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Preventing and Controlling Ants

There are several things you can do to prevent ants from entering your home. The first step is exclusion.  Go around the outside of your home and inspect it very carefully from an ant’s point of view. Ants can sense cool air and aromatic odors emanating from your home and will try to gain access. … Continue reading


We should avoid killing or injuring any songbird, or any birds whose principal food consists of insects. This could be all the species and varieties of birds represented by the several families of bluebirds, including the western and mountain bluebirds; also bobolinks, catbirds, chickadees, cuckoos, roadrunner, flickers, flycatchers, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, kinglets, martins, meadowlarks, nighthawks, nuthatches, … Continue reading

International Bug Club

Pesticides, when improperly used as they often are, are weapons of mass destruction and need to be reduced, and hopefully, eliminated from society. There is no reason to endanger your family, your guests, your pets or disrupt the ecosystem on your property with the generic spraying of toxic pesticides, including herbicides. You are invited to … Continue reading

Pest Control Industry

Somebody asked me the following question, and it doesn’t have a short answer. Sorry this is a long answer. Here is the question; “When did you change from being an exterminator of insects into the champion and protector of the little guys? What led to that change?” I have been in the pesticide industry for … Continue reading


It is officially monsoon season in some areas and we are getting rain today, which the ecosystem really needs. The rain won’t attract more bugs to your house as they will be happy outside with the water they need. What will happen is a lot of bugs that breed in water will be showing up … Continue reading

Pest Management Consulting

The weather in the US is bringing out a lot of bugs and that is probably happening in a lot of places around the world.  I will help anyone that has any pest problems online and there is no charge. I will never recommend using toxic pesticides and very rarely recommend a pest control company. … Continue reading


It is very hot in the southwest and very dry.  All animals need moisture and that includes termites.  Subterranean termites will be moving in under slab homes because the soil is damper under slabs.  You can do one of two things.  You can have your home inspected by a qualified inspector, or you can monitor … Continue reading

Little known laws

This post below refers to laws in NM, but other states may have similar laws. This is something that gets very little attention when it comes to applying pesticides and herbicides.  We have laws in New Mexico that protect horned lizards and some songbirds. It is  NM Statute § 17-2-15 and 17-2-13 2017 New Mexico … Continue reading

Pest Proofing your Home

The most important part of pest management in your home is pest exclusion. The purpose of pest-proofing your home is to help keep cockroaches, ants, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, rodents and other pests out.  It will also allow you to not have to hire a pest control company to spray pesticides all around your home or … Continue reading

Pesticide Misapplications

I was driving a little while ago and I saw a pest control company power spraying pesticides around a house. I stopped and pretended I was interested in the service. I asked him what he was using and he said it was organic, made from chrysanthemums. Of course, that is nonsense as he was using … Continue reading


Flies are going to be very common this year because of the weather. Here is some info on some of the more common fly pests and how to deal with them. Flies are the fourth largest order of insects and there are over 100,000 species. Most of them are beneficial to some degree as they … Continue reading

Bug Books and Bug Club


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Earth Friendly Guide to Pest Management Home and Garden


Lifetime Membership Bug Club $25

You are welcome to join my Bug Club. If you join, I will help you with any pest problems you have forever.  I will send you a copy, via email, of my handbook, “Earth Friendly Pest Management for your Home and Garden and for Commercial Establishments”  If you have any pest or pesticide issues, I will help you to the best of my ability.  This includes any pest problems at home, at work or anywhere and this offer is open to anyone in the world.  Also I will help anyone in your immediate family. If your parents, children, brothers or sisters have pest problems, I will help them also, wherever they live.  All you would need to do is give them my contact info. If you want to join, the cost is $25 for a lifetime membership.  You can pay through my PayPal account at or you can send a check to me at 7595 Faith Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88012.  Be sure to include your email address so I can send you the booklet.  If you send a check, please make it out to me, Richard Fagerlund. As mentioned, membership is forever, or at least as long as I am on the planet.

Common Sense PM in Schoolsbug book

The purpose of this manual is to help schools to control pests without exposing any students, faculty or staff to toxic pesticides when controlling pests... Learn more & purchase...

Identify & Control of Household Ants bug book

This book will help you control any ants that become pests. It covers most of the common species in the USA and others... Learn more & purchase...

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