by Andrew Spielman and Michael D'Antonio
Those annoying, merciless creatures, adept at evading a mortal slap and feasting upon human blood, are thoroughly described in this illuminating book. The authors assert that these self-serving insects contribute nothing to the environment except the threat of diseases such as malaria and dengue and West Nile fevers. They then trace mosquito-eradication efforts from the early 1900s, including the U.S. Army's battle against malaria during construction of the Panama Canal. Other chapters emphasize the historical impact of these pests, the modern misguided use of DDT, and the current resurgence of mosquito-transmitted diseases once believed to be eradicated.
Hyperion, 2001, 247 p., color and b&w; photos/illus., hardcover
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