Paul B. Baker Ph. D.

As an Extension Entomologist in the Department of Entomology my interests have focused on the biology, ecology and control of subterranean termites. Itís my objective to provide information to help homeowners and Pest Management Professional (PMP) to better understand termites and termite management.

My research interests have always been in the applied aspects of Entomology in other words making science useful. I received my B.S. from the University of Delaware in 1971, an M.S. from Penn State University in 1975 and a PhD from the University of Maryland in 1979, all in Entomology. I spent seven years in the Cornell University System at the Geneva Experiment Station working on minor use pesticide registrations. Since my arrival in Arizona in 1986, my extension dues have been focused on pesticide education including the urban applicators.

Since 1996, my research has been aimed at termite management. An overview of current projects consists of: termiticides efficacy trials, termite collection methods, laboratory and field ecological studies including using triple mark and recapture, and baiting performance. Laboratory and field ecological studies continue to characterize termite colonies by 1) an addition field site for the triple mark and recapture and related techniques; 2) using overt intraspecific and interspecific agonistic behavior; and 3) clear plastic laboratory foraging arenas. Bait technology continues to provide an alternative to liquid barrier treatments, but limited data is available in Arizona.