“The home gardener deals with a large number of insect pests, while frequently overlooking the importance of beneficial insects that help reduce pest problems in their garden,” Dr. Paul Semtner said.
He will discuss the general life cycles, classification and the damage caused by major arthropod pests in home gardens and ornamentals.
Not all bugs are destructive pests, many of them serve an important purpose in your garden as well as a vital role in our ecosystem. Beneficial insects keep the population of pest insects in check and provide food for birds and other wildlife.
Dr. Semtner grew up on a small livestock farm in south-central Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Oklahoma State University in 1972. He was hired as an assistant professor of entomology at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont AREC in 1974 to conduct research and extension programs in tobacco insect pest management. Retiring in 2010 after 36 years of service, he continues to volunteer for entomology programs for Master Gardeners, 4-H, schools, state parks and the annual Farm and Family Day the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont AREC.