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Preston graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biological Systems Engineering and a minor in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2005. For his senior engineering project, he designed a system to detoxify pesticide rinsates using biological materials. He remained at Virginia Tech to pursue a Masters degree in Entomology, working in the field of urban entomology under Dr. Dini Miller. As a graduate student in urban entomology, Preston conducted termite inspections and treatment applications, evaluated cockroach monitoring and baiting programs, conducted insecticide efficacy studies on bed bugs, and evaluated bait efficacy for control of odorous house ants. His Master’s research project, entitled “The Spatiotemporal Composition of Pest Ant Species in the Residential Environments of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico,” focused on the identification and succession of pest ant species in Puerto Rican housing developments.
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