Daniel A. Suomi

Adjunct Faculty, PCO Specialist
WSDA A/P MD

Areas of Interest

As the Statewide Pest Control Operator (PCO) Specialist with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in Olympia, I am primarily responsible for regulation of structural pest inspectors and pest control operators. This position allows me to serve as WSDA liaison to the pest control industry throughout the Pacific Northwest and to provide educational opportunities to both our licensees and the general public. I emphasize hands-on experience and field training for inspectors; this improves the quality of their inspections and reduces the need for regulatory oversight. Because of this, home and pest inspectors are better trained to conduct thorough inspections for the home-buying public.

My research has concentrated on the biology and management of wood-destroying beetles in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, I work very closely with Washington schools to provide pest management solutions using an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.

Education

  • Washington State University, Ph.D / Entomology 1992
  • Washington State University, M.S. / Entomology 1984
  • Michigan State University, B.S. / Entomology 1978

Publications

  1. Suomi, D. A. and R. D. Akre. 1993. Biology and management of the structure-infesting beetle, Hemicoelus gibbicollis (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). Melanderia 49: 1-34.
  2. Suomi, D. A. and R. D. Akre. 1993. Biological Studies of Hemicoelus gibbicollis (LeConte) [Coleoptera: Anobiidae], A Serious Structural Pest Along the Pacific Coast. Adult and Egg Stages. Pan Pacif. Entomol. 69(2): 155-170.
  3. Suomi, D. A. and R. D. Akre. 1993. Biological Studies of Hemicoelus gibbicollis (LeConte) [Coleoptera: Anobiidae], A Serious Structural Pest Along the Pacific Coast. Larval and Pupal Stages. Pan Pacif. Entomol. 69(3): 221-235.
  4. Suomi, D. A. and R. D. Akre. 1992. Distribution of Economically Important, Wood-Infesting Anobiid Beetles in the Pacific Northwest. J. Entomol. Soc. Brit. Columbia 89: 57-62.
  5. Suomi, D. A. and R. D. Akre. 1992. Characteristics of Structures Attacked by the Wood-Infesting Beetle, Hemicoelus gibbicollis (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). J. Entomol. Soc. Brit. Columbia 89: 63-70.
  6. Suomi, D. A. and R. D. Akre. 1992. Control of the structure-infesting anobiid beetle, Hemicoelus gibbicollis (Coleoptera: Anobiidae), with Borates. J. Econ. Entomol. 85(4): 1188-1193.PO Box 42589
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