All Creatures Great and Small

Bed bug in the mail

Several years ago, I got a bed bug in the mail that was still alive. I posted his picture on FB several times. Because he wasn’t a pest, but just a specimen for identification, I just couldn’t kill him in cold blood. I couldn’t put him outside as he would have starved, so I put him in a plastic container and fed him once a week on the back of my hand. I fed him for about a year and a half and he died of natural causes and I was a little upset. I know most will say, so what, he was a bug. That is true, but I was taking care of him and I knew this would happen as it did. I am glad I didn’t just crush him or spray him with some insidious pesticide when I got him in the mail. I don’t mind controlling insects when they are pests in homes, but I cannot bring myself to kill anything of any species for no reason at all, just because of its identity.


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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