Welcome to the Tay Urban & Medical Entomology Lab @UH

The Tay Lab conducts applied research to develop integrated pest management programs to control pest populations of medically important insects and of insects adapted to the urban environment. Our lab uses laboratory and field studies to discover how to exploit the behaviors of urban insects, such as sugar feeding behaviors of ants, to develop novel strategies that improve management and protect the environment. Click Research to learn about our current or specific research projects.


    What We’re Up To:


    • Tay received an invitation to give 2021 Highlights in Urban Entomology presentation for MUVE section at ESA annual meeting in Denver (Nov 2021)!
    • Our proposal to Western IPM Center was selected for funding for 2021 grants.

          Posted March 3, 2021

    • Awarded a Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) HISC grant to work on new methods to manage invasive yellow crazy ants. 

    Posted September 30, 2020 

    • Welcome new graduate students, Mitchell Kirsch and Karim Gharbi to the Urban Entomology Lab!

    Posted August 24, 2020 

    • Awarded a 3-year USDA-ARS grant to work on improving detection and control of tropical invasive ants.

    Posted March 18, 2020

    • Presented at the ESA conference on sustainable subterranean termite management using a physical barrier.

    Posted November 19, 2019

    • Presented at the Hawaii Pest Control Association Annual Conference.

    Posted September 20, 2019


    Help support the research & extension programs of the UH Urban & Medical Entomology Lab which provide new insights on our war with insects that spread diseases and urban pests that affect everyone. Your donations will support our research endeavors to develop new and environmentally friendly methods to manage urban and medical pests.