All Creatures Great and Small

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Consultations

I am starting up a business.  A consulting business, where I will help any company, any agency, any city or county, any religious affiliation, any school system at any level, any HOA or any group of people anywhere in the country with their pest problems. This includes any small family owned business or large chain … Continue reading

Zika virus

The Zika virus is in the news and is a major problem according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most recently it has caused a lot of problems in Brazil, where people are not only getting the virus, but there are cases of microcephaly as well and the relationship between the two diseases is not … Continue reading

Bed Bug Bites

It seems a lot of people are getting bitten by bed bugs. Fortunately these insects are not dangerous as they don’t carry any diseases. Some people are allergic to the saliva and will break out in a rash or have localized itching. Ocassionally a flat welt or raised bump will appear which are actually skin … Continue reading

Pest Control Industry Nonsense

We need to change how we control pests in the pest control industry. While everything that is done is usually legal, it is hazardous to human health and environmentally disruptive. Most of what the professionals do is for show, to make it look like they are doing something and so the customer thinks they are … Continue reading

Ticks

Ticks are not insects. They are arachnids belonging to the group – mites. They are bigger than all other mites and they are very important. There are hundreds of species of ticks in the world and they are capable of spreading more than 65 diseases, many of them serious. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, … Continue reading

Spiders

Although most spiders possess venom glands, most are too small to break the skin with their fangs and have no desire to do so. All spiders will bite in self defense if they are handled carelessly, such as being squeezed. Most bites occur when people roll over in bed on one and get bitten or … Continue reading

Scorpions and Centipedes

Scorpions and centipedes are two groups of arthropods that nobody wants in their homes. Both of these animals have the capability of stinging (scorpions) you or biting (centipedes) you with painful results. Only one species of scorpion in this country is dangerously venomous. It is the bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) found mostly in Arizona but … Continue reading

Termites

There are close to 2500 species of termites described worldwide. If you weighed all of the termites, they would weigh twice as much as all of the humans on the planet. There are over 50 species in the United States, but only a few species of subterranean termites and drywood termites are serious pests. Drywood … Continue reading

Beetles

There are three groups of beetles that can cause problems in a home. Carpet beetles will damage carpets, clothing, animal fur, feathers and similar products. Stored product beetles will infest many dried foods and wood boring beetles can damage the structure of a home or wooden objects in it. Carpet Beetles (Dermestidae) Carpet beetle larvae … Continue reading

Pesticide Notification

I have written about pesticide notification in the past and I think it is about time it gets some notice from state government. Pesticide notification is required in many other parts of the country and should be here as well. The New Mexico Dept. of Agriculture has the ability to require notification when pesticides are … Continue reading

Moths

There are several types of moths that can become household pests. Clothes moths can damage clothing and pantry moths can infest some stored foods. Other moths that come in the house are occasional invaders and won’t do any damage. Clothes moths (Tineidae) There are two distinct types of clothes moths commonly found in homes. They … Continue reading

Flies

Flies are the fourth largest order of insects and there are over 100,000 species. Most of them are beneficial to some degree as they serve as a food source to many animals and even a few plants. Many breed in organic material such as animal manure and help recycle its nutrients to the soil. Others … 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 parts … Continue reading

Lice

Head and body lice (Pediculidae – (Pediculus humanus) 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 … Continue reading

Cockroaches

First, I have to state that there is some disagreement among entomologists as to the proper name for the order of cockroaches. Sometimes they use Blatarria or Blattoptera. Some even use Dictyoptera. You can help prevent cockroaches from coming into your home by inspecting all incoming food products, all boxes, and any used furniture or … Continue reading

Ants

There are more than 20,000 species of ants around the world and about 570 species in the United States. Of those, about 30 species are common household pests. When discussing ants, we will use three terms that reflect the size of the ants in a colony. If ants are “monomorphic”, it means all the workers … Continue reading

Merry Christmas

It is December and Christmas is around the corner. I want to wish all you a very Merry Christmas. I want to share with you how I view the Christmas season. I look at Christmas as a new beginning, not just the celebration of Christ’s birthday and a trip to the mall. There is nothing … Continue reading

The Plague

New Mexico has one of the highest number of mammals in the country,with 150 known species. Eighty two species of mammals are known to be hosts of fleas. We have 107 species of fleas in New Mexico. We have plenty of mammals and plenty of fleas. Several dogs in New Mexico have been diagnosed with … Continue reading

Bed Bugs

Although bed bugs are a major problem in some urban areas and hotels, the good news is that they don’t carry any diseases. Some people don’t even know they are getting bitten. When my wife gets bitten she breaks out in a pretty impressive rash. When I get bitten, there are no marks at all … Continue reading

Safe and Effective 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

Bug Books and Bug Club

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 Bugman’s Guide to Non-Toxic Pest Management for your Home & Garden.  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.  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.  As mentioned, membership is forever, or at least as long as I am on the planet.  Some of you are already members.  Share this info with your friends if you like.  

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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