Hey, Bug Doctor!: The Scoop on Insects in Georgia's Homes and Gardens

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University of Georgia Press, 2006 - Nature - 220 pages
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Bugs can sometimes really . . . bug you. On the flip side, they pollinate crops, provide food for birds and other wildlife, produce honey and other useful things, and serve as bellwether indicators of our environment's health. That's to say nothing of aesthetic worth. Iridescent dragonflies weaving patterns of light as they patrol a lakeshore, a ghostly luna moth drifting through the dusk-encounters like these enrich our lives enormously.

That's what Hey, Bug Doctor! is all about: appreciating that the difference between a pesky and a helpful bug often comes down to how, when, and where you find it. Few of us realize that better than entomologist Jim Howell, who is known to readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution through his helpful, humorous columns on getting along with bugs. Gathered here are Howell's profiles of over sixty crawling and flying (and yes, biting and stinging) bugs commonly found in homes, gardens, and yards in Georgia and around the Southeast.

Each illustrated profile describes the bug's appearance, diet, behavior, and impact on the natural and built environments. Like Howell's widely read newspaper columns, the profiles offer unusual facts, popular myths, and stories of real-life encounters. A single square yard of your lawn or garden can contain hundreds, even thousands, of bugs. Here is proven, practical guidance on those beautiful, ugly, harmless, toxic, and ultimately amazing creatures with which you share your home and yard.

  • LAWN AND GARDEN INSECTS
  • Doodlebugs: Part of Rural Americana
  • Fire Ants: A Double Whammy of Pain
  • Luna Moths: Charming Guests in Your Garden
  • Fireflies: Fairy Lanterns in the Backyard
    • RELATIVES
    • Spider Mites: Nasty in Hot, Dry Weather
    • Golden Garden Spiders: Welcome This Web Weaver to Feast in Your Garden
    • Chiggers: Ooooohhh, Those Itchy Redbugs
    • Ticks: Don't Get "Ticked" with Warm Spring Weather
    • HOUSEHOLD INSECTS
    • Bedbugs and Batbugs: Tiny Bedroom Vampires
    • Fruit Flies: Drunk on Their Own Success
    • Cockroaches: Will They Outlast Us All?
    • Termites: Your Home Is Their Sunday Buffet
      • RELATIVES
      • Daddy-Longlegs: Alien Invaders?
      • Dust Mites: Gesundheit!
      • Common House Spiders: Messy But Harmless
      • Black Widows and Brown Recluses: Are They Really Husband Killers and Loners?
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1
LAWN AND GARDEN INSECTS
14
A Double Whammy of Pain
27
Grab Your Broom Handle JuniorTheyre Back
40
Beneficial in the Garden Pests in the House
56
Another Unsightly Nuisance
68
Attack of the Tomato Killers
83
Are the Gardenias Smoking?
96
Ooooohhh Those Itchy Redbugs
125
HOUSEHOLD INSECTS
134
Small Insects Big Problems
147
More than Just a Tobacco Pest
161
Your Home Is Their Sunday Buffet
176
Alien Invaders?
192
Messy but Harmless
198
Index
213

The Original Summer Buzz
111

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About the author (2006)

Jim Howell writes a popular weekly column in the Home and Garden section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A widely published entomologist who worked at the University of Georgia for thirty years, Howell has served as an expert witness in a number of cases, including one involving spider bites on Georgia prison inmates. Send your questions about bugs to Jim at hey_bug_doctor@hotmail.com.

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