Merchant, Michael individual record
Professor and Extension Specialist

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.

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Academic Articles9
  • Gilder, K., Masloski, K. E., Woolley, J. B., Gu, M., Merchant, M. E., & Heinz, K. M. (2020). Discovery of a non-native parasitoid, Marlattiella prima Howard (Hymenoptera, Aphelinidae) and its non-native host, Lopholeucaspis japonica Cockerell (Hemiptera, Diaspididae) in Central Texas. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 77, 213-217.
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  • Merchant, M. E (2018). How scary is this? Two emerging pests: emerald ash borer and crapemyrtle bark scale. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL PLANT PROPAGATORS' SOCIETY. 1212, 287-289.
  • Wang, Z., Chen, Y., Gu, M., Vafaie, E., Merchant, M., & Diaz, R. (2016). Crapemyrtle Bark Scale: A New Threat for Crapemyrtles, a Popular Landscape Plant in the U.S.. Insects. 7(4), 78-78.
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  • Bennett, B., Hurley, J., & Merchant, M. (2016). An integrated pest management tool for evaluating schools. Journal of Extension. 54(2),
  • Merchant, M (2011). Morgellon's syndrome and delusions of parasitosis. International Pest Control. 53(4), 212-213.
Conference Papers2
  • Xie, R., Wu, B., Merchant, M. E., Vafaie, E., Chen, Y., Held, D., ... Gu, M (2020). Systematic Strategies to Manage Crapemyrtle Bark Scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae). HORTSCIENCE. 55(9), S415-S415.
  • Hallum, E. (2016). How newcomers and millennials will succeed in the green industry. Acta Horticulturae. 1140(1140), 413-414.
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