With their notorious red spot and black body, black widow spiders have venom stronger than a rattlesnakes. Ever wonder why widow is in their name? After mating, females liquefy and eat males! Find out more about black widows in this book for brave, young readers.
At large on every continent, ticks feed on blood. Using their front legs, they attach to the skin of their victims and cling on tight. Ticks are mostly found in fields and forests and can spread dangerous diseases to the animals and people they come in contact with. Understand more about these bloodsuckers with this engrossing book for beginning readers.
Blending in with their surroundings, praying mantises easily grab prey with their spiny front legs. These insects enjoy munching on grasshoppers, spiders, and even small birds and lizards! With a triangular head that can turn 180 degrees and long legs that look like they're praying, these insects are sure to attract curious kids.
Did you know most slugs have eyes on the tips of their tentacles? These slimy, no-shell creatures like to eat plants and live in damp environments. Trails of slime indicate that slugs have creepy-crawled through the area! Learn more about the fascinating life of slugs in this title for young learners.
Furry, creepy, and seemingly sneaky, rats have a bad reputation for spreading disease and stealing food from under our noses. They are quite comfortable living in a number of environments, from swamps, to mountains, to basements. Color images show different species of rats, while informative text explains what a species is. A special section on pest control explains how rats were controlled in the Middle Ages and how they are controlled today. A section on lab rats even explains how these mammal pests have helped humans fight disease.
Ever get the icky sensation that your skin is crawling? Like tiny little bugs are scampering over your arms, your legs . . . your face? Well there really may be bugs on youones that are too small for you to see. Feasting Bedbugs, Mites, and Ticks examines the tiny, sometimes microscopic, insects that make their homes in our homes and on our bodies. Vibrant text and macro images put these creatures into hyper focus. A special popular culture section explains the origins of the old adage: sleep tight and dont let the bedbugs bite.
Termites can literally eat you out of house and home! Carpenter ants will use your home like a wood lot, taking what they want when they want, but without paying! Termites and Other Home Wreckers examines pests that chew, build, and bore their way into homes. Creepy images show the insects at different stages of the life cycle, and a family tree section lets you know who is related to whom.