The Bug Guy

The Bug Guy is Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist at The University of Maryland.

The Bug Guy

                           Mike Raupp

                           Mike Raupp

The Bug Guy is Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist at The University of Maryland. He has written Bug of the Week for over ten years, and is a frequent guest bug expert for Good Morning America, NPR, and other news outlets. He has appeared on BBC, CNN, National Geographic Ultimate Explorer, The Dr. Oz Show, Tyra Banks, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, among others.

All photographs and videos on Bug of the Week are copyright Michael J. Raupp unless otherwise noted.


Media Appearances by the Bug Guy

Tick talk: how to avoid the pests and the diseases they carry                                                                                                           ABC2 WMAR Baltimore, April 12 2018

Get Ready. The Invasive Species are Coming.                                                                                                                                         
WAMU: The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Mar 21, 2018

Preventing Beg bugs                                                                                                                                                                              MPT’s ‘Direct Connection’ with Jeff Salkin, Jan. 15, 2018

Favorable weather ushers the stink bug’s big return                                                                                                                       WTOP by Mike Murillo, Oct. 11, 2017

How An Invasive Bug is Killing Off Our Region’s Ash Trees                                                                                                            WAMU: The Kojo Nnamdi Show, July 13, 2017

“The Summer of Fear” – Mosquitoes, Zika & Other Summer Pests
MPT’s ‘Direct Connection’ with Jeff Salkin, June 27, 2016

Will Nixing Pesticides Preserve Maryland’s Bee Population?                                                                                                           WAMU: The Kojo Nnamdi Show, April 25, 2016

Bees, Pollinators and Threats to Their Habitats                                                                                                                                        WAMU: The Kojo Nnamdi Show, October 15, 2015

Mosquitoes: Swatting the Myths                                                                                                                                                            MPT Direct Connection Live with Jeff Salkin, August 3, 2015

How to Keep Ants and Other Pests out of your House                                                                                                                       NBC News Today, July 13, 2015

NatureX3: Emerald Ash Borer                                                                                                                                                              WYPR: Midday with Dan Rodricks, April 24, 2015

Bug Man on Campus                                                                                                                                                                                        University of Maryland TERP Magazine, February 2015

Think Before You Stink: Controlling BMSB Around the Home                                                                                                                      University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center, 2014

Mosquito Protection: Bite Them before They Bite You!                                                                                                                                 University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center, 2013

Summer Pests: Bites and Stings, Pt. 3                                                                                                                                                                         The Dr. Oz Show, May 26, 2010

Invasive Bugs                                                                                                                                                                                         WAMU: The Kojo Nnamdi Show, July 15, 2014

Cicada Mania: The Entomologists’ ‘Super Bowl’                                                                                                                                            PBS Newshour, June 19, 2013

Environmental Outlook: Stink Bugs                                                                                                                                                               The Diane Rehm Show, May 07, 2013

Spring Blooms, And So Do The Creepy Crawlies                                                                                                                                      NPR: All Things Considered, April 06, 2013

A Primer On Mosquito Repellents                                                                                                                                                          NPR: All Things Considered (NPR), July 10, 2010

Fourth of July Tips for Keeping Bugs Away                                                                                                                                            ABC News: Good Morning America, July 2, 2010

Books by the Bug Guy

26 Things That Bug Me, Second Edition

        Take a lyrical journey through the alphabet   with Mantie!

        Take a lyrical journey through the alphabet with Mantie!

In this one-of-a-kind ABC, Mantie the Mantid introduces children to twenty-six of her colorful friends – who enjoy buzzing, crawling, flying, glowing, and eating creepy things for lunch! Distinguished entomologist Mike Raupp pairs charming verses with close-up color photographs of bugs from A to Z, and drawings by Jeff Kollins. For children five through eight.

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Managing Insects and Mites on Woody Plants: An IPM Approach                                                                                                 by John A. Davidson, Ph.D., and Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D.

The definitive source for managing insects and mites on woody plants, this book enables the user to quickly identify and research more than 145 different pests. This introduction to Integrated Pest Management will guide you through the process of developing and implementing an IPM program, including:

  • Principles and components of Integrated Pest Management
  • Elements involved in developing a program for landscape IPM
  • Creation of a landscape site evaluation guide
  • Agents of biological control
  • Lifecycles of predatory insects
  • Guidelines for managing populations of naturally occurring predators and parasites
  • Pest monitoring
  • Guide to insect and mite pests
  • Pesticide use
  • Identification, monitoring and control

Includes 240 color photos! Wire-bound, 198 pgs.