbers around animals, they can become quite a large pest. For more information, click the links below.
Kissing bugs get their name from the behavior to bite close to the mouth while people are sleeping. The biggest concern with kissing bugs is their potential to transmit Chagas disease. While we have the vector insects, Chagas disease is much more common in central and south America, due to the behavior of these insects, along with improved housing and infrastructure. You can learn more by clicking the links below.
Thanks to proper hygiene, body lice (and epidemic typhus) are far much less of a concern than they were 100 years ago. However, head lice are still important today, and can cause pain and grief in those dealing with controlling them. Click the links below for more information.
Livestock Pest Management
Livestock are an important commodity in Louisiana, and also require their own methods of pest management. Click the links below to learn more about IPM for livestock animals.
Love bugs get their name from their common behavior of prolonged mating flights. These mating love bugs can commonly be collected throughout the warm seasonal months. For more information, click the links below.
Mites can be challenging to identify, due to their small size. The two most important pest mites to humans includes the scabies mite, and the chigger. Identification of mites is best accomplished through a specialized dermatologist. For more information on mites, please click the links below.
Mosquitoes are important nuisance pests and vectors of disease-causing pathogens in Louisiana. In Louisiana, we have over 60 recognized species of mosquitoes, each with different host preferences, larval habitats, and importance. Our greatest concerns annually include the risk for West Nile virus, along with threats from large levels of nuisance mosquitoes. Click the links below for more information.
Pest Management Guides
In addition to the annual Louisiana Pest Management Guide, the LSU Department of Entomology and AgCenter produce numerous IPM and Best Management Practice guidelines. Click the links below for more information.
Pollinators include more than just bees and wasps. Many other groups of insects can serve as important pollinators, including flies, butterflies, and beetles. For more information on pollinators and pollinator protection and conservation, click the links below.
Rice is an important crop in Louisiana and requires important pest management strategies for controlling insect pests. Click through the links below for more information.
Robber flies are an interesting group of flies that are predators of other insects. They are strong and agile flyers, that are capable of capturing insects in flight. They can be quite beneficial by killing and eating several biting flies and insects. Click the links below for more information.
There are numerous insect pests that affect soybeans. Click through the links below to find out more about insect pests on soybeans and ways to control them.
While many people are afraid of spiders, very few can cause any serious harm. Most spiders can be beneficial and kill off other pests in your home. The two spiders to be concerned about include the brown recluse spider, and the black widow spider. Click the links below for more information.
Termites are an important group of insects, as they can cause destruction to homes, structures, and personal property. Click through the links below to find out more about different kinds of termites, their biology, and ways to control them.
While ticks are not insects, many entomologists study ticks due to their importance in medical and veterinary entomology. Ticks are important throughout the United States, and can transmit disease-causing pathogens, such as those that cause Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Fortunately, these pathogens are much less common in Louisiana compared to other parts of the United States. Click the links below for more information.
Wasps are similar to bees, except they lack the furry hairs. However, just like bees, wasps can be beneficial to the environment, such as through pollination, or as predators or parasitoids to other pest insects. However, many wasps can also be pests, so it is important to know the difference. Click the links below for more information.