NOBODY LOVES A COCKROACH by Bill Ballantine
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NOBODY LOVES A COCKROACH

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Whether you're Albert Schweitzer or Little Miss Muffet, and think of them as pets or pests, you'll find this truly fascinating material which can be read by an equal differential in age. Mr. Ballantine (Wild Tigers & Tame Fleas; Horses & Their Bosses), while not quite as stylish a writer as say Berton Roueche, is still a very genial informant and if you've ever been bugged by not only the tenacious and gregarious cockroach, but also spiders, fleas, termites, lice, ants as well as larger assailants--bats, rats, pigeons, you'll be wholly interested. Did you know that: a prince kept a tame bat (they can only fly for ten minutes--are very catchable) which ate chocolates perched on his wife's shoulder every night; that flies are much filthier than roaches; that termites do more damage than lightning, tornadoes and arson ""and frugging teen-agers combined""; that while spiders are over-feared, wasps are underestimated? etc. etc. (As for pesticides, a DDTonation of arguments pro as well as against.) Everybody should like Nobody Loves: it's an attractant of the highest order.

Pub Date: July 2nd, 1968
Publisher: Little, Brown