SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Army Environmental Command’s entomologist, Bill Miller, Ph.D., presented a show-and-tell at St. Luke Catholic School on May 23, 2022, to educate kindergarten students about how to identify insects, and what each one does that contributes to the environment.
“The purpose of show-and-tell is to introduce children to insects, teach about good and bad bugs, and that you don’t need to be afraid of insects,” said Bill Miller.
USAEC is a unique command assigned to U.S. Army Installation Management Command and provides environmental services globally to enable Army readiness. The command prides itself on educating the next generation of future leaders.
“We start building the bench of future environmental stewards at the kindergarten level,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tremayne Robbins, USAEC sergeant major. “Engaging with young students about their environment, questions and concerns, not only makes our jobs more exciting within the community, but also sparks students’ interests about how to help and make a difference. Those are our future leaders.”
The students showed interest and asked many questions about what makes a bug, a bug, and what they could do to prevent or get rid of insects.
“Mosquitos grow well in water,” said Miller. “You can help keep yourself and your pets safe from mosquitos by emptying pots, bottles, buckets, and water bowls.”
Miller spoke to four kindergarten classes during the show-and-tell and emphasized the overall goal is to control pests and not harm the beneficial insects, such as pollinators, at the same time.
“My goal as an entomologist within pest management at USAEC is to work to control the bugs that can bug us,” said Miller. “Bed bugs, mosquitoes, termites, ants, and cockroaches all require control.”
Both the teachers and the students gained knowledge on simple measures they might take to protect themselves and their families from the danger posed by pests without endangering anyone.
“It was a pleasure having Bill come out and educate the kids,” said Linda Darland, St. Luke Catholic School, Kindergarten teacher. “I learned a lot myself.”