When Vernard Lewis first joined UC Berkeley’s resident faculty of pest researchers in 1990, he says he was “lucky” to receive one bedbug complaint per year. By that same measure of good fortune (which, even coming from an entomologist, is a weird one), these days, Lewis is positively blessed.
“Now I get them every week,” he says. Like inbox-clogging clockwork, they pour in, one urgent plea after another. There are requests to diagnose a suspicious new bug bite, to conduct an in-person home inspection, to examine “ten 15 megapixel images, all out of focus.”
Posted on January 22, 2014 - 11:09am