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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Gophers

Here is some information on gophers.  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 … Continue reading

Some pests are beneficial

How bad are “pests”? Cockroaches can cause problems in homes or businesses, but outside they are very beneficial. Their feeding habits in nature increases the amount of nitrogen in the soil. They are professional recyclers as they eat almost anything, including dead plants and animals, and animal waste. They are a source of food for … Continue reading

Pesticides

There are issues you should be aware of about pesticide applications. When mosquito spraying is completed, many other insects along with mosquitoes are killed, and this includes beneficial insects such as bees. Other animals including birds in nests are also killed. The pesticide company doing the spraying will say, so what, nobody will notice any … Continue reading

Yellowjackets

If you have yellowjackets, this is what I recommend. Yellowjackets are often considered serious pests that have to be eliminated from your property. If you have children playing outside or if you are allergic to stings, then they should be removed and if so, you should call a professional as they can be dangerous. When … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Fire ants, fungus gnats and spiders

PEST MANAGEMENT TIPS Fire Ants The imported fire ants can be very dangerous. They have several different size workers (polymorphic) and reddish-brown to black in color. They have severe stings that can cause blisters and allergic responses to the venom as well as anaphylactic shock. Over 30,000 people a year in this country seek medical … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Never use Pesticides

You should never use toxic pesticides in your home, business, school or anywhere. Pesticides are hazardous to people when they are misused and even in cases where they are properly used. The most common pesticide group used are synthetic pyrethroids and studies have found that they can cause children to develop leukemia and lymphoma and … Continue reading

Bug Club

If you join my environmentally friendly bug club, I will help you and anyone in your family for as long as I live. I have handbooks I can send you via email and I will identify any unknown pests you may have to the best of my ability. I will basically answer any pest or … Continue reading

Worldwide pest management consultations

Centipedes, cockroaches, booklice, earwigs, and silverfish can be repelled, by placing several drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil in areas that collect moisture, such as damp basements, garages, and cabinets where there are plumbing fixtures. If you have black widows or other spiders in areas you don’t want them, you can spray the area … Continue reading

A pest infestation

I told this story before, and it is interesting. Someone asked me if I ever saw a home that was really infested with bugs. Yes, I did. I have seen several that were badly infested, but one in Florida was unforgettable. In 1973 I worked for a pest control company in Hollywood, Florida. We received … Continue reading

Follicle mites

Let’s talk about follicle mites.  What are they?  They are very small mites that live on most humans.  They live in the hair follicles and that includes the hair follicles of your eyelashes.  They are normally found on and around your face but can live in hair follicles on other parts of your body.  In … Continue reading

Safe pest control

There are many products that you may have in your home or easy to buy to control pests.  There is no reason to spend money to have pesticides sprayed in your home or business.  Most pesticides that are used are synthetic pyrethroids and they are not safe and there is no reason to expose yourself, … Continue reading

Are spiders dangerous?

Here is some information on spiders. They can be very dangerous. In one case, a woman jumped out of her car while she was driving because she saw a spider on her shoulder. The car was wrecked. In another case, a woman saw a spider on her rear-view mirror and panicked and ran off the … Continue reading

Pest Consultations

Inflation is a problem with this pandemic and for other reasons.  Food is costing more as is gas and many other essentials we need.  Pesticides can be dangerous and have no use in most homes as most pests can be controlled by you and you don’t need toxic pesticides.  I know prices are going up … Continue reading

Ants

Spring will be here soon and so will some ants that want to visit you.  Ants are very beneficial but sometimes you have to deal with them.  Here is some information about ants.  You don’t hae to spend a lot of money having your home sprayed with pesticides as that is the least effective way … Continue reading

Safe Pest Control Products

You certainly don’t need to use any pesticides in your home during this pandemic or at any other time You can control most pests yourself safely and effectively. Here is a list of some products you find around the house or that you can easily purchase that will help you manage your pest problems.  There … Continue reading

Worldwide pest consultations

I want to offer my non-toxic pest control consulting services to anyone in the world who has pest issues and they do not want to use toxic pesticides.  I will help you via email or phone deal with any pests you have.  I will help you for the rest of my life.  I will also … Continue reading

Pest Control Information

We are using way too much pesticides in our society, in our homes, in our schools, in public buildings and even in our forests. I have covered the many problems pesticides cause many times in my columns. We have to have a system where we use safe and effective methods for pest control. Some companies … Continue reading

Insect Information

There are about one million species of insects known to occur in the world, but there are many more that haven’t been described.  Out of that number, only about a thousand species of insects are known pests.  What are the benefits of insects?  There are many and here is some information. They Create a Biological … Continue reading

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