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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Entomology Online Masters Program Final Project. Lincoln, Nebraska.


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Introduction -- The following booklet is meant to familiarize members of my organization with several important pests that are found on our product labels. My role in R&D is to evaluate the insecticidal performance of consumer pest control products and move them through the development process from initial screening to EPA claims validation. Another important part of my job is to educate a diverse team colleagues on various topics in entomology. This document will allow me to have basic life history and other important information available for the most common pest questions that come my way.

Public Health and Structural Pests -- There are approximately 20 species of public health/structural pests that we normally deal with when performance testing. The EPA has established a list of major pests and a set of testing guidelines that we must follow to make specific claims on a product label. This document includes some of the most important pests that we test including ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, ticks and wasps.

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