Common Sense Pest Control (CSPC) by William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, and Helga Olkowski
This important resource gives homeowners hundreds of environmentally effective ways to control garden pests. Here are all the no- to low-toxicity remedies for ridding lawns, gardens, and trees of destructive invaders. From microscopic organisms that case plant-killing blights to burrowing moles that destroy gardents and lawns, readers find solutions to all their pest problems. Photos. Review
If you have a home, an apartment, a garden, or a pet (or, in some cases, housemates or tenants), you've probably got pests. And if you want to control pests, there's no need to poison yourself. While the Green Revolution and DDT and other pesticides dominated the world of agribusiness, thoughtful scientists world-wide were simultanously and silently working on "Integrated Pest Management", which is often as effective as pesticides at reducing or eliminating pests. From ridding your apartment of cockroaches to dealing with the regional deforestation threats of Gypsy Moths, this is the authoritative book on how to control pests by using the natural mechanisms of control that have kept our planet from being savaged, prior to our human disruptions.

From Publishers Weekly
The authors of this impressive volume are founders of the Bio-Integral Resource Center in Berkeley, Calif., dedicated to nontoxic pest management. Throughout the book, their knowledge of environmentally friendly controls is richly evident. They begin by discussing basic plant, animal and insect names and information on management and natural pest controls--a section which, as they admit, readers may well want to skip, preferring to zero in on whatever particular pest they'd most like to stamp out. A thoroughgoing education follows: we learn nearly everything we'd ever want to know about pests and their control, ranging from indirect treatments to the physical (e.g., hand-removing Japanese beetles) and from the biological (releasing beneficial insects) to the chemical (insecticidal soap and baits). Pests of the home and greenhouse, the body, garden and the lawn are covered in unusual detail. (A section on pests in homes, for example, could serve as the basis for an annual homeowner's checkup.) The squeamish may not wallow in the lore of bugs so generously shared, but they'll marvel at the research that has fed the book--marvel enough, perhaps, to go back and read the introductory chapters.

Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review by Choice Review
Written by professionals, this comprehensive, up-to-date account offers integrated pest management (IPM) as an alternative scheme of pest control, relying on a variety of physical, mechanical, cultural, and biological methods of control. Chemical controls are suggested as a last resort and only those that are the least toxic and safe to the user and the environment. This interesting, informative, easy-reading text is accompanied by 50 photos, 308 drawings, and 107 tables and charts, making it the ultimate guide to effective, reliable, and safe management of just about every living pest problem that can be encountered. Major sections are devoted to "Basic Concepts," "Beneficial Organisms," "Pesticides," "Pests of the Human Body," "Pests inside the House," "Pests of Indoor Plants," "Pests of the House Structure," "Pests in the Garden," and "Pests of the Community." The list of references and readings at the end of each of the 36 chapters provides sources for additional information and full bibliographic citations for material quoted in the text. A very useful resource appendix is included. Although the book was written for general readers, the information will have appeal for a wide range of readers interested in alternatives to harsher methods of dealing with the age-old problem of pest control. A must for every library.-K. T. Settlemyer, Lock Haven University.

Copyright American Library Association.

Common-Sense Pest Control Rating
5 Star Rating

By Debbie Hadley, Guide
The Bottom Line
While there may be newer pest control books on the market, you won't find a more comprehensive reference than Common-Sense Pest Control. If you've got any kind of pest problems, from lice to termites, aphids to mosquitoes, this book will teach you how to control them without reaching for the pesticides. You'll learn the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), how to identify insects and other pests, and how to prevent pest problems in the first place. If you're a homeowner or a gardener, this book should be on your shelf.
  • A how-to guide to "green" pest control – least-toxic solutions
  • Includes detailed chapters on beneficial insects and organic products
  • A well-organized and comprehensive reference to pests in the home, garden, and community
  • Pest control solutions that work, backed by scientific research
  • Will teach you how to limit the use of pesticides in your home and garden