ENY-5223C, Biology and Identification of Urban Pests, 3 Credits
My goal for this distance education class is to maintain the same schedule as students taking the class on campus and in the classroom. Lecture CDs, syllabus, course schedule, class notes, and assignments are available from the course website (http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/koehler/eny3222/) for download. You will have to email the instructor to obtain the password for the site. The following is a general concept for keeping on schedule:
Lectures M W-- Lectures should be accomplished on or before the date listed
Laboratories F-- Assignments due and submitted to instructor by email on date listed
Instructor: Philip G. Koehler
Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 weekdays
Course Description: This course will cover the life cycle, behavior, and biology of urban pests, such as cockroaches, termites, fleas, stored food insects, flies, and ants. Understanding of the damage these insects cause and sources of infestations will be emphasized.
1. Learn to recognize wood destroying insects and their damage and understand their biology and life cycles.
2. Learn to recognize cockroaches, their biology, and life cycles.
3. Identify blood-sucking insects and understand their biology
4. Recognize pest ant species and their colony structure.
5. Recognize important stored food pests.
Text: Mallis, Arnold. Handbook
Class CDs: Contain lectures, reading assignments, class notes, class schedule, and syllabus. The CDs should be downloaded from eLearning (lss.at.ufl.edu) or will be provided
Lecture Notebook: Print this on your own from the CD. You can have it printed/bound at a copy store if you desire.
Special Research Project: Special research project must be approved by instructor, and should be an in-depth review of the scientific literature. The research project report must be written as a scientific paper in Entomological Society of America format. Powerpoint presentation and written script will be a 10 minute scientific paper suitable for presentation at a scientific meeting. Student has the option of presenting the research project orally, on site in Gainesville, or by submission of the presentation and script for a grade.
Grading: The course is based on 700 total points:
Midterm -- 200 points
Final exam – 200 points
Laboratories – 200 points
Special research project and presentation – 100 points
Grading scale (%):
a result of completing the registration form at the
the members of the
UF Counseling Services:
Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:
2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling
Sexual Assault Recovery Services,
All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damage and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken, as appropriate.
Information for Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office for Student Services to determine the appropriate classroom accommodations. Any student requesting classroom accommodations must be registered with the Dean of Students Office, P202 Peabody Hall, 392-1261(TDD - 392-3008), and have documentation on file in the office of Student Services in order to receive classroom and/or examination accommodations. For students with hearing disabilities trying to contact an office that does not list a TDD, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771.
UF Policy on E-mail:
Specific Directions for CDs
Log onto the course website (http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/koehler/eny4660/) using the password provided by the instructor.
1. Read the assignment in textbook for each class before listening to the lecture.
2. Print the lecture notes for each class. You may want to go to a copy store to have the notes printed and bound.
3. Put lecture notebook and pen/pencil at a convenient place in front of a computer.
A. You will need sound so make sure the computer has speakers and sound capabilities turned on.
4. Insert CD into computer. It should autoload. If autoload is turned off:
1. Go to Windows desktop.
2. Double click “My computer”
3. Double click on “UrbanBioEntCD.exe”
B. Mac : the CD will not work properly on a Mac computer
4. Each lecture has
A. A title slide that has the time you need to plan for completion of each lecture.
B. An objectives slide that presents the objectives of each lecture.
C. Content slides that present the lecture information
D. Practice essay questions slide
4. View each slide. Start each lecture by clicking on the menu on the left. Sound or video is played automatically for each slide.
A. The next slide is advanced automatically.
B. You can control the sound/video volume and replay sound by sliding the bar controls.
C. Video can be advanced or rewound by sliding the bar under the video.
C. You can go to other slides by clicking on the menu at the left side of screen.
5. As each slide is playing sound, take notes in the lecture notes.
A. Some slides are color coded. The teal (light blue color) for text indicates that more important information about the word/subject will be orally presented.
B. You have the capability of repeating portions or all of the sound for each slide to hear the information again.
C. You can read additional information from the textbook for each slide.
6. Complete the practice essay questions.
A. These questions are good examples for you to study
A. You should download your laboratory assignment on Friday of each week.
B. Assignments may require internet access and familiarity with browsing the internet.
C. Submit your completed laboratory assignment to eLearning by the due date for the laboratory to get full credit. The laboratory assignments are due on Mondays.
8. It is your responsibility to stay on schedule. Make sure you complete the lectures on or before the date on the syllabus.
List of Lectures
1. Overview of Urban Entomology
2. Orders of Arthropods that are Urban Pests
4. Cockroaches (Problems)
5. Cockroaches (Blattellidae)
6. Cockroaches (Blattidae)
7. Composition and Structure of Wood
9. Subterranean termites
10. Non-Subterranean termites
11. Wood-boring Beetles
12. Wood Decay & Other WDOs
13. Pests in Damp Locations
14. Delusory Parasitosis
15. Biting flies & Mosquitoes
16. Lice & bugs
20. Ticks and Mites
21. Pests of Fabric
22. Pests of Paper
27. Spiders and Scorpions
29. Stored Food Pests
30. Filth Flies & Small Flies (Gnats)