Dr. Miller studies urban pest management, particularly bed bug biology, behavior and control.
Dr. Miller’s research program focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of reduced toxicity methods for structural pest control. Since 2004, Dr. Miller and her graduate students have spent numerous hours in the field and the laboratory evaluating the efficacy of current bed bug control tools. Likewise, her extension program is designed to train pest management professionals, public health officials, apartment and hotel managers, and homeowners to control indoor pests while reducing their pesticide exposure risk. She has produced a number of bed bug action plans for the management of infestations in different environments, and published one of the first scientific papers evaluating modern bed bug response to insecticide treatments in the field.