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Infested : how the bed bug infiltrated our bedrooms and took over the world

Author: Brooke Borel
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bed bugs. Few words strike such fear in the minds of travelers. In cities around the world, lurking beneath the plush blankets of otherwise pristine-looking hotel beds are tiny bloodthirsty beasts just waiting for weary wanderers to surrender to a vulnerable slumber. Though bed bugs today have infested the globe, the common bed bug is not a new pest at all. Indeed, as Brooke Borel reveals in this unusual history,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brooke Borel
ISBN: 9780226041933 022604193X 9780226361086 022636108X
OCLC Number: 887849406
Description: xiv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Mysterious bites --
Cryptic insect: meet the bed bug --
The fall: DDT and the slaying of the beast --
The forgotten era: out of sight, out of mind --
The return: a pyrethroid paradox --
Annihilation: by any means necessary --
Fear: when things go bite in the night --
Money: the Wild West of the bed bug economy --
Mysterious rash: the psychological toll of travel --
The origin of a species: the bed bug's beginning --
Epilogue: Horror, curiosity, and joy --
Appendix 1. Brooke's bed bug guide --
Appendix 2. Bed bug songs --
Appendix 3. Bed bug limericks.
Responsibility: Brooke Borel.

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Introduces the biological histories of bed bugs, and the ways in which humans have responded to them. The author explores the history of bed bugs and their disappearance in the 1950s after the  Read more...

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"Our encounters with bed bugs used to be limited to wishes for a good night's sleep. But now they're everywhere - in hotels, apartments, and even subways. In her fascinating book Infested, Borel Read more...

 
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