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House Guests, House Pests A Natural History of Animals in the Home by Richard Jones
  

House Guests, House Pests A Natural History of Animals in the Home

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An engaging read that spills the secrets of the animals sharing our homes. Not all of us have geckos or termites, but we certainly have spiders, an unlucky few suffering from Death Watch Beetle but we hope not rats or bed-bugs. We suffer with holes in clothing from moths, find horrors in a bag of flour or get bitten by mosquitoes – an alarming number of creatures live off us and our homes. But how did these visitors originate – and this is where Richard Jones excels, tracing back the likely ancestors of everything from grain weevils to house flies. Richard Jones’s eyes would light up if he saw a beetle infestation or a jar of flour heaving with weevils, his sheer enthusiasm a corrective to the ask no questions, kill it first school of pest-control.

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Synopsis

House Guests, House Pests A Natural History of Animals in the Home by Richard Jones

Today we live in snug, well-furnished houses surrounded by the trappings of a civilised life. But we are not alone - we suffer a constant stream of unwanted visitors. Our houses, our food, our belongings, our very existence are under constant attack from a host of invaders eager to take advantage of our shelter, our food stores and our tasty soft furnishings. From bats in the belfry to beetles in the cellar, moths in the wardrobe and mosquitoes in the bedroom, humans cannot escape the attentions of the animal kingdom. Nature may be red in tooth and claw, but when it's our blood the bedbugs are after, when it's our cereal bowl that's littered with mouse droppings, and when it's our favourite chair that collapses due to woodworm in the legs, it really brings it home the fact that we and our homes are part of nature too. This book represents a 21st century version of the classic Mediaeval bestiary. It poses questions such as where these animals came from, can we live with them, can we get rid of them, and should we? Written in Richard Jones's engaging style and with a funky-retro design, House Guests, House Pests will be a book to treasure.

Reviews

'Jones and Sweeney-Lynch explain the science and society of bees in clear, accessile language . . . Richly satisfying.' -- The New York Times on The Beekeeper's Bible

'A glorious invitation into the depths of the honeybee hive.' -- Chicago Tribune on The Beekeeper's Bible

'An elegant, information-packed addition to the library of the most serious beekeeper.' -- Better Homes and Gardens Country Garden on The Beekeeper's Bible

About the Author

Richard Jones is one of the co-authors of Little Book of Nits. A fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and past president of the British Entomological Society, Richard now writes about insects, nature and the environment for BBC Wildlife, the Guardian, Gardeners' World and Country Living.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Richard Jones

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9781472906236

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