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Non-toxic pest management

We are using way too much pesticides in our society, in our homes, in our schools, in public buildings and even in our forests. I have covered the many problems pesticides cause many times in my columns. We have to have a system where we use safe and effective methods for pest control. Some companies do this, and I recommend them in some instances. Many companies prefer to spray pesticides because it is easier, and you really don’t have to know what you are doing. Just spray and pray – spray pesticides and pray you kill something.

There are virtually no household pests that require pesticides for control. Yellowjackets and wasps may be an exception because they can be potentially dangerous. However, if you have a wasp nest near your house now when it is cold, it will die out. Knock it down and you can hang small brown paper bags stuffed with paper where the nest was.  The wasps will think it is a nest and not go near it. They only go near their own nests.

You can control ants with various baits, and the bait depends on the species of ants. Here are a couple of baits you can use for ants. For odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile), pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum) and little black ants (Monomorium minimum), you can mix two tablespoons each of peanut butter and jelly with one tablespoon of boric acid. Place where the ants are foraging. Terro Bait is also a good commercial bait made from boric acid.

You can use instant grits to control some species of ants in your yard You can prevent ants from coming in your home by placing peppermint essential oil in the proper areas. Pesticides are not necessary for ant control.

There are a number of good baits available for controlling cockroaches. You can put equal amounts of baking soda and sugar out in flat containers and they will take it. Outside you can control roaches with pie pans filled with beer. Not Lite beer as they don’t like it. You can also repel cockroaches out of areas with several herbs including bay leaves, cucumber peelings and cayenne. Catnip will also repel them.

There are good repellents for spiders, centipedes and scorpions that you can use and natural products you can use to kill any in your house. You can control bed bugs yourself as well. You don’t need to pay a small fortune to a pest control company to spray pesticides in your home. You can do it yourself with safe products. Why use pesticides on your child’s head if they get lice? You can use coconut oil or olive oil shampoos just as effectively and much more safely. Or, if you live near an ocean, go swimming. Salt water will kill lice.

There are many other baits and repellents you can use for various pests. We are using way too much pesticides in our society, in our homes, in our schools, in public buildings and even in our forests. I have covered the many problems pesticides cause many times in my columns. We have to have a system where we use safe and effective methods for pest control.

There are very few household pests that require pesticides for control. I will help anyone, by making non-toxic recommendations for pest management and I have handbooks that are available. There is no charge as I know money is tight in many homes and nobody should have to put up with pests because of money issues.  If anyone wants to contribute to my cause (reducing and, hopefully, eliminating pesticides in society) that is certainly welcome, but it isn’t necessary.  If you have any questions, please contact me via email 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…


2 thoughts on “Non-toxic pest management

  1. Aren’t you based in the America???

    Sent from my K.Js IPhone


    Posted by Karen Caruana | November 5, 2018, 2:48 pm

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