UCR Urban Entomology
UCR Urban Entomology
UCR Urban Entomology
University of California
UCR Urban Entomology

ENTM133 Urban Entomology

urban insects

Cockroaches? Termites? Ants? Bed bugs? Flour beetles? Even Spiders? 

Learn about insects you would have in and around your house / apartment building! 

Urban Entomology is a very special subdiscipline within Entomology first recognized by Professor Walter Ebeling at UCLA with his seminal publication, Urban Entomology, written in 1975. Urban Entomology studies arthropod pests of urban importance.

For example, Urban Entomology covers: 

(1) Pest problems resulting from modification of the environment by people

(2) Insect pest in and around structure or building

(3) Insect pest problems associated with urbanization

(4) Insect pest problems in recreational areas


Course outline

ENTM 133 Urban Entomology, 4 units, Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

Offered in Spring quarter (even years)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100/ENTM 100 or consent of instructor. Biology and management of arthropod pests of the urban- industrial community with an emphasis on structural, household, and stored product pests.

Exercises on the recognition and identification of these pests, their life histories, and strategies for their control. Opportunities for literature study, group discussion / presentation exercise, and practical bioassays using live test organisms will be provided.


Course syllabus


Sample lecture slides


Cockroach Biology

Cockroach Control

Fleas, ticks, and mites

Bed bugs

Miscellaneous pest 

Fabric pests

Fabric pest reading 1

Fabric pest reading 2

Stored product pests

Stored product pests control 

Ant biology (new)

Ant management (new)

Wasps, yellowjackets, and bees

Wood destroying organisms

WDO - Hymenoptera


Questions? Contact Dr. Dong-Hwan Choe at donghwan.choe@ucr.edu 

Webmaster Email: donghwan.choe@ucr.edu