Director City of New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board
Dr. Riegel earned her degrees from Purdue University, University of Georgia, and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Directly out of school, she work in private industry as a field scientist in the urban pest management field. Responsibilities included providing technical support, and she collaborated with government organizations, universities, and customers. In 2004, she became Principal Research Entomologist for the City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board. In 2006, she became Assistant Director and, in 2010 she
was promoted to Director of the department. At the City, she provides
technical support for the City of New Orleans and the pest control industry,
conducts independent research, collaborates with industry for enhancements
of existing products and testing of new products, and collaborates with
government organizations and universities on a variety of research projects
involving rodents, mosquitoes, termites, and a variety of other urban pests.
Providing information about termites, mosquitoes, rodents, and pest issues
after natural disasters to the pest control professionals and to the public
is part of her job responsibilities. She participates in several professional
societies at the national and local level. In addition, she enjoys traveling and
speaks at pest control and public health in the US and internationally.