Carpet Beetle Skin

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet beetles are commonly encountered indoors during cold months in Kentucky.

Clothes Moth Larva

Clothes Moth Larva

Clothes moths are a common indoor pest in Kentucky.

Midges in Antartica

Cold Buggin'

Dr. Teets and His Team Study Unique Antarctic Insects.


Fight The Bite!

Learn more about Zika and mosquitoes in Kentucky.

Photo: Matt Barton

Drone vs. Pest

Entomologists use drones to scan for tree-killing beetles.



Round 'Em Up! Invasive Longhorned Beetles are at the border.

Entomology News


Master's Research Assistantship Available: Extension Entomology

Online Master's Program Coming Soon: Read More (PDF)

  • May 6, 2019

    Congratulations to Dr. Janet Lensing who was chosen as a "Teacher Who Made a Difference" in 2019 by the University of Kentucky College of Education. Dr. Lensing teaches ENT 110, an undergraduate entomology class for non-science majors. 

  • May 3, 2019

    The first confirmed Asian Longhorned Tick for the state of Kentucky was found in Martin County. The Asian Longhorned Tick is a new, invasive tick species that was reported in the United States for the first time in New Jersey in 2017. It is now confirmed in 10 states, including Kentucky. Like many ticks, the Asian Longhorned Tick has the potential to transmit pathogens to humans and livestock. So far, there have been no confirmed pathogens associated with specimens of this tick that have been tested in Kentucky or North America, but that could change.

  • April 18, 2019

    Congratulations to Beth Kyre, PhD student in the Forest Entomology Lab, who won the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Peoples’ Choice award sponsored by the College for “Silencing genes to silence beetles: Disrupting chemical communication in southern pine beetle”

Identification & Management Assistance

For assistance with insect identification and management in Kentucky, bring questions and specimens directly to your local County Extension Office. Your local office can also help you find and print factsheets and other information. These services are provided to Kentuckians at no cost. 

List of Kentucky County Extension Offices

Residents of states outside of Kentucky should contact their local or regional extension service