UK researchers seek industry input for bed bug survey


June 1, 2023

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“Bed bugs remain one of the most difficult indoor pests to control, with many questions still unanswered about their potential impacts on human health,” notes Johnalyn Gordon, an entomological doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington, Ky. Because of this, she tells Pest Management Professional, she and other UK researchers are seeking feedback from pest management professionals (PMPs) for a new survey. The survey is designed to help determine what practices are predominantly being used across the industry for treating (and disposing of) bed bugs.

“All responses will be anonymous and confidential,” she confirms to PMP. “Your industry insights are valuable and important for applied pest management research at UK.”

To take the survey, please visit Results will be published in an upcoming issue of Pest Management Professional magazine.

About the University of Kentucky Entomology Department

The department’s stated vision is “to be among the strongest research, extension, and graduate education programs in entomology in the nation.” Its stated mission is as follows:

  • Establishing a creative environment that fosters innovative, creative, and productive faculty, staff, and students.
  • Developing high impact extension, teaching and research programs that address the needs of the citizens of Kentucky, the nation, and the world.
  • Recruiting and training outstanding graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who are highly competitive for quality professional positions.
  • Maintaining a balance between applied and fundamental research programs.
  • Striving for an extramural funding base of competitive federal grants.
  • Supporting high publication productivity in respected peer-reviewed journals.

Its stated core values are as follows:

  • We promote high levels of scholarship, achievement, mentorship, and integrity.
  • We treat all people with dignity, show acceptance, cooperation, empathy, and promote respect for individuals and resources.
  • We promote personal and professional development and diversity of our students, staff, and faculty.
  • We adhere to the highest of standards concerning interpersonal interactions, respect all team members, promote enthusiastic participation and open communication.
  • We strive for continuous improvement in our programs and success of our students.
  • We promote collaborations among members of the department, CAFE, UK, national and international communities.

About the Author

Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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