Lesson #9-- Insects as Pests
- Explain why some insects are regarded as pests. Distinguish between nuisance pests, economic pests, and pests of medical importance.
- Describe the components of a zoonosis. Explain the relationship between pathogens, vectors, and reservoirs.
- List the major groups of insects that serve as vectors of human disease. Distinguish between mechanical, facultative and obligatory transmission of pathogens.
- Explain how insect venoms and allergens may affect the human immune system. Describe the symptoms and treatment of entomophobia and delusionary parasitosis.
- Distinguish between damage and injury. List at least 10 ways insects can cause damage to growing plants, stored products, and structural materials.
- Describe five events or conditions that may lead to the occurrence of pest outbreaks. Distinguish between the economic injury level and the economic threshold.
- List at least six different tools or techniques for sampling insect populations. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Distinguish between regular, random, and clumped distributions. Explain how normal, poisson, and binomial statistics may relate to population sampling.
- Demonstrate the correct use of a sequential sampling protocol.