Texas A&M University’s single-story, 10,000-sf Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility features 3,800 sf of research labs for analyzing and maintaining colonies of ants, termites, and cockroaches, and a general insectary for all other insect colonies, such as bed bugs and stored product pests. Specialized spaces include a genetics/analytical lab and an autoclave. It also contains 2,800 sf of offices for the endowed chair, five principal investigators, research assistants, graduate students, and the correspondence course coordinator, as well as a conference room and a training room.
The insect rooms are clustered at one end of the building, with the offices on the other; the conference and training rooms are in the center, near the entrance.
The facility serves the College of Agriculture Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife research, teaching, and extension service programs. Their research centers around controlling insect pests that are detrimental to wooden structures and food, and which carry diseases.
The Rollins facility, in partnership with AgriLife Extension, provides research-based training to professional pest control practitioners. The entomology department offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as a bachelor of science degree in forensic and investigative sciences.