American pests: the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT

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The world of insects is one we only dimly understand. Yet from using arsenic, cobalt, and quicksilver to kill household infiltrators to employing the sophisticated tools of the Orkin Man, Americans have fought to eradicate the "bugs" they have learned to hate. Inspired by the still-revolutionary theories of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring , James E. McWilliams argues for a more harmonious and rational approach to our relationship with insects, one that does not harm our environment and, consequently, ourselves along the way. Beginning with the early techniques of colonial farmers and ending with the modern use of chemical insecticides, McWilliams deftly shows how America's war on insects mirrors its continual struggle with nature, economic development, technology, and federal regulation. He reveals a very American paradox: the men and women who settled and developed this country sought to control the environment and achieve certain economic goals; yet their methods of agricultural expansion undermined their efforts and linked them even closer to the inexorable realities of the insect world. As told from the perspective of the often flamboyant actors in the battle against insects, American Pests is a fascinating investigation into the attitudes, policies, and practices that continue to influence our behavior toward insects. Asking us to question, if not abandon, our reckless (and sometimes futile) attempts at insect control, McWilliams convincingly argues that insects, like people, have an inherent right to exist and that in our attempt to rid ourselves of insects, we compromise the balance of nature.
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Bekämpfung
Electronic books
Ethnoentomology
Ethnoentomology -- United States
History
Insect pests -- Control
Insect pests -- Control -- United States -- History
Insekten
Insekten -- Mensch
Insektenbeka?mpfung -- USA -- Geschichte
Insektenbekämpfung -- USA -- Geschichte
Insektizid
Insektizid -- Umweltbelastung -- USA -- Geschichte
Mensch -- Insekten
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects -- United States
Pesticides -- Political aspects -- United States
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Zoology -- Entomology
Scha?dlingsbeka?mpfung
Schädlingsbekämpfung
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- General
USA
United States
title_displayAmerican pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT
title_fullAmerican pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT / James E. McWilliams
American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT [electronic resource] / James E. McWilliams
American pests [electronic resource] : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT / James E. McWilliams
title_shortAmerican pests
title_subthe losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT
topic_facetAgriculture
Beka?mpfung
Bekämpfung
Control
Electronic books
Entomology
Environmental aspects
Ethnoentomology
General
History
Insect pests
Insekten
Insektenbeka?mpfung
Insektenbekämpfung
Insektizid
Life Sciences
Mensch
Pesticides
Political aspects
SCIENCE
Scha?dlingsbeka?mpfung
Schädlingsbekämpfung
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
Umweltbelastung
Zoology