All Creatures Great and Small

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 well over 45 years and I have used every pesticide in that time. I have sprayed kitchen cabinets with chlordane and dusted attics with DDT and used many other highly toxic pesticides. I remember walking into a butcher shop in Miami about 45 years ago and dusting the whole store with DDT while it was open and customers were there. They had mice, and the pesticide industry convinced everyone that DDT was the best way to control mice. I left the place coughing and hacking, but the owner paid me $15 to do that. Over the years I saw what was developing into a massive environmental and health issue. I saw many exterminators in the past develop cancer and other health issues. I heard of people getting sick and pets dying. And I realized the generic spraying of pesticides is far more dangerous than most pests.

What has happened over the years is that many pest control companies just like to spray pesticide in homes and around homes generically, without targeting any particular pest. They claim it kills some pests. It also kills a lot of other insects and animals that are not pests. For instance, when they power spray pesticides around a home, it will kill a few roaches, possibly repel a few ants, but it will also kill praying mantids, ladybugs and other beneficial animals. Birds can eat insects that have been sprayed with pesticides and they will die. The same goes for when they spray the “Baseboards” in your home, school or business. The chances of a roach getting killed is minor but the chances of a pet or a child getting sick is higher. The problem is that most pest control companies use this “Spray and Pray” method where they spray pesticides and pray they kill something. Some companies even try to convince you the stuff they use is “organic’ because it is made from chrysanthemums. In reality, those pesticides are synthetic pyrethroids and can cause pregnant women to have autistic children and can cause children to develop leukemia and lymphoma. There is nothing organic about it.

It is not a good industry the way pesticides are being used. Pesticides can be used in some circumstances, but they have to be used responsibly, in a crack and crevice injection fashion.

I am not saying you can’t control pests in your home.  I try to recommend products that will only control certain pests and not generically kill every insect or spider it comes in contact with. If you have termites eating your home, you have to deal with them and a pesticide is necessary in most cases but they have to be applied properly. Roaches, ants and other pests that get into homes and businesses can be controlled using non-toxic products.

I am available to help anyone control their pests. You can email me at



About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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