All Creatures Great and Small

Some Pest Tips

Here are some pest tips;

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.

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

Garden Tips:

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. This also works for cutworms as they hide during the day.

Spider mites – If you have mites, try mixing 4 tablespoons of buttermilk with a cup of all-purpose flour and a gallon of water. This mixture will suffocate the mites.

Caterpillars – You can mix 1 cup of flour with ½ cup of salt for caterpillars. Make sure you mist the plants before applying the flour/salt powder

Get a aluminum pie pan and put some slices of cucumber in it. Place it in your garden. The natural material in the cucumber will react with the aluminum and give off a smell that humans can’t detect, but that will drive bugs crazy, and they will leave the area.

These are just a few ways to control some pests without using toxic pesticides and there are many more. You do not need to use toxic pesticides or pay a lot of money to an exterminator to spray pesticides in and around your home. You can treat most pests yourself, safely and effectively. Termites may require an exterminator, but most pests you can control yourself. When you hire a termite company, you have to know they are doing it properly as many companies take shortcuts when treating for termites. I have some information for you.

Some safe products you can use to control some pests include baking soda, beer, borax / boric acid, catnip, diatomaceous earth, garlic oil, rosemary, salt, soap, sugar, vinegar, buttermilk, essential oils, baby food jars, flour, newspapers, brown paper bags, saltwater, a hair dryer, dirty socks and cheese.

Contact me and I will help you control most pests without recommending toxic pesticides. My email address is


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…


One thought on “Some Pest Tips

  1. Suggestions for grasshoppers?

    Posted by Allyson | May 10, 2022, 4:35 pm

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