Synopses & Reviews
Bites from bloodsucking or venomous bugs are often painful and sometimes dangerous. Venoms from scorpions, spiders, centipedes, ants, wasps, and bees can be very poisonous, or induce serious allergic reactions. Blood sucking mites, ticks, lice, bed bugs, kissing bugs, sand flies, biting midges, black flies, mosquitoes, snipe flies, horse flies, tsetse flies, stable flies, and fleas can drive a person crazy with their bites. More seriously, some of them can leave behind pathogens that cause serious diseases. Wherever you live, travel, or work, this volume will give you a firm idea of the nature of the biting or stinging problem and what to do about it.
The book begins with an illustrated chapter that demystifies identification of the biting creatures, using common words for descriptions and names. The next two chapters give you an idea of the risk from each kind of bug throughout the world so that you can tailor your response to the region in which you live, work, or travel. Solutions to biting bugs are presented in a series of steps, beginning with how to stop them at their sources, how to select and apply pesticides safely and effectively, how to erect barriers between you and the biting arthropods, and how to choose and use the best repellent for your own situation. The world of venomous arthropods is treated separately, but you will be just as prepared to avoid their bites and stings.
Here is all the information you will ever need--no matter where you are in the world--to identify, avoid, and protect yourself against all manner of blood sucking or venomous arthropods, ranging from scorpions, spiders, ants, and bees to mites, ticks, lice, bed bugs, sand flies, biting midges, mosquitoes, and horse flies. Line drawings and representative color photographs help identify bugs accurately, and information on each bug's particular habits and habitats allows readers to minimize potentially 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 a welcome guest in any home or back yard, and an essential companion for travelers around the world.
About the Author
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.