Monday, September 24, 2007

Bug Book Leaves Authors Scratching Heads

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Icky insects are feasting on your blood and imbedded in your eyelashes.

That’s the sick story from Joshua Abarbanel and Jeff Swimmer, authors of A Field Guide to Household Bugs: It’s a Jungle in Here (Penguin), which profiles the creepy critters setting up shop in your home – and on your skin.

Abarbanel says researching the biting bloodsuckers left him a little pest paranoid.

He says, “We were definitely scratching our heads a lot while writing the lice chapter.”

While their book details a microscopic menagerie of insects, including eyelash mites and death watch beetles, the make-believe mites were the ones that really hit home.

Abarbanel says, “Bugs have become the gift of choice for people to give us – candies, toys, anything bug related. We don’t knowingly collect any bugs, though.”

But despite their roach research, the insect experts aren’t afraid to shoe away the problem.

Swimmer says, “We don’t have a problem with bugs outside, but when they cross over to our territory, they’re done.”

A Field Guide to Household Bugs hits shelves tomorrow (Sept. 25).

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