Charlie Pitts, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of Entomology
Charlie Pitts, Ph.D.
501 ASI Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. B.S., Mississippi State University, 1960
  2. M.S., Kansas State University, 1962
  3. Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1965


Livestock pest management; sensory physiology and behavior.


Integrated pest management of insects attacking man and animals.


Medical Entomology

Research Activities and Interests:

My program focuses on the effect of larval medium on housefly development, particularly pH effect on development; techniques for studying nocturnal behavior; and odors associated with animal wastes and flies.

Extension Activities and Interests:

I am developing an integrated pest management program for livestock production systems in Pennsylvania and the Northeast.

Relevant Publications:

Pitts, C. W., P. C. Tobin, B. Weidenboerner, P. H. Patterson, and E. S. Lorenz. 1997. In-house composting to reduce larval house fly, Musca domestica L., populations. J. Applied Poultry Research Vol. 6, No. 4.

Tobin, P. C. and C. W. Pitts. 1999. Flotation method for extracting insects from poultry manure samples. J. Med. Entomol. 36(1):121-123.

Tobin, P. C. and C. W. Pitts. 1999. Dispersal of Muscidifurax raptorellus Kogan and Legner (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) in a high-rise poultry facility. Biological Control 16:68-72.

Rutz, D. A. and C. W. Pitts. 1999. Pest management principles for the pesticide applicator. Agricultural Animal Pest Control.

Tobin, P. C., S. J. Fleischer, and C. W. Pitts. 1999. Spatio-temporal dynamics of resident and immigrating populations of Carcinops pumilio (Coleoptera: Histeridae) in high-rise poultry facilities. J. Med. Entomol. 36(5):568-577.

Gray, J. P., C. W. Maddox, P. C. Tobin, J. D. Gummo and C. W. Pitts. 1999. Reservoir competence of Carcinops pumilio for Salmonella enteritidis (Eubacteriales: Enterobacteriaceae). J. Med. Entomol. 36(6):888-891.