Noted Entomologist to Speak on Insects That Suck

Published 07/09 2014 03:05PM

Updated 07/09 2014 04:26PM

ROGERS, AR (News Release) - Of the 1.3 million known species of insects that inhabit the earth, three of the most bothersome are local residents of northwest Arkansas; ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes.

Dr. Dayton Steelman, emeritus professor of Veterinary Entomology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, will present his fascinating three-part program entitled, “Insects that Suck” on Saturday July 19th at the Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center.

The basic biology of ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes will be presented along with the disease causing pathogens and parasites that they transmit to domestic and wild animals as well as to humans.

Reference will be made to where these Arthropods are encountered, how they relate to the host animal and their impact on the health of domestic and wild animals, birds, and humans.

Since this is the time of year we encounter ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes, methods of prevention and control of these Arthropods will also be discussed.

Dr. Steelman’s programs are a must to experience by anyone who has ever encountered these three blood-thirsty critters.

The public is invited to enjoy one, two, or all three of these fascinating and informative programs.

  • “Ticks” 1 p.m.
  • “Chiggers” 2 p.m.
  • “Mosquitoes” 3 p.m.

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