I got interested in insects early on in life, encouraged by supportive parents to go out and play with and appreciate whatever spider or insect I came across. By the age of 9, my inquisitive nature into the world of insects brought me to the York Co. 4H entomology club. Through the entomology club I was able to greatly expand my knowledge of insects in an environment that also fostered highly valuable skills that i have brought into my adult life. I graduated out of the 4H entomology program at 16 years old and would continue to assist and mentor younger members of the club for several years.
My experience and education gained from the entomology club would shape my future by cementing a life long passion. I would later go on to attend Pennsylvania State University and pursue a bachelor’s in Agricultural Science and a minor and Entomology. My education included many agricultural basics such as soil science and horticulture, but was tailored to agricultural pest management with classes on plant pathology, integrated pest management, insect
morphology, biology and physiology. After graduation I worked as a lab assistant in the entomology program at the Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture. At the PDA I would became versed in agricultural pest and invasive species survey techniques and taxonomic identification of insect species. After taking time to pursue a career in Agribusiness, I have come back around to work for the United States
Department of Agriculture. At the USDA my primary function is to survey for the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) and their essential food source, the tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima).
Martin Mikulas is 25 years old and lives in Jefferson, Pa. He’s married and enjoys the plethora of bug and reptile pets they keep on hand. Martin loved bugs and insects as a kid, encouraged by supportive parents to appreciate whatever spider or insect he found. At the age of 9, he joined the York Co. 4-H Entomology Club and met Ryan “The BugMan”.
While in the club, he expanded his knowledge of insects, as well as fostered valuable life skills that he’s used ever since. At 16, he graduated the Entomology Club, yet continues to hang around and help Ryan assist and mentor the club youth. His experience and education gained from the club cemented a life-long passion for Entomology and the environment.
He graduated Penn State University, with a BA in Agricultural Science and a Minor and Entomology… Everything from Soil Science and Horticulture, to Ag Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Integrated Pest Management, Insect Morphology, Biology and Physiology. Martin worked as a lab assistant in the Entomology program at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, where he became versed in ag pest and invasive species survey techniques and Taxonomy. He delved into a career in Agribusiness (ag seeds) and is now working for the USDA, as a field specialist working on the invasive, Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) and their essential food source, the tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima). Martin, is our only degreed Entomologist on The BugMan LLC Team and how proud are we, to have someone with his caliber and experience?!! Although he’s a very busy guy, you can expect to see Martin educating people about bugs and insects at a wide variety of BugMan events throughout the year.