The Pest-Control Man Is Always Outnumbered

The Pest-Control Man Is Always Outnumbered 1

Keri Rasmussen for The Chronicle

"You have to be a detective," says Wayne Walker, senior pest-control technician for the U. of Florida, as he inspects a student's kitchen cupboards.

Throughout this sun-cooked campus, the siege never ends. On small wings they swarm, on countless legs they creep. Day and night they chew through walls, climb drains, and descend vents. Someone in a dorm room's trying to study? The insects do not care. Nobody's going to eat that leftover pizza on the counter? The insects will oblige.

Sooner or later, Wayne Walker hears all about it. When students here at the University of Florida report problems with pests, an automated system funnels