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The History of Pests, An Unwelcome Neighbor in Many U.S. Cities

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September 25, 2013

One may see a rat scurry across a Baltimore street--and depending on how long you've been an urbanite--you might shriek or just casually walk by it, thinking nothing of the rodent. But, the presence of that rat, and numerous other pests, have a complex history in urban cities, one that Dawn Day Biehler has studied in great detail. 

Stemming from her interest in pest ecology, pesticides and the resulting public health implications, Biehler has written Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches and Rats which will be published October 1. Baltimore's brown rat or Norway rat is examined in the book.

Biehler says people's interactions with these pests differ based upon race and class, as housing and neighborhood conditions impact the prevalance and the management of pests in various U.S. cities. 

Biehler is also a professor in UMBC's Geography and Environmental Systems Department. UMBC Magazine featured Biehler in a recent edition.





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