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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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

My Consultations

There is a lot of pesticide issues going on. The many lawsuits against Monsanto about the hazards of Roundup, illegal aerial spraying of herbicides over homes, improper treatment of pests in homes by some pest control companies and many others. I am involved in some of these and want to make myself available in any … Continue reading

Positive pest identification

The most important part of pest management is properly identifying the pest. In some cases an unknown bug in the house might be beneficial, so it is necessary to know what it is. How can any bug be beneficial in a house? A couple of years ago an exterminator identified some small black things in … Continue reading


Someone just asked me a question about venomous snakes. In this case a copperhead. Let me tell you a true story about a copperhead bite. I use to keep venomous snakes in cages in my house (40 years ago). One night I was giving a dead mouse to a copperhead. I was holding the mouse … Continue reading


Fleas 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 prefer … Continue reading


I am getting a lot of calls about cockroaches. That is because of very hot weather. Cockroaches and other insects are often attracted to homes because they are cooler. What should you do? First, never use pesticides. Spraying pesticides may kill a couple of roaches, but it will also kill a lot of beneficial insects. … Continue reading


You are walking your dog in the foothills of a mountain.  Your pet sniffs the air and detects a mouth-watering scent and wanders off in search of the prize.  The aroma didn’t come from any benevolent source; it was bait used in a Conibear trap that was set out to catch a raccoon.  Your companion … Continue reading


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 pointed to a large wolf spider on the floor that … Continue reading


ROUNDUP Recently someone told me she was walking her dog near an elementary school and saw a fellow power spraying Roundup all along the side of the building. He was power spraying a rocky area where there were no weeds. He obviously didn’t know what he was doing as Roundup is supposed to be sprayed … Continue reading

Home buyers, realtors

  HOME BUYER – REALTOR This is important if you are buying a house and also, if you are a realtor.  There was a recent situation where a buyer bought a house and didn’t request a termite inspection and his realtor did not either.  After closing and moving in, he was remodeling and found a … Continue reading


DEET. What is DEET. Someone asked me why I never recommend it when all government agencies always recommend it. DEET is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). In 1998, the EPA made it illegal for any product containing DEET to make any child safety claims. Products with DEET are required to carry instructions that … Continue reading

War of 1812

During the war of 1812, a British war ship sailed up the Patuxent River in Maryland. The officers went ashore to explore the countryside. When they noticed a hornet’s nest, they asked a young boy what it was because they weren’t familiar with it. The boy told them it was a rare hummingbird nest and … Continue reading

How dangerous are spiders?

How dangerous are spiders? In one story, 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 road. She wasn’t hurt but her car … Continue reading

Scary Pest Control

  Scary Pest Control The problem with the pesticide industry is that a large number of pest control operators (PCOs) are poorly trained and not well regulated.  Many of them are not familiar with the label or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the chemical they are applying. If a PCO  tells you the pesticide … Continue reading

What is a pest?

WHAT IS A PEST What is a pest?  A pest is an organism so designated by the pesticide industry to promote the use of their chemicals.  In reality, most so-called “pests” are nothing more than nuisances we occasionally encounter in our homes or business.  Bed bugs don’t carry any diseases and are not dangerous, but … Continue reading

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

A spokesman for the National Pest Control Association, contended in 1988 that many people who claim they are “chemically sensitive” are actually allergic to the pests that the chemical (poison) is supposed to control. Others, he says, have “delusory parasitosis, a distinct fear of insects. It’s a neurotic disorder of people that can never be … Continue reading

A Mother’s Story

Pesticides should never be applied to humans or animals as they can have serious consequences.  The story below is long but it is worth reading as it is very important. It clearly illustrates why you should never use pesticidal louse shampoo. When treating my child for head lice, I never thought about the harm I … Continue reading

How to pick a pest control company

How to Pick a Pest Company I have said many times that most people can control their own pests without using pesticides or a pest control company.  Most of this information is available in this book. Of course there are many people who prefer to hire someone for this and that is fine. Just be … Continue reading

Entomology issues

Entomology I remember a discussion on an entomology discussion board about whether or not insects feel pain. I think we have to assume insects or any arthropods feel pain unless and until we can prove they don’t. Just assuming they don’t feel pain to justify inflicting pain on them is totally morally wrong and puts … Continue reading

Apartment complex pest issues

This is very important, and it is newsworthy.  It is happening in Las Cruces, NM, but is important enough to be viewed worldwide as this can happen anywhere in the world. There is a major class action lawsuit against an apartment complex in progress in Las Cruces. Many people that lived in Desert Palms Apartments … Continue reading

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