Required Reading

If you’re exploring biocontrol and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), what follows are some books you should consider reading if you can find them. Everything is here except the hands-on experience.

Rodale’s Controlling Pests & Diseases
First Edition, 1994, Michalak & Gilkeson — ISBN: 0-87596-612-8. A weak source of information, but with some of the best photos out there.
Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect & Disease Control
First Edition, edited by Ellis & Bradley — ISBN: 0-87596-124-X. A really complete guide. Everyone should have this title.
The Gardener’s Guide to Plant Diseases
First Edition, 1995, Pleasant — ISBN: 0-88266-274-0. If this book had photos it would be number one. As it is, still a great resource.
Natural Enemies Handbook
First Edition, 1998, Flint & Dreistadt — ISBN: 1-879906-41-4. A skinny book but packed with great info.
IPM for Floriculture and Nurseries
First Edition, 1998, Dreistadt, Clark, & Flint — ISBN: 1-879906-46-5. This one’s a fat book, and like the title above, it’s packed with an even larger quantity of great info.
Ball Field Guide to Diseases of Greenhouse Ornamentals
First Edition, 1992, Daughtrey & Chase — ISBN: 0-9626796-3-1. A very technical and worthwhile disease guide.
Pests & Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials: The Biological Approach
First Edition, 1999, Gill, Clement & Dutky — ISBN: 1-883052-20-3. So many great books out there… this is no exception.
Diseases of Annuals and Perennials, A Ball Guide
First Edition, 1995, Chase, Daughtrey, & Simone — ISBN: 1-883052-08-4. Another good disease guide. The photos are better in the other Ball guide mentioned.
Photographic Atlas of Entomology & Guide to Insect Identification
First Edition, 2000, Castner — ISBN: 0-9625150-4-3. This is an exceptional identification guide. Basic to somewhat complex… it covers the field well.
Ball Pest and Disease Manual
Second Edition, 1997, Powell & Lindquist — ISBN: 958-95951-0-3. A great pest and disease reference for flower and foliage crops. Used to be a first-read title.
The Bug Cards
First Edition, 2001, Hofer & Headrick — Item #B054. A small, handy but simplistic ID guide. Laminated, good for field use.
Ball Identification Guide to Greenhouse Pests and Beneficials
First Edition, 1998, Gill & Sanderson — ISBN: 1-883052-17-3. This is a really good book I was introduced to a few years ago. Valuable.
Common-Sense Pest Control
First Edition, 1991, Olkowski, Daar, & Olkowski — ISBN: 0-942391-63-2. Long touted as an IPM bible. No longer in circulation. A real shame.
Rodale’s Pest & Disease Problem Solver
First Edition, 1996, Gil&keson, Pierce, & Smith — ISBN: 0-87596-850-3. This book is a decent guide, but was redundant. The “Handbook” covers it all.
Biological Pest Management for Interior Plantscapes
Second Edition, 1987, Steiner & Elliott — ISBN: 0-919975-12-7. This title is out of print, but this little booklet was highly praised. Somewhere out there there’s a copy with your name on it.
A Guide to the Biological of Greenhouse Aphids
First Edition, 1981, Gilkeson & Klein — ISBN: unknown, sorry. Like the booklet above, this one’s from days of old, but really worthwhile.
What’s Eating Your House Plants?
First Edition, 1977, Jordan — ISBN: 0-87857-257-0. Basic. A beginner’s guide to insect pests.
Bugs, Slugs, & Other Thugs
First Edition, 1991, Hart — ISBN: 0-88266-664-9. Basic. A beginner’s guide to insect pests.
The Gardener’s Bug Book
First Edition, 1994, Pleasant — ISBN: 0-88266-609-6. Basic. A beginner’s guide to insect pests.
Rodale’s Color Handbook of Garden Insects
First Edition, 1979, Carr — ISBN: 0-87857-250-3 or 0-87857-460-3. Basic. A beginner’s guide to insect pests. Nice Photos.
Tropical Foliage Disorders
First Edition, 2002, Griffith — ISBN: 1883052-30-0. A guide to what’s ailing your tropical plants.
Grower Talks on Pest Control
First Edition, 2001, Blanchette — ISBN: 1-883052-26-2. “GrowerTalks,” growers listen. Another fine Ball title. A full look.
Compendium of Flowering Potted Plant Diseases
First Edition, 1995, Daughtrey, Wick, & Peterson – ISBN: 0-89054-202-3. Another good disease title. Specific to potted plants.
Compendium of Rose Diseases
First Edition, 1983, Horst — ISBN: 0-89054-052-7. Another good disease title. Specific to roses.
Foliage Plant Diseases
First Edition, 1997, Chase — ISBN: 0-89054-179-5. Another good disease title. Specific to foliage.
The Pesticide Book
First Edition, 2000, Ware — ISBN: 0-913702-63-3. What’s this book doing here? Oh, well, if you need info on pesticides…
Alternatives to Insecticides for Managing Vegetable Insects
First Edition, 1998, Stoner — ISBN: 0-935817-49-2. Outside the mainstream? This book may be perfect for you.
Rodale’s Landscape Problem Solver
First Edition, 1989, Ball & Ball — ISBN: 0-87857-802-1. A landscape specific guide. Not a bad title.
Rodale’s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
First Edition, 1992, edited by Bradley & Ellis — ISBN: 0-87857-999-0. This is ancient and probably out of print. It was really a good book, though. Gave a broad view of everything.
Biological Control in the Western United States
University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources — Publication #3361. A UC title specific to Western states biocontrol and IPM.
Pests of the Garden and Small Farm Second Edition
University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources — Publication #3332. A UC title specific to garden and small farm biocontrol and IPM.
Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs
University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources — Publication #3359. A UC title specific to landscape biocontrol and IPM.