Biology and management of structural and household pests.
I am a Cooperative Extension Specialist with statewide responsibilities. The duties of my job include conducting applied research and outreach. My research focuses on household and structural insect pests, particularly, termites and bed bugs. I am often involved in testing the latest detection and control techniques before they are commercialized in the State. My outreach activities include public speaking, responding to phone calls and letters, and pest identifications for many public groups in California.
Lewis, V. 2013. Bed bugs: present and future. The Voice of the Pest Control Operators California. Spring 2013. Pp. 11-13.
Lewis, V. R., Leighton, S. Tabuchi, R., Baldwin, J. A. and Haverty, M. I. 2013. Influence of environmental factors on activity patterns of Incisitermes minor (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) in naturally infested logs. J. Econ Entomol. 106(1): 338-346.
Sutherland, A. M., Choe, D.-H., and Lewis, V. R. 2013. Pest Notes: Bed bugs. Oakland: Univ. Calif. Agric. Res. Publ. 7454. Pages 1-6.
Lewis, V. R., Moore, S. E., Tabuchi, R. L., Sutherland, A. M., Choe, D.-H. and Tsutsui, N. D. 2013. Researchers combat resurgence of bed bug in behavioral studies and monitor trials. California Agriculture 67 (3): 172-178.
Lewis, V. R., S. Moore, and R. Tabuchi. 2014. Remedial vs. preventive: Researchers at UC Berkeley recently demonstrated single-hole injection of Termidor Dry can result in high performance against drywood termites. Pest Control Technology 42(3): 106-108.
Lewis, V. R., A. M. Sutherland, and M. I. Haverty. 2014. Pest Notes: Subterranean and Other Termites. Oakland: Univ. Calif. Agric. Res. Publ. 7415. Pages 1-
Lewis, V. and B. Forschler. 2014. Management of drywood termites: past practices, present situation and future prospects. Contributed chapter for Urban Insect Pests: Sustainable Management Strategies, edited by R. Dhang, Pg. 130-153.
Sutherland, A. M., Tabuchi, R. L., Moore, S. E. and Lewis, V. R. 2014. Borescope-Aided Inspection May Be Useful in Some Drywood Termite Detection Situations. Forest Products J. 64: 304-309.
Lewis, V. R. 2014. African American Voice in Entomology. American Entomologist, 60(3): 156-158.
Sutherland, A., Choe, D.-H., Lewis, V., Young, D., Romero, A., Spafford, H. 2015. Survey Sheds Light on Bed Bugs in Multi-Unit Housing. Pest Control Technology 43(9): 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 & 36.