Synopses & Reviews
A practical guide to repelling indoor and outdoor pests using organic methods, updated with new information on getting rid of bedbugs and dust mites, plus includes updated online resources.
This comprehensive guide is a user-friendly source for anyone who wants to control pests in the home and garden without heavy-duty chemical warfare. Readers will learn how to make their own all-purpose pest repellents with simple household ingredients like chile peppers and vinegar. Gardeners will learn how to use plant pairings to attract beneficial insects and animals or repel harmful ones. Homeowners and apartment dwellers with indoor infestations will also find useful advice on safely eliminating ants, roaches, and rodents. With a full chapter on how to protect your pets from critters like ticks and fleas, and simple DIY organic pest control recipes throughout, this is the most straightforward and simple guide to indoor and outdoor natural pest solutions.
About the Author
As one of the country’s first environmental TV reporters, LOREN NANCARROW has seen interest and knowledge in humans’ role in the natural environment grow significantly in the past three decades, and he’s been awarded some of broadcast journalism’s highest honors for reporting on environmental science and nature around the planet. When not covering the news, Loren has worked at improving the environment as a founding trustee of the EcoLife Foundation. The EcoLife Foundation has projects in the United States, Mexico, and Africa aimed at reducing carbon output, reforesting important habitat, and saving vulnerable species, like monarch butterflies in Mexico and mountain gorillas in Uganda. Loren makes his home in coastal Southern California. He and his wife, Susie, have three grown children. He is a passionate organic vegetable gardener.
A native Californian, JANET HOGAN TAYLOR graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology with emphasis in entomology. Janet took a job with the San Diego Zoo, where she became a senior keeper in the bird department. Never forgetting her roots in entomology, Janet helped develop several natural pest control techniques at the zoo to keep the birds and animals pest free. Currently, Janet works as an environmental scientist and resides in Southern California with her husband, a black lab named Drake, and hundreds of backyard birds, reptiles, and assorted varmints. She and her husband Brian, also an entomologist, have two grown children.
Loren and Janet have written three books together: Dead Snails Leave No Trails, Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy, and The Worm Book.
Table of Contents
Chapter One. Pesticide Savvy
(Synthetic vs. Natural vs. Biological)
Integrated Pest Management • Pesticide Safety • Pesticide Information Resources
Chapter Two. Home Pest Control
Ants • Bedbugs • Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs • Cockroaches •
Dust Mites • Mice and Rats • Termites
Chapter Three. Garden Pest Control
Ants in the Garden • Aphids • Cabbage Loopers • Corn Earworms • Cucumber Beetles • Cutworms • Earwigs • Fruit Flies • Grasshoppers •
Green Fig Beetles • Gypsy Moths • Harlequin Bugs • Japanese Beetles •
Mealybugs and Scale Insects • Mosquitoes • Rose Slugs (Sawflies) • Rose Mildew • Snails and Slugs • Sow Bugs • Spider Mites • Squash Vine Borers • Tomato Hornworms • Whiteflies • Wireworms (Click Beetles)
Chapter Four. Pet Help
Fleas • Flies • Ticks
Chapter Five. Good Guys or Bad Guys?
Blister Beetles • Centipedes • Crane Flies • Crickets • Darkling Beetles (aka Stink Beetles) • Eucalyptus Long-Horned Beetles • Jerusalem Crickets • Snakes • Spiders • Spittle Bugs (Froghoppers) • Tarantula Hawk Wasps • Yellow Jacket Wasps
Chapter Six. Beneficial Insects and Animals
Bats • Bees • Green Lacewings • Ground Beetles (Carabid Beetles) • Hover Flies (Syrphid Flies) • Hummingbirds • Ladybugs (Ladybird Beetles) • Lizards • Nematodes • Parasitic Wasps • Praying Mantises • Robber Flies • Toads and Frogs
Chapter Seven. Beneficial Plants
and All-Purpose Repellents
Insect-Repelling Plants • Animal-Repelling Plants • All-Purpose Repellents
Chapter Eight. Four-Legged Intruders
Cats and Dogs • Deer • Gophers • Moles • Opossums • Rabbits • Skunks • Ground Squirrels • Tree Squirrels • Voles
Resources and Buying Guide
About the Authors