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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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

Roaches in a uranium mine

About 35 years ago, I was working for Orkin in Albuquerque. We got a call about a cockroach infestation in a uranium mine in Grants. I had never heard of cockroaches infesting a uranium mine so I volunteered to check it out. When I got there, they dressed me in some funny clothes and took … Continue reading

NM Pesticide regulations

This is important if you use an exterminator in New Mexico. All pesticide applicators have to be licensed and there are several categories of a license they are required to have depending on what they do. If they treat a home for termites, they have to have a Wood Destroying Pest Control category (7D). If … Continue reading

Mice

Fall is here and mice may be coming to visit. The deer mouse is one of the most common rodent species found throughout most of the United States . They are 4” – 9” long, are reddish-brown in color with a white chest, white feet, and a bi-colored tail: brown on top and white on … Continue reading

Pest control with home products

I recently posted that you can control most pests with stuff you have at home rather than pesticides. I will elaborate a little more on each one, so you can try them out.  For cockroaches, put out some pie pans full of beer around your house where cockroaches hang out. They will go in the … Continue reading

Winter pests

I think it is going to be a warmer than usual this winter in the whole world. I am no meteorologist so I may be wrong, but if it is warmer, more bugs will be active, and more pesticides will be used. Usually I keep track of all the pest questions I get in the … Continue reading

Pesticide pollution

There are a lot of things going wrong in the world. Global warming, plastics and many others. One issue that we need to deal with is the misuse of pesticides. Pesticides are weapons of mass destruction and should almost never be used. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act prohibits pesticide manufacturers from stating that … Continue reading

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