What can we help you with today?
Help with identifying and controlling pests in your home
Dealing with pests in your home
The first step in helping you solve your pest problem in your home is to first get an accurate identification of the insect involved. Intact and well-preserved specimens will provide us the best chance for accurate identification. Also, we ask that you kill any insects prior to mailing them to us. For larger insects, you can place them in a sealed container (ie. a used pill bottle), and stick them in a freezer overnight to kill them. For smaller and soft bodied insects, you can also stick them in rubbing alcohol or white vinegar in a sealed container. Do not place insects in water, as this will not preserve specimens.
In addition to insects samples, we also encourage sending us photos of specimens in advance. We can often times get enough detail from an image (even from a cell phone camera) to make an identification. When sending photos, please use a ruler or reference item, so we can determine the size of the organism.
What you can do:
Looking for bee and wasp removal information
Bee Swarm Removal
The LSU AgCenter maintains a list of experienced professionals in the area that specialize in bee and/or wasp removal. Unfortunately, the LSU Department of Entomology does not do swarm capture at this time.
Insect-related events and activities in Louisiana
Fun and educational insect activities in Louisiana
While Louisiana in itself has a lot of fascinating insect diversity and habitats, there are also local places in the area you can learn more about insects. Here are a few recommendations:
Zika virus information
The LSU department of entomology will continue to provide timely updates on Zika virus in the United States. Click the links below for more information on Zika virus, and mosquito-borne viruses in Louisiana
Dr. Christina Mogren, Postdoctoral Researcher within the LSU Department of Entomology, recently developed the Urban Pollinator Conservation Series of fact sheets and information on ways to protect pollinators in urban areas. She is also assisting researchers at the Burden Research Station in establishing a pollinator garden for the public.
Looking for information on specific insects
The LSU Department of Entomology conducts research on various insect pests, including those that are pests of plants, animals, and humans. If you are looking for information on a specific type of insect, you have multiple options.
Insect Photos (Bug Shots)
Insect Photos (Bug Shots)
Claudia Husseneder, LSU Department of Entomology, is an amateur photographer, and entomologist. In the Bug Shots pages, she has put together fun and informative fact sheets on common insects in Louisiana. Click here for more information.
Looking for school (K-12) activities and lessons
The LSU department of entomology has numerous resources to assist K-12 schools with lesson plans, guest lectures, and other materials. Our graduate students (as well as faculty and staff) frequently visit elementary and middle schools throughout the year to provide presentations on insects. This includes our traveling insect zoo, live honey bee displays, live cockroaches, mosquitoes, scope on a rope, insects as sources of food, and other material. Our annual AgMagic display features around the concept of touching, smelling, hearing, tasting, and seeing insects up close. We also frequently have schools and small groups visit our insect museum to see various displays of preserved insects up close.
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Looking for information on beneficial insects
While we often emphasize the importance of insects as pests and transmission of disease causing pathogens, numerous insects are also considered beneficial. Beneficial insects are those that benefit the environment by providing a service (through pollination services or pest control). These beneficial insects are often used to help control weeds and insects that are considered pests.