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 application lawsuit

 This is important if you use a pest control company.  Several weeks ago, I got a call from a fellow who signed a contract with a large, national company.  When the technician came to the door to treat, he wasn’t carrying a one gallon hand sprayer that most companies use.  This company stopped using them.  … Continue reading

Cockroaches / Pesticides

What are more dangerous, the pests or the pesticides? Let’s look at a common pest. Cockroaches are actually very beneficial as most of them live in forests where they make homes in rotting logs, leaf litter and similar areas. They are scavengers and decomposers as they get rid of decaying matter and replace it with … Continue reading

Legal pesticide issues

I am working with an attorney on a pest control / pesticide issue lawsuit.  I have worked with several attorney’s in the past and may be working with another one about a massive misapplication of pesticides.   I am pretty well known in NM and get a lot of calls about pest control issues and some … Continue reading

Bug Club

Fall is here and bugs will be coming in when it gets cold outside.  Also, termites are active now..  If you join my Bug Club, I will do everything I can to help you control pests without using toxic pesticides.  Why spray your home with pesticides for cockroaches, when you can control them with beer … Continue reading

Weed control

This is how we should be controlling weeds in public areas in my opinion. A “weed” is commonly defined as a plant growing in a place where it is not wanted. On school grounds, there is usually consensus on the weedy nature of certain plant species such as thistles, crabgrass, and puncturevine that spring up … Continue reading

Pesticide industry

This is important.  The pesticide industry is very poorly regulated in New Mexico.  Pesticide applicators have to have different categories on their license depending on what they are doing.  There are over 18 different categories.  The most common one is Structural Pests (7A).  Vertebrate Pests (7B) is common as is Wood Destroying Pests (7D).  Public … Continue reading

Pest Tip

Here is a PEST TIP. It covers the most dangerous pest in the country, the spray jockey pest control person. If an exterminator comes to your home and wants to spray your baseboards or anyplace without first determining if you have any pests, do not let them. A qualified pest technician will inspect your home … Continue reading

Legal pesticide issues

This is something that gets very little attention when it comes to applying pesticides and herbicides and you should know about it. 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 Statutes Chapter 17 – Game and Fish and Outdoor Recreation … Continue reading

Pest Tip

Here is a PEST TIP. It covers the most dangerous pest in the country, the spray jockey pest control person. If an exterminator comes to your home and wants to spray your baseboards or anyplace without first determining if you have any pests, do not let them. A qualified pest technician will inspect your home … Continue reading


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

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 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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