UC Davis Magazine

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Bug Lineup

If something is bugging you and it has six or more legs, help is just a phone call away. A new insect identification hot line has been established at UC Davis to help Northern Californians put a name to the bugs in their lives. Residents in the 916 and 707 area codes can simply dial 1-(900)-225-BUGS. Callers pay $3 for the first minute and $1 for each additional minute. Students and staff members from the entomology department will be on hand between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to answer calls and identify both insects and spiders. Although initially restricted to two Northern California area codes, the program may eventually expand to cover the entire state and also offer diagnostic services for weeds and animal pests.

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