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Pests: A Guide to the World's Most Maligned Yet Misunderstood Creatures

By: Ross Piper

282 pages, B/w illus

Greenwood Press

Hardback | Mar 2011 | #191003 | ISBN-13: 9780313384264
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From mosquitoes to nematodes to mice, there are a multitude of organisms and animals that pose major health risks, cause economic burdens, and even threaten famine conditions for human civilization. Addressing these problems is often extremely costly and only partially effective. "Pests: A Guide to the World's Most Maligned yet Misunderstood Creatures" presents an overview of the animals that have the greatest impact on our lives, from the creatures that eat our crops through the ones that invade our homes and those that transmit diseases. Each entry provides a brief history of our interactions with the specific pest, methods of management or eradication for the pest being discussed, and an extensive Further Reading list that includes resources on both the biology of the pest and methods of control. The author explains the complexity of the worldwide pest problem and demonstrates how some of these issues are a result of human over-population and shortsightedness, inviting readers to consider our place in nature and how other animals have adapted to and benefited from the growing human population.

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Ross Piper, PhD, is an independent scholar. His lifelong interest in natural history, especially animals, led to academia and he went on to gain a first-class degree in zoology from the University of Wales, Bangor, UK, and a PhD in entomology from the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. His published works include Greenwood's Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals and Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia of Species that Have Disappeared during Human History.

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