It is really nice to have a great university within our proximity here in East Tennessee. The University of Tennessee with the help of local pest agencies has been able to establish scholarships at the graduate level dedicated to the research and treatment to kill bed bugs.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Entomology was given two $25,000 donations assist in its Urban Entomology graduate program.
The graduate-level entomology program, which focuses on dealing with bugs and infestations that affect people and their property, will be supported through a $25,000 support fund as well as an endowed $25,000 scholarship.
“Everyone’s effected by pests in and around their home and it’s nice for the industry to really help us to help them,” said Karen Vail, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. “So they’re going to be providing us a student, but we’re going to be addressing the issues, the difficulties they’re having controlling pests we’re going to try to find some solutions for them.”
The support fund has been named in honor of Vail. Her research was recently acknowledged by the Entomological Society of America-Southeastern Branch through its “Distinguished Award in Urban Entomology.”
One of the biggest problems for experts is bed bugs. The students will do a lot of research to help come up with ways to rid homes of the problems.