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New Pest Identification Guide Available


By: GFB News
2/22/2011 2:34:18 PM


A new pest identification guide that targets pests in and around buildings has the 411 on many critters, ranging from ants to rats. The pocket-sized full color publication, available from LSU AgCenter, is a useful tool for many people.

"School employees who are working in their pest management efforts and pest control technicians are just a few of the groups of people who will find this little publication helpful," says Dr. Fudd Graham, an Auburn University entomologist and a leader in's Urban Integrated Pest Management efforts. "The guide's goal is to provide a resource for kitchen managers, warehouse managers, school principals and others to know what to look for when reporting pests."

The Pest Identification Guide for Pests in and Around Buildings is a 3.5 by 5 inch flip guide will fit in a glove compartment or jacket pocket.

Graham says the guide features excellent photos and good scale representations of a number of pests. . Pest groups covered include ants, cockroaches, flies, pantry pests, paper pests, public health pests, termites, spiders, wasps and bees, and rodents.

"I think it is one of the best guides for the most common pests likely to be found around commercial buildings, homes and schools." In addition to photos and scaled representations, there is descriptive and life cycle information as well information on where the pests are most commonly found

He adds that the guide was developed by a team of entomologists and IPM specialists from a number of Southern universities. Funded by the Southern IPM Center, the guide's primary goal was to provide a resource for school IPM coordinators and others.

Cost is $12, and copies can be ordered online at


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