Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease

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Here is all the information you will ever need-no matter where you are-to identify, avoid, and protect yourself against all manner of blood-sucking or venomous arthropods. Topics covered range from scorpions, spiders, ants, and bees to mites, ticks, lice, bed bugs, sand flies, biting midges, mosquitoes, and horse files. Attractive line drawings and color photographs help identify bugs accurately, and information on each bug's particular habits and habitats allows readers to minimize potentailly annoying, painful,...
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Overview

Here is all the information you will ever need-no matter where you are-to identify, avoid, and protect yourself against all manner of blood-sucking or venomous arthropods. Topics covered range from scorpions, spiders, ants, and bees to mites, ticks, lice, bed bugs, sand flies, biting midges, mosquitoes, and horse files. Attractive line drawings and color photographs help identify bugs accurately, and information on each bug's particular habits and habitats allows readers to minimize potentailly annoying, painful, and even lethal encounters. This book is packed with helpful tips on using barriers-window-screens, bed nets, smoky coils, and proper clothing-and on choosing the right repellent for the right bug in the right place. Readers also will learn how to apply pesticides safely and effectively. Based on the best available science, this well-illustrated, crystal clear guide will be welcome in any home or back yard, and an essential companion for travelers around the world.
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"This is a book that succeeds on several fronts. It is a tremendous resource for those of us who provide the public with information about arthropods and human health, as well as a very understandable handbook for the general public on how to avoid insect altercations. It is also one of the best reviews I have seen of both natural and synthetic repellents and the steps one may take to minimize contact with obnoxious arthropods. The authors did an exceptional job in creating a book that is clearly written, in a style that balances cold facts with the realities of everyday life and tosses in a bit of humor for flavor. It answers the questions all of us have about keeping medically important insect at least at femur's, if not arm's, length."--Marc J. Klowden for American Entomologist

"The authors have gone beyond a simple guide to insect repellents with this new text. Across the 15 chapters, the important biting (and stinging) arthropods are identified, and the strategies to avoid their bites, stings and the disease causing pathogens they may carry are discussed. Equally appealing to the scientist and 'entomophobe', this book draws on an astonishing amount of information from the scientific literature but presents it in a relatively straightforward, and occasionally humorous, manner that will not be off-putting to the layperson."--Australian Journal of Entomology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195365788
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,027,975
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Strickman is a National Program Leader in the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Stephen P. Frances is an entomologist at the Australian Army Malaria Institute in Brisbane.
Mustapha Debboun is a medical and veterinary entomologist in the U.S. Army Medical Department.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Graham B. White ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 What's Biting Me? 1

2 Location, Location, Location 21

3 When Is Enough Enough? 45

4 Stop Them at the Source 62

5 Wanted: Dead or Dead 78

6 Good Fences Make Good Neighbors 105

7 Suit Up! 123

8 Put on Something Natural 131

9 Repellents That Work 174

10 Formulation: The Choice Is Up to You 198

11 How Do I Know What Works? 206

12 How Do I Know That It's Safe? 219

13 Will It Hurt? Toxic Stings and Bites 230

14 Future Directions 270

15 Putting It All Together 274

Glossary 289

References 293

Index 303

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