'Bugs is about insects and related critters like mites, ticks and spiders that impact people and property, a field of study called urban entomology. While most of these bugs are harmless or even beneficial, a few pose a genuine risk. My goal is to help you tell the difference between pest situations that need attention and those that may not, and to help you solve problems in a safe, responsible, and environmentally friendly way.
Research has shown that the best approach to pest control is something called integrated pest management, or IPM. IPM involves a series of steps that differ somewhat depending on the circumstances but all involve pest identification, damage assessment, and finally least-toxic control methods.
I retired from Oregon State University in 2004 where I was an Extension urban entomologist for 16 years (see my resume; and/or google "Jack DeAngelis Insects"). I have over 25 years of experience in urban entomology, agricultural research, Cooperative Extension, and teaching, and I hold a PhD in Entomology.
'Bugs has been online since 2004 and as such has undergone lots of changes. We are now (2019) in the midst of another major upgrade as we move toward a more "mobile friendly" format. At its core 'Bugs is a set of articles about identification, life history, and where appropriate, least-toxic control of household and garden "bugs". In other words we always suggest an IPM approach to pest management around homes.
How to Search 'Bugs for information
We maintain well over 200 articles about insects and mites that affect people and property. The easiest way to find specific articles is to open the Google search page and type: "your query"+site:livingwithbugs.com into the search box. For example, to find all 'Bugs articles about carpenter ants type carpenter ants + site:livingwithbugs.com.
The resulting list of pages may contain some Google advertising (marked as "Ad") as well as relevant pages from 'Bugs. These ads do not originate with 'Bugs.
If, on the other hand, you know what you are looking for it might be easier to scan our Index and Site Map of covered topics. Topics are categorized as: