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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Ants

Ants are probably the most common pest in homes everywhere in the country. There are many species that will invade homes and control measures for one species may not work for another. In NM, for instance, we have approximately 226 species of ants, more than in all of Europe, so ants are a problem in … Continue reading

Can we get sick from pesticides?

  Some communities are using pesticides to control mosquitoes and it is not a good idea. We need to re-think the necessity of spraying for mosquitoes. Is it possible to get bitten by a mosquito and get sick? Sure, it is possible. It is possible to get sick when exposed to house fly feces, cockroaches … Continue reading

Hazards of Pesticides

Why do I focus on the hazards of pesticides? There are several reasons. One; 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 … Continue reading

Spraying in the rain

I saw a pest control company spraying pesticides around a home today. The forecast is for rain  tonight and it is absolutely ridiculous to spray pesticides before the rain. The pesticides will get washed into other areas and kill a lot of non-pest bugs. Birds will eat the dying bugs and they will get sick … Continue reading

International consulting

I have been consulting about non-toxic pest management across the country for many years now. I am going to expand a little, okay, maybe a lot. From now on I will help anyone with a pest problem anywhere in the world to the best of my ability as I have had recent pest questions from … Continue reading

Join the Bug Club. Offer open to anyone in the world.

I am offering my Bug Club membership and services to anyone in the world I have had people ask me how to control most pests without using pesticides. There are lots of options. Below is a short list of how some pests can be controlled without a can of Raid or an exterminator. Cockroaches (beer … Continue reading

Bed bugs, bat bugs or swallow bugs

This is not good, and, unfortunately, not uncommon in the pesticide industry. I got a message the other day from a lady who lives in the mountains. She was getting bitten by something and sent me a photo. They thought it was a bed bug. Actually it may be, but where she lives it could … Continue reading

Pest control Professionalism

Pest control professionalism!   A fellow from Santa Fe called me last year and said his exterminator was going around the house and spraying his baseboard like he normally does.  He said he saw a lot more pesticide coming out of the sprayer and asked the pest guy why he was spraying so much.  The pest … Continue reading

Monsanto lawsuit

Here is some information that caused Monsanto to lose that major lawsuit. Other pesticide makers do the same thing.  When Monsanto was on trial this year, secret documents were exposed that shed a light on how they were able to get away with selling a product that is dangerous to public health and the environment. … Continue reading

Pesticide applications

There are many improper and even illegal pesticide applications going on around the country. We need to be aware of two main issues. First, how to control pests inside and outside without using toxic pesticides as well as weeds without using toxic herbicides. Secondly, many pesticides are improperly applied in homes and around homes and … Continue reading

Never use toxic pesticides

  A federal court overruled the EPA which allowed the use of chlorpyrifos after it was banned during the Obama administration.  This is good.  Another court found Monsanto responsible when someone got lymphoma who used Roundup which contains glyphosate.  This is also good.  The problem with pesticide is that they are not properly tested before … Continue reading

Pest proofing your house

  Here is how to pest proof your house. 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 in it. Along with … Continue reading

Termites, Ticks, Vinegaroons, Wasps, Weeds, Wood-boring beetles & Yellowjackets.

TERMITESYYellowjackets usually live in the ground, often under railroad ties or other items on the ground.  They usually have two entrances to the nest, so if you treat one, they may come out the other and attack you. Try to find out where they are nesting.  Once you find a nest entrance, look all over … Continue reading

Pigeons, powderpost beetles, roly polys, scales insects, scorpions, silverfish, snails and slugs, spiders, spider mites, springtails, squash bugs & sun spiders.

PIGEONS (Aves – Columbidae) There are some diseases that can be transmitted by pigeons, but no more so than any other bird, including such popular pets as parakeets, canaries, etc. When they live on our buildings and deface it, we can remove the birds by excluding them from the area, but we don’t need to … Continue reading

Bed bugs

I got an email today from someone in Santa Fe who has bed bugs.  She called a company and they came out and sprayed her bedroom yesterday.  I asked her to send me a copy of the service ticket as she wasn’t feeling good after the spraying. According to the info she sent I have … Continue reading

Pest questions

I am getting a lot of bug / pesticide questions and that is fine.  Many via email and also on Facebook, Messenger, Twitter and this website.  I answer all questions to the best of my ability when I see them.  Normally I check my email very frequently as my phone always lets me know when … Continue reading

Lice, little house flies, mice, mosquitoes, moth flies, pantry moths

LICE (Pediculidae) The three main types of lice that infest humans are the head louse, the body louse and the crab louse.  Head lice normally infest the heads of children. Children share these bugs when playing with each other.  Body lice will live and breed in clothing and normally infest people who rarely change or … Continue reading

Fleas,, flea beetles, flour beetles, fruit flies, fungus gnats, gophers, grasshoppers & house flies

FLEAS (Siphonaptera) There are many species of fleas throughout North America, but the ones considered pests most often are dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis) and cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis), as these species will infest homes.  Other species carry plague and other diseases, but they will not infest a home in large numbers.  Dog and cat fleas … Continue reading

Cockroaches, crickets, daddy-long-legs, dust mites, earwigs & elm leaf beetles.

COCKROACHES (Blattodea) You can help prevent cockroaches from coming into your home by inspecting all incoming food products, all boxes, and any used furniture or appliances for the presence of cockroaches or their egg capsules.  Do not store paper bags anywhere in the kitchen.  Seal any holes or crevices around plumbing under sinks and behind … Continue reading

Blow flies, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, carpet beetles, centipedes, clothes moths, clover mites & cluster flies

BLOW FLIES (Calliphoridae) Blow flies are larger than house flies and are normally shiny green, blue, bronze or black in color.  Blow flies feed on decaying animal matter and if you have them in your house it is an indication of a dead animal in the wall or ceiling.  Occasionally the only sign of these … Continue reading

Bug Books and Bug Club

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Earth Friendly Guide to Pest Management Home and Garden

 

Lifetime Membership Bug Club $25

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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