What bug can give even an entomologist the creeps?

Tarantula hawk (Photo: Chris Kline, Boyce Thompson Arboretum)
Tarantula hawk (Photo: Chris Kline, Boyce Thompson Arboretum)

Peter Warren spends much of his day answering serious questions about insects and horticulture for the Pima County Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona.

Questions such as:

“How do I keep kissing bugs out of my house?”

“How often should I water my new Meyer lemon tree?”

And, “What the heck is this bug and how do I kill it?”

So, we decided to ask him a few not-so-serious questions about his job and what makes him tick.

What do you like most about your job?

That they pay me to work with bugs! I get a lot of insect questions; I would say a third to half of the questions that come into our office are insect related.

It’s helpful to have that kind of expertise in this job. I really enjoy the entomology part of it.

If you want to get right down to it, the best of part of the job is actually people coming into your office with something wrong, and you solve their problem usually within a few minutes to a half-hour.

And they walk out with an answer, usually a smile, and it’s very good job satisfaction.

To read the rest of this June 2014 Arizona Daily Star interview, click the link below.

Date released: 
Jun 9 2014
Contact: 
Peter Warren