All Creatures Great and Small

Beer for roaches

I remember a call I got a few years ago. A lady had ants on her brick patio and wanted them gone. She called one pest control company and they offered to power spray the patio with a pesticide. That would have got rid of the ants, but that isn’t the safest method. She called me and asked me for advice. I went out there, told her they were Dorymyrmex insanus (pyramid ants) and they weren’t a true pest. In fact, they actually aerate the soil. I told her how to move them. I recommended pouring a little vinegar down each hole and covering it up. The ants would survive, but would be very unhappy and move, hopefully into the garden where they can do good work. She also had some roaches she collected in a bucket. I told her that filling some pie pans with beer would make the roaches very happy although they would drown. She loved that idea and was going out to buy some Pabst Blue Ribbon for the roaches and herself. I took the roaches in the bucket, put them in a ziploc bag, took them home and released them in my yard. I couldn’t kill them for no reason, and I don’t care if they live in my yard. The lady is very happy she didn’t have to spray her patio and that she could deal with the ants and roaches safely and effectively. Pesticides are weapons of mass destruction and have no real purpose besides polluting the ecosystem. If you have any pest issues you want to deal with without using pesticides, you can contact me 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…


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