The Bugman on Bugs: Understanding Household Pests and the Environment

Overview

This sequel to the authors' Ask the Bugman (2002) contains more valuable information on how to identify assorted insects and arthropods and the best ways to keep them out of your house, all presented with the wry humor that fans of Fagerlund's nationally distributed newspaper column have come to treasure. Fagerlund and Strange are proponents of Integrated Pest Management rather than the technique they label "Spray and Pray" used by most exterminating businesses. Anyone concerned about the health effects of ...

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Overview

This sequel to the authors' Ask the Bugman (2002) contains more valuable information on how to identify assorted insects and arthropods and the best ways to keep them out of your house, all presented with the wry humor that fans of Fagerlund's nationally distributed newspaper column have come to treasure. Fagerlund and Strange are proponents of Integrated Pest Management rather than the technique they label "Spray and Pray" used by most exterminating businesses. Anyone concerned about the health effects of pesticides will want to follow the useful advice in The Bugman on Bugs, including specific information on what kinds of substances and techniques work best for particular pests.

In addition to illustrated chapters on roaches, ants, flies, spiders, centipedes and scorpions, fleas, lice, bed bugs, mice, termites, and other kinds of pests, the authors discuss human reactions to these creatures, turning their attention both to phobias and to the place of insects in our religious and spiritual lives. Amazing pest control tales are sprinkled throughout the book (have you thought about greasing your linens with hog lard to make yourself disgusting even to fleas?), as well as peculiar facts and even a recipe for sautéed termites.

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Editorial Reviews

BellaOnline.com
For those interested in minimizing their exposure to toxic pesticides, this book ir required reading.
E-Streams
Bugman on Bugs is a handy, informative book to have around when you encounter any type of pest in your home. . . Bugman on Bugs is highly recommended for public libraries and personal collections.
Journal of the Pesticide Action Network
The Bugman on Bugs provides clear and compelling arguments for avoiding pesticides documenting some of the bad practices of "trained" pest control operators and health effects experienced by those exposed to the chemicals they have sprayed. This book is a highly readable and knowledgeable account.
Midwest Book Review
A simple, basic guide for the lay reader with bug problems. . . solid advice.
Southwest BookViews
The Bugman on Bugs gives us a hand at being better managers of out creeping and crawling co-residents.
The Port Arthus News
With humor, respect and intelligence, Richard Fagerlind presents The Bugman on Bugs . . Besides control tips, read it for the fun facts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826333636
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2004
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 1,410,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Fagerlund, B.C.E., formerly performed Integrated Pest Management at the University of New Mexico.

Johnna Strange is a writer, artist, and technical illustrator living in Albuquerque.

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