Full of helpful advice about how to recognize and deal with (move, kill, or leave) the animals that share our homes and backyards.
Australian homes and backyards are abuzz with wildlife: possums in the roof, ants in the cupboards, frogs in the pond and spiders hanging from windows and racing across walls. There are ticks on the dog, fleas on the cat and nits in the children's hair. When the bandicoots are digging up the lawn, the cockatoos have peeled the flashing off the roof and a bird is trying to mate with the car window reach for Spineless, a useful little book that will help you identify the pests (and pals) that share your home and will show you how to cultivate the good guys while banishing those pesky or downright alarming house guests.
Dr Bronwen Scott is an invertebrate zoologist at Victoria University, Melbourne. She is an inveterate blogger, a talented science communicator and writes with a lightness and ease which is rare among those in her discipline.
Table Of Contents:
What's doing this?
What does it look like?
1 Long and thin: wrigglers and grubs
EARTHWORMS LEECHES FLATWORMS MAGGOTS CHERRY OR PEAR SLUGS SPITFIRES CATERPILLARS INDIAN MEAL MOTH CATERPILLARS CABBAGE MOTH AND CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLY CATERPILLARS BEETLE LARVAE MILLIPEDES CENTIPEDES VELVET WORMS
2 Hoppers, skippers and jumpers
GRASSHOPPERS, LOCUSTS AND KATYDIDS LANDHOPPERS FLEAS
3 Eight-legged crawlers
SPIDERS HARVESTMEN SCORPIONS MITES TICKS
4 Six-legged crawlers
ANTS BEETLES BUGS APHIDS COCKROACHES EARWIGS TERMITES CRICKETS ANTLIONS BOOKLICE THRIPS LICE AND NITS BEDBUGS PRAYING MANTISES STICK INSECTS SILVERFISH SLATERS
5 Snails and s
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Wildlife: general interest