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Urban Integrated Pest Management 

Office Location: 214 Ellington Plant Science Building
Office Phone: 865-974-7138


Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Major: Entolomology

M.S. Virgina Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Major: Entomology

B. S. Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Major: Plant Science, Option in IPM



Household and Structural Pests

Fire Ants

Child-serving Facility IPM



Extension/Research Description

Our program provides research-base information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of pests found in and around structures to pest management professionals, county Extension agents, Master Gardeners, housing personnel, and the public. Research emphasizes management of ants, bed bugs, subterranean termites and IPM of child-serving facilities.


Representative Publications:

K. M. Vail and J. G. Chandler. 2017. Bed Bug (Hemiptera; Cimicidae) Detection in Low-income, High-Rise Apartments Usinf Four or Fewer Passive Monitors. J. Econ. Entomol. 110: 1187-1194

Oi, D., and K. M. Vail. 2011. Chapter 11: Ants, pp.736-821. In Handbook of Pest Control: The Behavior, Life History and Control of Household Pests by Arnold Mallis, Stoy Hedges ed. dir., The Mallis Handbook LLC, OH.

Toennisson, T. A., Sanders, N. J., Klingeman, W. E., and K. M Vail. 2011. Influences on the Structure of Suburban Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Communities and the Abundance of Tapinoma sessile. Environmental Entomology 60(6): 1397-1404.

Vail, K. M. and Oliver, J. 2010. Managing Fire Ants in and around Tennessee's Schools. PB1788. University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University.


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