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The author intended this work "as a manual or ready reference book for the farmer, the stockman, the gardener, the householder and all others who may at times be more or less troubled with pests." The book includes mainly pests of the United States, wherein nothing is omitted except the human pest. Because of the wide range of subjects covered—from chiggers to wolves—only the most essential facts in regard to each topic are discussed. Section one, composed of ninety pages, is devoted to pests of man and domestic animals. Among them are mites, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, bedbugs, lice, fleas and parasitic worms, of which not only something of the life history is given but also the diseases which they disseminate and simple methods of protection against them. Section two, of nearly 300 pages, is mainly of economic interest, dealing with pests of fruit trees, berries, grapes, vegetables, field crops and
Common Pests: How to Control Some of the Pests That Affect Man's Health, Happiness and Welfare.. JAMA. 1931;97(19):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730190065035