Insect Advice from Extension

Have a problem with insects, or would you like to know more about them?

The Department of Entomology's Cooperative Extension program strives to provide up-to-date information about integrated pest management (IPM) that can be easily accessed by agriculture and pest control communities, the general public, and cooperative extension professionals throughout the state. Information is available on beneficial insects as well as pests that can affect our daily lives. The menu at the left is broken down into specific areas of interest.

For insect problems and identification:

  • Insect Fact Sheets - description, life cycle, and management information
  • Image Gallery - images of common Pennsylvania insects, including bees, wasps, carpenter ants, termites, ticks, gypsy moths, and many more
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Insect Identification--frequently, staff at your local county extension office will be able to identify insects. You may also contact the Department of Entomology Insect Identification Lab at 814-865-3256.

What's new in Entomology Cooperative Extension:

  • Bed Bug Information - Bed bugs are making a comeback in apartment buildings, dorm rooms, hotels, hospitals and homes across the country due to people traveling more frequently, resistance to pesticides and lack of public awareness.
  • Conserving Wild Bees for Pennsylvania brochure available -- Conserving Wild Bees for Pennsylvania is the first brochure of the new Agroecology in Practice series authored by Tara Pisani Gareau. The 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 four color publication includes practical guidelines for land managers on how to conserve wild bees for improved crop production through habitat enhancements, conservation of nesting sites, and judicious use of pesticides. The brochure folds out to an 11" x 17" poster with colorful, high resolution pictures of wild bees found in Pennsylvania along with a table of Pennsylvania native plants shown in PSU research to be attractive to bees.  The publication will also be made available to you on-line at for print on-demand.  You may direct questions about publication content to the author. All other inquiries may be directed to the PDC. Please respond to which is the central email account.

What is Penn State Cooperative Extension?


Penn State Cooperative Extension is an educational network providing Pennsylvania residents access to the University's resources and expertise. County extension offices are located across the state, making access to programs available to everyone. These programs range from 4-H clubs, time and stress management, gardening and landscaping, food safety, economic development, crop production, and much more.