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We are destroying the planet

Insects are declining at an alarming rate.  More than 40% of insect species are declining and about a third are endangered. I know a lot of people will say, so what, they are just bugs.  Insects are far more important than we realize and if they all disappeared, humans wouldn’t last much longer.  The rate … Continue reading


This is very important if you have mice or other rodents and you need to control them. First, never use rodenticides and that means never hire an exterminator that uses rodenticides. The reason they use rodenticide is that they can check the bait boxes once a month. If they set out snap traps, like they … Continue reading

Warm winter

It is a buggy day. Got four bug questions this afternoon. Clothes moths, weevils, carpenter bees and bed bugs. Usually bug question slow down in the Fall, but it isn’t this year. I suspect it will be a warmer winter than normal and bugs will be active. Make sure you don’t use toxic pesticides if … Continue reading

Roaches in a uranium mine

About 35 years ago, I was working for Orkin in Albuquerque. We got a call about a cockroach infestation in a uranium mine in Grants. I had never heard of cockroaches infesting a uranium mine so I volunteered to check it out. When I got there, they dressed me in some funny clothes and took … Continue reading

NM Pesticide regulations

This is important if you use an exterminator in New Mexico. All pesticide applicators have to be licensed and there are several categories of a license they are required to have depending on what they do. If they treat a home for termites, they have to have a Wood Destroying Pest Control category (7D). If … Continue reading

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