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  Living with Bugs: Least-toxic Solutions to Everyday Bug Problems

Summary: A book for homeowners about common insect and mite pests. Each of the 50+ most common household pests are covered in detail, plus drawings and photographs to help with identification.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD
OSU Ext. Entomologist (ret.)

Living with Bugs: Least-toxic Solutions to Everyday Bug Problems (2009; 176 pages; OSU Press) answers homeowner's questions about the fifty** or so most common household insect and mite pests. Every pest topic from ants to vinegar flies is covered with more pictures, drawings and detailed life history than we have room for in the 'Bugs website.

The emphasis is on least-toxic solutions to these pest problems. In many cases, in fact, the best approach may be to do nothing, or to use simple "watchful waiting". But in other cases a more active approach may be needed and we provide the information you need to tell the difference.

Written for every homeowner, Master Gardener, Cooperative Extension agent, Living with Bugs includes more than ninety color and black-and-white photographs and drawings, an identification guide to common pests and damage, as well as pointers to additional web-based control information. See the Chapter titles below for a complete list.

cover of Living With Bugs

**bed bugs, black flies, fleas, lice, biting midges, mosquitoes, ticks, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, wood wasps, powderpost beetles, termites, bees, fire ants, wasps, nuisance ants, pantry pests, cockroaches, carpet beetles, clothes moths, nest mites, chigger mites, scabies & mange mites, horse & deer flies, stable flies, boxelder bugs, cluster flies, house flies, fungus gnats, drain flies, lady beetles, silverfish & firebrats, vinegar flies, dust mites, venomous spiders, and delusions & phobias

Pests are grouped by what they do rather than by strict taxonomic relationships. For example, the section on carpenter ants is grouped with sections about insects that damage structures like termites rather than with the other non-destructive, nuisance ants.

Each chapter contains detailed information about life history and clues to identification. The Appendix is devoted to helping the average homeowner identify an unknown specimen using pictures and online resources.

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Chapter titles:

  • Chapter 1 Critters that bite and leave a red, itchy bump
  • Chapter 2 Insects that damage building materials
  • Chapter 3 Insects that swarm and sting
  • Chapter 4 Insects that invade kitchens and pantries
  • Chapter 5 Insects that damage natural fabrics
  • Chapter 6 Tiny microscopic biting mites
  • Chapter 7 Large flies that bite people and livestock
  • Chapter 8 Insects that invade homes but cause little damage
  • Chapter 9 Dust mites
  • Chapter 10 Medically significant spiders in North America
  • Chapter 11 Real and imaginary fears
  • Chapter 12 More about pest control
  • Appendix
    • Identifying an unknown bug
    • Identifying insect damage
    • Using the Internet
  • Index


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Mission: To provide accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information for solving common insect and mite problems around your home, business and landscape using least-toxic methods.

Jack DeAngelis, PhD,  , email:  [email protected]

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