Synopses & Reviews
They slip through the woods under cover of darkness. They drop from the sky shamelessly in broad daylight. They tunnel furiously through the earth. Their destination: your garden. Year after year, your garden is the target of insects and gophers and birds and slugs seeking a free meal. While you may be willing to share part of the crop, damage sometimes gets out of hand; then it's time to take action.
Bugs, Slugs and Other Thugs is for gardeners who've lost more than their fair share of the garden to bad-mannered insect and wildlife pests. It's a practical guide to pest controls that are safe for both the user and the environment.
Author Rhonda Massingham Hart equips you with information that will help you identify the intruders and then offers a host of practical, environmentally sound solutions to your pest problems. Remedies range from the latest scientific advances to tried-and-true folk remedies that really work:
-- Interplanting vine crops with corn will keep raccoons away; they dislike the unsure footing.
-- Clippings of cat or dog hair might be enough to ward off rodents and other pests.
-- A mulch of eggshells, gravel, or oak leaves sends slugs packing.
Consult Bugs, Slugs and Other Thugs before surrendering another season's garden to insect and wildlife pests. A healthy, bountiful harvest can be yours this season.
Hart suggests hundreds of ways to stop pests without risk to the user or the environment -- from folk remedies to the latest scientific discoveries.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-208) and index.
About the Author
Master Gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart is the author of Dirt Cheap Green Thumb, Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, Squirrel Proofing Your Home & Garden, North Coast Roses, and Trellising. Rhonda has written articles for a variety of magazines, including Flower & Garden, Woman"s Day Better Living, and Fine Gardening magazines. Her desire to deer- and squirrel-proof comes from her mutual respect for people and animals and from a desire to incorporate wildlife into our yards and lives. She has lectured extensively on pest proofing and organic gardening techniques and taught continuing adult education classes at her local community college.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Bad Birds
Chapter 2 Rodent Warriors
Rats, Mice, and Voles
Chapter 3 Big Game
Chapter 4 Friends and Neighbors
Dogs and Cats
Chapter 5 Lowlifes
Slugs and Snails
Chapter 6 What Bugs You?
Sprays and Dusts
Know thy Enemy
Beetles: Flea Beetles, Colorado Potato Beetles,
Cucumber Beetles, Japanese Beetles,
Mexican Bean Beetles
Borers: Squash Vine Borers
Bugs: Harlequin Bugs, SquashBugs
Caterpillars: Cabbage Loopers and Imported Cabbageworms,
Corn Earworms, Cutworms, Tomato Hornworms
Flies: Carrot Rust Flies
Mites: Spider Mites
Wasps: Yellow Jackets
Chapter 7 Getting Help: Acquiring and Managing Beneficials
Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets
Snakes, Turtles, Toads, and Decollate Snails
Appendix 1 Plants and Their Pests
Appendix 2 About Traps
Appendix 3 Live Traps for Mammals
Appendix 4 Mail-Order Suppliers