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Shows how to triumph in combat with pests without losing the war to toxic chemicals. Illustrated with detailed drawings, it gives more than two hundred tried-and-true ways to control or kill common household and garden pests without using toxic pesticides.
CONTENTS Preface to the New Edition Introduction 'Incredible Insects': The Toxic Tide PART ONE: Tiny Game Hunting in the Home The Folly of Pesticides Home, Toxic Home Home, Safe Home Quitting Pesticides for Good and Disposing of Them Common Pests: Ants Bed Bugs Bees Clothes Moths and Carpet Beetles Cockroaches Fleas Flies Houseplant Pests Lice Mosquitoes Pantry Pests Rats and Mice Silverfish Spiders Termites and Wood-Boring Beetles Ticks, Chiggers, and Mites Occasional Invaders: Asian Lady Beetles Boxelder Bugs Centipedes Cluster Flies Crickets Earwigs Moths Scorpions PART TWO: Tiny Game Hunting in the Garden The Healthy Garden The Fallacy of Pesticides Compost Earthworms Mulch Organic Fertilizers Cover Crops Companion Planting The Tactics of Tiny Game Hunting in the Garden: Handpicking Hosing Traps Barriers Soaps Horticultural Oils Dusts Biological Controls Botanicals Repellents Allies in the Air and on the Ground: Bats Birds Lizards Snakes Toads and Frogs Good Bugs Mail Order Mercenaries Green Lacewings Ladybugs Mealybug Destroyers Parasitic Nematodes Parasitic Wasps Parasites of Flies Predatory Mites Good Bugs Gratis "True" Bugs Beetles A Few Good Flies Distinguished Native Beneficials Dragon Flies Damselflies Antlions Fireflies Honorably Discharged Praying Mantises Garden Pests Chompers Cabbage Loopers and Imported Cabbageworms Colorado Potato Beetles Cucumber Beetles Cutworms Fall Webworms and Eastern Tent Caterpillars Flea Beetles Grasshoppers Gypsy Moths Japanese Beetles Leafhoppers Mexican Bean Beetles Tomato Hornworms Root Destroyers June Beetles Nematodes Root Maggots Wireworms (Click Beetles) Slimers Slugs and Snails Suckers Aphids Mealybugs Scale Insects Spider Mites Thrips "True" Bugs Whiteflies Tunnelers Borers Codling Moths Corn Earworms Plum Curculios Friend or Foe? Centipedes and Millipedes Earwigs Opossums Sowbugs and Pillbugs Yellow Jackets and Wasps Critter Control Diggers Gophers Moles Foragers Deer Dogs Rabbits Raccoons Skunks Squirrels Resources and Mail Order Select Bibliography Index
Hilary Dole Klein is a writer living in Santa Barbara and the author of A Guide to Nonsexist Children's Books (1976) and Substituting Ingredients (third edition, 1994), among other books. Adrian M. Wenner is Professor Emeritus of Natural History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of books, articles, and a chapter in Comparative Psychology of Invertebrates: The Field and Laboratory Study of Insect Behavior (1997).