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Bug, Slugs, & Other Thugs: Controlling Garden Pests Organically (Down-To-Earth Book) Paperback – January 7, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Down-To-Earth Book
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 7, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882666649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882666648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Straightforward in manner, Hart ( You Can Carve Fantastic Jack-O-Lanterns ) concerns herself here with outdoor pests only (including deer, bears and--a bit cutely--kids). She describes the pest, its habits and life cycle, garden targets and deterrents (barriers, sprays, repellants, traps). There's a chapter on rodents, another on "big game" and one on bugs alone, which includes information on how to cultivate a healthy garden (soil and plants). Also provided is a handy chart of fruits and vegetables and the many and varied insect and non-insect pests that can plague them. A very welcome chapter on birds (the great predators of bugs) and how to attract the right ones, along with beneficial insects, flies and other animals (e.g., ferrets, snakes and toads) enhance this book's usefulness. Illustrations. Rodale's Organic Gardening Book Club main selection, Garden Book Club and Literary Guild alternate selections.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In today's pesticide-conscious world, homeowners frequently are caught in a bind: should they combat pests by adding yet more poison to an already polluted environment or simply tolerate a pest infestation? In fact, neither is necessary because ordinary household materials plus plain common sense and a little ingenuity can perform miracles. Either of the above titles as well as Bernice Lifton's Bug Busters ( LJ 3/15/91) and William Olkowski and others' Common Sense Pest Control ( LJ 5/1/91) can tell you how. The four books share a common theme: insecticide-free pest control that is made possible by first understanding the biology of each pest and then by using simple deterrents and eradication methods, including traps, barriers, baits, and repellents. The books differ in format, style of presentation, and number of pests covered. Bugs, Slugs, & Other Thugs is entirely garden-oriented and covers a wide variety of pests, including nematodes, spider mites, aphids, beetles, bugs, moth larvae, turtles, birds, and a long list of mammals, such as armadillos, bears, and the neighbor's kids. The other three books focus on pests of humans and houses as well as gardens. Of these, Common Sense Pest Control is the most encyclopedic and is the only one to discuss weeds and crop fungi. Bug Busters covers fewer species but outlines the biology of and control methods for the most important pests of humans and homes in step-by-step detail. Tiny Game Hunting is a bargain in spite of its small format (8 x 5). It is written in terse, yet conversational style and covers almost every creature included in the other books, and even has some the others don't.
- Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By " Anti Microchip " VINE VOICE on October 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up some time ago, and I have to say it has saved me in my garden endeavors on more than one occasion. Simply, this book covers every garden pest imaginable. I have never seen a book dedicate almost five pages on how to defend your garden against gophers. She takes an organic approach to her pest control; so if your looking for a book full of poisons available this is the wrong book for you. However, I have never seen another pest control book that is primarily dedicated to all the animal and insect pests you could encounter in your garden. One of the best books I've encountered. It is easy to read, insightful, and just plain full of knowledge. This is a top notch resource. I'm surprised Amazon doesn't have it in stock. Could it be out of print. Pick it up used, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Portugal Walatka on March 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been using this book for almost 20 years and I cannot imagine gardening without it. Whenever I am dealing with a new pest, I get out my copy of Bugs, Slugs and Other Thugs and find out what to do, organically.
-Pam Walatka, author of A Place For Human Beings, 2nd edition
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By Sharlene on April 28, 2014
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This book is everything we wanted.
And arrived in great condition.
We love the book and have put many ideas to use already.
Simple and effective
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Simon on January 13, 2009
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book is what I wanted, but I ordered it as a gift and it was damaged in shipping. It was shipped in paper which was ripped and the cover was half ripped off. So I was unable to give it as a gift.
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