As a third generation urban pest control specialist, Byron Reid comes by his fascination with bugs naturally. As our Principal Scientist, he’s also a natural for developing new products and active ingredients. In his more than three decades in the industry, he’s led the advancement of countless innovations. He’s also a serious landscaper.
Senior Principal Scientist
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Years in the industry:
35+. I’ve been around for a while.
What are your areas of expertise?
Urban Entomology – I’m a third generation urban pest control specialist.
Why did you get into pest management?
My grandfather started killing rats during the Great Depression. My dad took after him and I took after my father. It was in the family.
What’s your favorite thing about working for Bayer?
Bayer values innovation. It’s an environment that encourages us to push for better ways to solve problems.
Have you earned any awards or industry recognition of note?
I have more than 40 published papers, hold several patents and have led the production of countless
innovations at Bayer and elsewhere that PMPs use every day to make life better for their customers.
What’s your favorite bug and why?
It has to be social wasps (hornets, yellow jackets, etc.); They are ants (the top dogs in social insect world) that didn't give up their wings! How cool is that?
What does “Science for a Better Life” mean to you?
To me, it means using science in service to society. At Bayer we value our science by what it contributes to the communities that we have the privilege to serve.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
In the early 1990s, I consulted on a Kafka-inspired video game called Bad Mojo. If you haven’t read the story, The Metamorphosis, check it out
What are your hobbies outside of work?
My wife and I enjoy landscape gardening.
What would you do if you weren’t in pest management?
Who knows ... probably something in behavioral ecology & population biology?