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Mike Merchant

Merchant, Mike
Mike Merchant
Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist

Dr. Merchant designs informational materials and training programs to help reduce pesticide use and promote use of low impact pesticides for schools and other institutional facilities. He develops training materials and continuing education programs on pests and integrated pest management for the public. His research interests include control of fire ants in electrical equipment and in urban landscapes; low impact pesticides; spider management; documentation of Formosan Termite range expansion in Texas; and improvement of existing termite control technologies.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Extension urban arthropods/consumer pesticides
  • Management of arthropod pests affecting human health
  • Integrated pest management systems for institutions
  • Landscape pest management
  • Pesticide applicator training


  • ABCs of IPM Training Series
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Chiggers
  • Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Lawns
  • Cockroaches…Recognition and Control
  • Controlling Fleas
  • Flea Control (Spanish)
  • Honey Bees In and Around Buildings
  • How to Control Ants at Home (Spanish)
  • How to Select a Termite Control Service
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools: Module 3–Video User’s Guide–Food Handling Areas
  • Lantana and Verbena: How to Combat Insect and Mite Pests
  • Pantry and Fabric Pests in the Home
  • Paper Wasps, Yellowjackets and Solitary Wasps
  • Scale Insects on Ornamental Plants
  • Spiders
  • Springtails
  • The Texas Two-Step Method: Do-It-Yourself Fire Ant Control for Homes and Neighborhoods (Spanish)
  • Tick Control (Spanish)
  • White Grubs in Texas Turfgrass
  • Wood-boring Insects of Trees and Shrubs

Curriculum Vitae for Mike Merchant

Extension Programs