Westfield, Ind.-based Insects Limited has announced that James Feston, director of product research, is the newest staff member to become a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE). He joins President Pat Kelley and research associate Ethan Estabrook as staffers with this distinction, as well as Insects Limited founder (and 2019 Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer) David Mueller.
Feston joined Insects Limited as a lab intern in 2010, helping test and develop insect traps and novel lures. He started in his current role after graduating from Purdue University with a master of science degree in entomology in 2015. His undergraduate degree is also in entomology and from the West Lafayette, Ind.-based university.
“We are so proud that James has passed his exams to become a BCE focusing on urban pests,” Kelley said. “His potential is sky-high to continue to make many influential and positive changes in the fields of entomology and pheromone technology.”
Feston said he enjoys working at the intersection of technology and insect biology to produce products that help people solve problems and control pests. In a recent employee spotlight post, he noted his favorite thing about working at Insects Limited was that “every day is a little different.”
“By earning my BCE, I am excited to join hundreds of other entomology professionals and show my commitment to continued development in the field,” he told PMP.
The recently retired David Mueller founded the pheromone research, development and manufacturing company in 1981, at age 25. Since the beginning, the company’s motto has been “Start with the insect first.”