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


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Author: Olkowski, William

Format: Download: Adobe Reader

Number Of Pages: 736

EAN: 9780942391633

Release Date: 01-05-1991

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Hardcover

Details: Product Description This resource gives homeowners hundreds of ways to control garden pests. Here are remedies for ridding lawns, gardens, and trees of destructive invaders. From Amazon 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. From Publishers Weekly The authors of this impressive volume are founders of the Bio-Integral Resource Center in Berkeley, Calif., dedicated to nontoxic pest management. Throughout the book, their knowledge of environmentally friendly controls is richly evident. They begin by discussing basic plant, animal and insect names and information on management and natural pest controls--a section which, as they admit, readers may well want to skip, preferring to zero in on whatever particular pest they'd most like to stamp out. A thoroughgoing education follows: we learn nearly everything we'd ever want to know about pests and their control, ranging from indirect treatments to the physical (e.g., hand-removing Japanese beetles) and from the biological (releasing beneficial insects) to the chemical (insecticidal soap and baits). Pests of the home and greenhouse, the body, garden and the lawn are covered in unusual detail. (A section on pests in homes, for example, could serve as the basis for an annual homeowner's checkup.) The squeamish may not wallow in the lore of bugs so generously shared, but they'll marvel at the research that has fed the book--marvel enough, perhaps, to go back and read the introductory chapters. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Both this work and Bernice Lifton's Bug Busters: Poison-Free Controls for Your House & Garden ( LJ 3/15/91) promote pest prevention instead of crisis management and pesticide use. For the novice, Bug Busters is the more readable. It outlines basic facts and procedures without a great deal of detail, not even scientific names. More encyclopedic, Common Sense Pest Control is roughly three times longer, treats many more insect species in much more detail, sports more than four times the line drawings, and gives scientific names. Opening sections cover insect classification; the effects on pests of climate, weather, predators, pathogens, and parasites; basic concepts of integrated pest management; and chemical pest control agents (pesticides, organics, microbials, pheromones, growth regulators). Two appendixes list resources and suppliers. -Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. About the Author Dr. William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, and Helga Olkowski each have over 40 years’ experience designing least-toxic management programs against invertebrate, microbial and vertebrate pests, in a wide range of urban and rural settings. They are founders of the Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) in Berkeley, California, publisher two international periodicals on environmentally sound pest control: The IPM Practitioner and Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly. Steven Ash, with 28 years of IPM experience, is the IPM consultant to the San Francisco Department of Environment, Marin County, and other award-winning IPM Programs on the West Coast, and a member and IPM Instructor for Bay Friendly Landscaping.

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