There are over two million species of insects on the planet today. Insects make up more than two-thirds of all known organisms, and have been around for 400 million years. The study of insects, or entomology, has also been around for quite a long time. So what exactly does an entomologist do?
Early entomologists would study crop insects and would come up with ways to treat insect infestation. Today, many entomologists study a specific order or family of insects, and focus on specific topics, such as molecular genetics, physiology, nutrition, morphology, ecology and forensics.
Entomologists will also study the ways in which different insects interact with humans, crops, and the world around them. For example, an entomologist may study the effect of insects in spreading disease among humans, or how a locust infestation may affect agriculture and crops. Some entomologists even study the evolution of insects, which dates back millions of years. These entomologists can get a sneak peek into the age of the dinosaurs through their work with tiny insects.
Here at HomeTeam Pest Defense, we understand how important it is to have an extensive knowledge base of insects and how they function in today’s world. That’s why we have a number of entomologists on our team who keep up with the latest pest treatments available on the market.
By understanding insects we see on a regular basis, our entomologists know how a specific pesticide or treatment method will affect them. Does granular bait control the pest or is a liquid formulation better? How long will it take to control the pest? What are the reproductive capabilities of the pest? Can the pest cause damage to a home or harm a person? These are some questions that entomologists are constantly working on helping us become even better pest control professionals.
If you’re interested in learning more about different treatments, give us a call today. We’d be happy to talk about bugs with you.