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Bugs, Slugs and Other Thugs: Controlling Garden Pests Organically
     

Bugs, Slugs and Other Thugs: Controlling Garden Pests Organically

by Rhonda Massingham Hart
 
A handbook of hundreds of ways to stop pests without risk to the user or the environment--from tried-and-true folk remedies to the very latest scientific discoveries.

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A handbook of hundreds of ways to stop pests without risk to the user or the environment--from tried-and-true folk remedies to the very latest scientific discoveries.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Straightforward in manner, Hart ( You Can Carve Fantastic Jack-O-Lanterns ) concerns herself here with outdoor pests only (including deer, bears and--a bit cutely--kids). She describes the pest, its habits and life cycle, garden targets and deterrents (barriers, sprays, repellants, traps). There's a chapter on rodents, another on ``big game'' and one on bugs alone, which includes information on how to cultivate a healthy garden (soil and plants). Also provided is a handy chart of fruits and vegetables and the many and varied insect and non-insect pests that can plague them. A very welcome chapter on birds (the great predators of bugs) and how to attract the right ones, along with beneficial insects, flies and other animals (e.g., ferrets, snakes and toads) enhance this book's usefulness. Illustrations. Rodale's Organic Gardening Book Club main selection, Garden Book Club and Literary Guild alternate selections. (July)
Library Journal
In today's pesticide-conscious world, homeowners frequently are caught in a bind: should they combat pests by adding yet more poison to an already polluted environment or simply tolerate a pest infestation? In fact, neither is necessary because ordinary household materials plus plain common sense and a little ingenuity can perform miracles. Either of the above titles as well as Bernice Lifton's Bug Busters ( LJ 3/15/91) and William Olkowski and others' Common Sense Pest Control ( LJ 5/1/91) can tell you how. The four books share a common theme: insecticide-free pest control that is made possible by first understanding the biology of each pest and then by using simple deterrents and eradication methods, including traps, barriers, baits, and repellents. The books differ in format, style of presentation, and number of pests covered. Bugs, Slugs, & Other Thugs is entirely garden-oriented and covers a wide variety of pests, including nematodes, spider mites, aphids, beetles, bugs, moth larvae, turtles, birds, and a long list of mammals, such as armadillos, bears, and the neighbor's kids. The other three books focus on pests of humans and houses as well as gardens. Of these, Common Sense Pest Control is the most encyclopedic and is the only one to discuss weeds and crop fungi. Bug Busters covers fewer species but outlines the biology of and control methods for the most important pests of humans and homes in step-by-step detail. Tiny Game Hunting is a bargain in spite of its small format (8 x 5). It is written in terse, yet conversational style and covers almost every creature included in the other books, and even has some the others don't.-- Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882666655
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Series:
Down-to-Earth Book Ser.
Pages:
192

Meet the Author

Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, and Squirrel Proofing Your Home & Garden. She has written articles for a variety of magazines, including Flower & Garden, Woman’s Day, and Fine Gardening. She writes extensively on organic gardening techniques and lives in Washington State.

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