by Hilary Dole Klein and Adrian M. Wenner
Every year Americans use a staggering 4.5 billion pounds of toxic pesticides in and around their homes, schools, parks, and roads-a growing health risk for people and the environment. But are these poisons really n necessary? This book, appealing to the hunter in us all, shows how to triumph over pests without losing the war to unsafe chemicals. Written in a lively and entertaining style and illustrated with detailed drawings, Tiny Game Hunting gives us hundreds of tried-and-true ways to control or kill common household and garden pests without using toxic pesticides.
--from University of California Press,
University of California Press, 2001, 268 pages, 6" x 9", paperback
"Tiny Game Hunting is the delightful name of a useful book [that tells] how to get ants to move by pouring a blended solution of lemon peel on their nest, how to repel gophers with Juicy Fruit gum, and how to confuse thrips with aluminum strips. There is some very good natural history on each pest-so you can better understand what makes them tick-and it is told with fine sense of humor. There are dozens of pests described and hundreds of clever cures in this book."
-LOS ANGELES TIMES
In the movie Caddy Shack, Bill Murray's character resorts to explosives to combat a gopher. According to this book, all he needed was a stick of gum. This handy guide offers hundreds of alternatives to poisons in the effort to get rid of all kinds of pests including fleas, ticks, aphids, gypsy moths, slugs, and larger critters such as raccoons, squirrels, and skunks. Methods include everything from planting techniques that deter certain pests in the garden to recipes for safe repellents and even sticking slices of Juicy Fruit down a gopher hole. The guide also details the positive attributes of most of these animals and advocates relocating unwanted creatures if possible.
--from Science News
U CA Pr, 2001, 268 p., b&w; illus., paperback
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