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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DEET

It is officially monsoon season in some areas and we are getting rain today, which the ecosystem really needs. The rain won’t attract more bugs to your house as they will be happy outside with the water they need. What will happen is a lot of bugs that breed in water will be showing up … Continue reading

Pest Management Consulting

The weather in the US is bringing out a lot of bugs and that is probably happening in a lot of places around the world.  I will help anyone that has any pest problems online and there is no charge. I will never recommend using toxic pesticides and very rarely recommend a pest control company. … Continue reading

Termites

It is very hot in the southwest and very dry.  All animals need moisture and that includes termites.  Subterranean termites will be moving in under slab homes because the soil is damper under slabs.  You can do one of two things.  You can have your home inspected by a qualified inspector, or you can monitor … Continue reading

Little known laws

This post below refers to laws in NM, but other states may have similar laws. This is something that gets very little attention when it comes to applying pesticides and herbicides.  We have laws in New Mexico that protect horned lizards and some songbirds. It is  NM Statute § 17-2-15 and 17-2-13 2017 New Mexico … Continue reading

Pest Proofing your Home

The most important part of pest management in your home is pest exclusion. The purpose of pest-proofing your home is to help keep cockroaches, ants, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, rodents and other pests out.  It will also allow you to not have to hire a pest control company to spray pesticides all around your home or … Continue reading

Pesticide Misapplications

I was driving a little while ago and I saw a pest control company power spraying pesticides around a house. I stopped and pretended I was interested in the service. I asked him what he was using and he said it was organic, made from chrysanthemums. Of course, that is nonsense as he was using … Continue reading

Flies

Flies are going to be very common this year because of the weather. Here is some info on some of the more common fly pests and how to deal with them. Flies are the fourth largest order of insects and there are over 100,000 species. Most of them are beneficial to some degree as they … Continue reading

Beneficial Organisms

There are numerous beneficial organisms in every yard and this is one reason, plus your safety, your family’s safety and the safety of any pets you have for not using synthetic pesticides. Many insects and other arthropods can be beneficial in different ways. Some are pollinators and we certainly need them. Others feed on decaying … Continue reading

Not all Ants are the same

Not all ants are the same. Recently I went to a house where a family had an infestation of ants. Two companies gave them prices on the phone without knowing what they are and when they saw them, they couldn’t identify them. They suggested spraying and baits. They called me and I went out there … Continue reading

Gophers

Pocket gophers construct burrows under the ground using their strong forelegs, enlarged claws and even their teeth. Their vision is poor because of their habitat as is their hearing. When the gopher digs, it kicks the dirt behind it with its hind feet. When a lot of loose dirt has accumulated, it turns around and … Continue reading

Essential Oils

I want to talk about essential oils today as they can very effectively repel and control most household pests. This is much safer than using standard, synthetic pesticides. You do have to be careful with essential oils as some people have a reaction to them if it is applied to their skin as a repellent. … Continue reading

Pest Control Tips

Here are some more pest tips. German roaches German roaches are small, light colored roaches that infest kitchens and are very prolific. You can bring them home from a grocery store, so check bags food is put in at the store. If you have these roaches, get some German Roach Pheromone Traps and put them … Continue reading

Pesticide Precautionary Principle (PPP)

  I have referred to the Pesticide Precautionary Principle (PPP) several times.  Here is some information on how it is used. The Pesticide Precautionary Principle 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, … Continue reading

Pest Control Mythology

The pest control industry isn’t as it really seems or how it wants you to believe it is.   In many cases, companies just spray baseboards around the inside of a house on a monthly schedule and call that pest control.  That is a gimmick and is not pest control, it is pesticide pollution.  When I … Continue reading

Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs are in the news and I want to give you some info on them. They are mostly in the news because of the potential to spread Chagas disease. We do need to be aware of kissing bugs, AKA conenose bugs, assassin bugs and Mexican bedbugs. A bite from one of these bugs can result … Continue reading

Pigeons

Someone asked me if pigeons are hazardous to our health. I told her that alcohol and tobacco cause more death and grief in a single day than all the pigeons on the planet have since the beginning of time. When I look at the pigeon-infested roof of a fast-food restaurant, I can still tell myself … Continue reading

Commercial Pest Management Offer & Resume

I am going to offer my services to various organizations around the country because of a lot of unnecessary spraying of toxic pesticides in public buildings. If you know of any government agency or commercial companies that might welcome this, please let me know and I will send them the letter below.  My email address … Continue reading

Misidentification

Here is a case of pest misidentification that happened a few years ago. A salesman for a very large national pest control company told a prospective customer that she had nematodes in her swimming pool and she needed to have her whole yard sprayed with a nematicide. Fortunately, she didn’t sign a contract and wanted … Continue reading

Pest Questions and columns

I got an email last night that made my day. I have to post it here. It said Dear Mr. Fagerlund I have been a homeowner for many years and have lived in South Carolina, Texas, California and currently New Mexico. Over the years I have called a number of exterminators for various pest issues. In … Continue reading

Herbicide Applicator

This happened last year and is interesting and important. When I went to the store I saw fellow spraying weeds.  I stopped and asked the fellow what he was doing. This is our conversation” Me: What are you spraying? Him; I am spraying weeds. Me.: What are you using? Him: Roundup. Very good product and … Continue reading

Bug Books and Bug Club

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You are welcome to join my Bug Club. If you join, I will help you with any pest problems you have forever.  I will send you a copy, via email, of my handbook, “Earth Friendly Pest Management for your Home and Garden and for Commercial Establishments”  If you have any pest or pesticide issues, I will help you to the best of my ability.  This includes any pest problems at home, at work or anywhere and this offer is open to anyone in the world.  Also I will help anyone in your immediate family. If your parents, children, brothers or sisters have pest problems, I will help them also, wherever they live.  All you would need to do is give them my contact info. If you want to join, the cost is $25 for a lifetime membership.  You can pay through my PayPal account at  paypal.me/askthebugman or you can send a check to me at 7595 Faith Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88012.  Be sure to include your email address so I can send you the booklet.  If you send a check, please make it out to me, Richard Fagerlund. As mentioned, membership is forever, or at least as long as I am on the planet.

Common Sense PM in Schoolsbug book

The purpose of this manual is to help schools to control pests without exposing any students, faculty or staff to toxic pesticides when controlling pests... Learn more & purchase...

Identify & Control of Household Ants bug book

This book will help you control any ants that become pests. It covers most of the common species in the USA and others... Learn more & purchase...

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