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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Free consultations

  I have helped thousands of people do their own pest management over many years and I have never had a single person say the methods I recommended didn’t work and they were going back to a pest control company. There are incidents when you have to hire a pest company. Certainly, if you have … Continue reading

How dangerous are pesticides?

How dangerous are pesticides? Based on information from hospital surveys, an estimated 20,000o people receive emergency care annually for actual or suspected pesticide poisoning, and approximately 10% are admitted to the hospital. Each year 20 -40 die of acute pesticide poisoning in the United States. We still allow pesticides to be sprayed in our homes, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Offer to help international associations

It has been an interesting week and I think positive. I wrote several snailmail letters to organizations nationally and in NM about non-toxic pest management and I offered to help them with any pest issues they have. Here is who I wrote. On Monday I sent a letter to the NM Realtors Association offering to … Continue reading

International Pesticide Issues

I want to ask the visitors at this website from other countries a question. How are pests managed where you live and does your government recommend safe pesticides or do they use toxic pesticides? Most countries have household pests and I’m concerned how they are controlled. Hopefully you have non-toxic method of dealing with pests. … Continue reading

Roaches will be out soon

Cockroaches are getting ready for Spring. These insects created the pesticide industry and have created more jobs than congress. Next time you see a cockroach, remember that it is more productive than politicians. If you need to control them, you don’t need toxic pesticides or someone spraying your house on a regular basis. Most cockroaches … Continue reading

Pesticide Precautionary Principle

PESTICIDE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE Pesticide Precautionary Principle The Pesticide Precautionary Principle (PPP) simply means that any pesticides used for any purpose have to be proven safe for people and the environment. There are three sections of the PPP that are important. First, before any insecticides or herbicides are used, the target pest needs to be positively … Continue reading

I will help anyone, anywhere in the world with pest issues

I have adjusted my 2020 plan a little from what I previously said. I did say I was going to help anyone anywhere in the world with pest problems for free and I have handbooks also available for free. Several people said it was good that I help people, but I should charge something. I … Continue reading

NM Pesticide issues

This is the response I am sending to the NMDA and many of our state legislators. I also copied the governor, some environmentalists and others. It is very long but I covered several issues. If the NMDA does not want to consider cockroaches as vectors of diseases, that is okay. However, there are incidents of … Continue reading

My plan for 2020

This is my plan for 2020 regarding non-toxic pest management.  I will continue to help anyone that has pest problems and send handbooks to anyone that wants them, and, of course, my consultations and handbooks are free.  I will make it known that anyone that wants to can contribute any amount they want if they … Continue reading

New Year Resolution

It is time for our New Year Resolutions. My main one is, I am going to help anyone I can, and that includes any schools, any government agencies and any commercial establishments, stay as safe as possible from pesticide exposure. We have to keep ourselves and our children safe from exposure to pesticides. Here are … Continue reading

Holiday season

The holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas are here. We celebrate these seasons as the beginning of love, of kindness, of respect and of honor in our hearts. We should love all the animals we exist with and not kill them out of hate or fear or to hang their body parts on our walls … Continue reading

My experience in the pesticide industry

Let me tell you my experience with pesticides and why I am totally against them now. I started in the pest industry in Florida in1972. We used to drive cars and not trucks and keep all the chemicals on the front seat next to us. They were toxic products such as DDT, chlordane, heptachlor, malathion … Continue reading

Spiders

SPIDERS, The good, the bad and the not so evil. One day, a few years ago, I was pulling into my driveway when my cell phone rang. It was my daughter Sara. I walked into the house and found her standing on the couch, trying to call me and screaming at the same time. She … Continue reading

Consultations

I promote non-toxic pest management as pesticides are weapons of mass destruction and are not necessary in controlling most pests. If you have any pest issues, you can contact me at askthebugman2013@gmail.com and I will help you. All of my consultations are free as money isn’t the issue, protecting people, pets and the environment is.  … Continue reading

Pest Misidentification

This happened when I was in Albuquerque and it demonstrates why you have to be very careful when you hire a pest control company. A lady had some small white grub-like insects all over her floor. She called several exterminators including the one that regularly services her home and none of them had any idea … Continue reading

Pesticides and the Environment Dept.

This is a letter I wrote to the Sec. of the Environment Dept. in New Mexico about how pesticides are damaging wildlife.  If you have these issues where you live, I suggest you contact your Environmental Supervisors. Dear Sec. Kenney This is important and I hope the Environment Dept. can look into this. Horned lizards … Continue reading

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

Rodenticides

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

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