All Creatures Great and Small

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Pesticides not necessary

There is no reason to have a pest control company spray pesticides in or around any schools. Pesticides are known to be dangerous to children. Generic spraying of baseboards or around the perimeter of a building to “prevent” pests is a gimmick and has no function at all. If you have a pest control company … Continue reading

Apartment complexes pest control

I posted about a situation in an apartment complex in Las Cruces where a cockroach infestation and pesticide misapplications are making tenants sick. There is a class action lawsuit in progress.  I get a lot of calls from people in apartments that have pests or even in some cases don’t have pests, but they are … Continue reading

Improper identification of pests

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

Non-toxic pest management

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

Illegal mosquito spraying

  UNBELIEVABE.  I have been in the pest industry for over 45 years and I have never seen anything like this.  I mentioned last week about some mosquito spraying in Utah that was not good.  I just got a letter from the person who contacted me and what he said is beyond belief.  I do … Continue reading

This is bad

This is really weird and I am posting it here just in case something like this happens here.  This is in another state.  A couple contacted me and asked me to help them.  Their city is spraying for mosquitoes and they are getting sick.  The sprayer is related to the city mayor.  Even though the … Continue reading

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

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

Bug Books and Bug Club

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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.

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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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