All Creatures Great and Small


SILVERFISH: You can trap them by putting some flour in a glass jar and wrapping it with duct tape so they can climb up the sides. They will get in the jar but will not be able to get out.

COCKROACHES: Pesticides not necessary. You can control cockroaches with beer and duct tape.

HEAD LICE: You can safely control head lice with coconut oil or olive oil shampoos. Salt water will also kill lice, so if you live near an ocean, a swim would help. You can also put a shower cap on the head and use a hair dryer. The heat from the hair dryer will kill the lice.

SQUASH BUGS: It is a good idea to put small, flat boards in the garden where these bugs live. They will hide out under the boards in the daytime, allowing you to find them and dispose of them.

GOPHERS: Pour some castor oil in their burrows and they will leave the area.

BED BUGS: You can trap bed bugs by placing a heating pad on the floor with sticky traps around it or you can use duct tape, sticky side up. Put an Alta-Seltzer tablet on a damp sponge on a small plate on the heating pad. The Ala-Seltzer will attract any bed bugs in the area. You can catch mosquitoes and fleas by placing two Ala-Seltzer tablets in a bowl of soapy water.

ANTS:You can repel ants with a wide variety of products, including cinnamon, baking soda,  cedar oil, medicated baby powder, talcum powder, chalk, coffee grounds, borax, garlic, broken egg shells, bone meal, black or red pepper, peppermint, paprika, chili powder and mint leaves.

WASPS: If you have wasps nests on your house, knock them down before they get too big. Best to do it in the daytime when the wasps are out foraging. Then spray the area with Avon Skin So Soft. That will repel wasps. Then get some small brown paper bags, fill them with crumpled paper and hang them on the eaves around your house where you don’t want wasps. They will see the brown paper bags and think they are wasp nests and not make another nest in the area.

TERMITES: This is important if you are in a hot, dry area but it is relevant anywhere. If you are worried about whether or not you have termites, get some pieces of cardboard, about a foot by two feet square. Dig some shallow holes, about 4 inches deep in different areas around your home and within two feet of the foundation. Bury a piece of cardboard in each hole and soak it with a bottle of ginger ale and then bury it. Dig it up in three or four weeks and if you have termites under your house, they will be in the cardboard. Termites get under homes in dryer areas because of the moisture under the home slab. If they are in the cardboard, you need to get your home treated by a competent company. Be careful as a lot of them take shortcuts when treating slab homes. If you have any termite questions, you can contact me or get my handbooks which have a lot of termite information.




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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