Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and CommunityAuthor(s): William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, Helga Olkowski

Publisher: Taunton Press

Hardcover: 736 pages

ISBN: 0942391632

ISBN-13: 978-0942391633

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Hardcover, 715 pages
Publication date: July 1991
If you have a home, an apartment, a garden, or a pet (or, in some cases, housemates or tenants), you’ve probably got pests. And if you want to control pests, there’s no need to poison yourself. While the Green Revolution and DDT and other pesticides dominated the world of agribusiness, thoughtful scientists world-wide were simultanously and silently working on “Integrated Pest Management”, which is often as effective as pesticides at reducing or eliminating pests. From ridding your apartment of cockroaches to dealing with the regional deforestation threats of Gypsy Moths, this is the authoritative book on how to control pests by using the natural mechanisms of control that have kept our planet from being savaged, prior to our human disruptions.

Customer Comments 02/19/97:
The best book for what’s bugging you.
If it burrows, crawls, flies or wriggles, it’s got to be in the book “Common Sense Pest Control” by Sheila Daar, et al. This comprehensive guide to pests in all forms is a must for everyone who wants to safely rid their environment of common (and not so common) pests. The chapter on human body pests will be throughly enjoyed by kids who love to gross out their friends and family. Still, this book is a serious and comprehensive bible for gardeners, homeowners and apartment dwellers – anyone who’s feeling ‘bugged’.

Table of Contents

1: Basic Concepts

Chapter 1: Naming Living Things and Understanding their Habits and Habitats

Chapter 2: Natural Pest Controls

Chapter 3: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Chapter 4: Pest-Treatment Strategies and Tactics

2: Beneficial Organisms

Chapter 5: Meet “the Beneficials”

3: Pesticides

Chapter 6: Choosing the Right Chemical and Microbial Tools

Chapter 7: Some Useful Inorganics, Organics and Botanicals

Chapter 8: New Frontiers: Microbials, Pheromones and Insect Growth Regulator

4: Pests of the Human Body

Chapter 9: Pinworms

Chapter 10: Mites

Chapter 11: Lice

Chapter 12: Bedbugs and Conenose Bugs

5: Pests Inside the House

Chapter 13: Pests of Fabric, Feathers and Paper

Chapter 14: Kitchen and Pantry Pests

Chapter 15: Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms and Mites

Chapter 16: Mice, Spiders and Bats

6: Pest of Indoor Plants

Chapter 17: Detecting Symptoms of Indoor Plant Problems

Chapter 18: General Management Strategies for House Plant Problems

Chapter 19: Preparing for Least-Toxic Pest Control

Chapter 20: Controlling Pests of Indoor Plants

7: Pests of the House Structure

Chapter 21: Identifying Structural Pests and Eliminating Moisture

Chapter 22: Wood Decay and Preservative Treatments

Chapter 23: Termites

Chapter 24: Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees

Chapter 25: Wood-Boring Beetles

8: Pests in the Garden

Chapter 26: Garden Design and Maintenance

Chapter 27: Meet the Weeds

Chapter 28: Safe and Sane Weed Management

Chapter 29: Preventing Lawn Pests

Chapter 30: Least-Toxic Lawn Pest Management

Chapter 31: Pests of Food and Ornamental Gardens

9: Pest of the Community

Chapter 32: Pests of Shade Trees

Chapter 33: Rats

Chapter 34: Filth Flies

Chapter 35: Yellowjackets

Chapter 36: Mosquitoes

Resource Appendix

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