B. S., Penn State University, 1976
M. S., Penn State University, 1986
Post-graduate credits - 48, 1986 - 1991
Department Focus Areas:
Public Health Entomology
Integrated Pest Management
Insect sampling techniques; insect behaviors; arthropod surveys
Development of educational materials (print, web-based, audio and video) for Pest Control Operators, County Cooperative Extension Agents and the General Public; Identification of insects and related arthropods of home, institution and industry, and recommendations for management of those pests; Lyme disease education.
Research Activities & Interests:
I am interested in the development and interpretation of arthropod survey data, and the comparison of this data to disease distribution, weather patterns, topographic characteristics, etc. Most recently, I developed an economical method to evaluate the effectiveness of mass advertising campaigns, specifically the use of buses to deliver IPM information.
Extension Activities & Interests:
My duties include arthropod identification and control recommendations for urban, household and public health arthropods. I produce entomological fact sheets (Entomological Notes) relating to urban, household and public health arthropods.
I also provide presentations to extension audiences, pesticide applicators, and for resident education courses as a guest lecturer.
As a Chair of the Great Insect Fair, I facilitate the development of themes and new attractions, handle publicity arrangements and sponsorship.
I am currently the Department of Entomology Extension Coordinator, representing our unit at the College level and facilitating/leading quarterly Entomology Extension meetings.
Since 2007 I have been a member of the NEIPM Community IPM Working Group.
Jacobs, S. B. 1986. The importance of ground crickets Allonemobius spp. in conservation-tilled alfalfa. (symposium abstract). In Proceedings of an International Symposium on Establishment of Forage Crops by Conservation-tillage: Pest Management. 1:31.
Jacobs, S. B., L. A. Hull and E. G. Rajotte. 1988. Apple, evaluation of fenoxycarb for TABM control, 1987. Insecticide and Acaricide Tests. 13:21A.
Jacobs, S. B., R. A. Byers and S. G. Anderson. 1992. Habitat and Food Preferences of Allonemobius allardi and Potential Damage to Alfalfa in Conservation-Tillage Systems. J. Econ. Entomol. 85(5): 1933-1939.
Snetsinger, R. J., S. B. Jacobs, K. C. Kim, and D. R. Tavris. 1993. Extension of the Range of Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Pennsylvania. J. of Med. Entomol. 30(4): 795-798.