All Creatures Great and Small

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Non-toxic spray

You can mix one clove of sliced garlic, one sliced onion, one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and 1 quart of water. Steep for one hour, strain, add a tablespoon of liquid soap and spray it around the house for ant and/or roach control. Much better than toxic pesticides. You can pour boiling water over a … Continue reading

Scabies

   A friend of mine has scabies. These are tiny mites that burrow in the skin and can red raised spots in the folds of skin. They are mostly found in the webs of skin between fingers, under the armpits and in the groin area. They can be found on the backs of legs, shoulders, … Continue reading

City and County governments

  I want to offer my help to anyone who is working with their local city or county governments to establish safe and effective pest and weed control.   I am working with several agencies now in CA, UT and in NM and will help anyone in the country solve local pest problems.  I was IPM … Continue reading

I will help you with pest problems

I have 45 years of experience in the pesticide industry. I was IPM Technician for the University of New Mexico and IPM Manager for the City of Santa Fe, NM. I took care of over 80 buildings in Santa Fe and all of the buildings on UNM campus and never used toxic pesticides and everyone … Continue reading

Pesticides are dangerous

How many people are killed by weeds?  How many people get sick from weeds?  The answer to both is zero.  Because weeds are unsightly, we find it necessary to spray them with Roundup, so we don’t have to look at them. There are currently about 8,000 lawsuits against Monsanto (now Bayer) from people who got … Continue reading

Earth Friendly Pest Management

Richard Fagerlund Earth Friendly Pest Management Consultant 7595 Faith Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88012 askthebugman@gmail.com 505-385-2820   I will help anyone in the world with their pest problems.  I will give you information on how to control pests without using any toxic pesticides.  There is no reason to endanger your family, your pets, your employees … Continue reading

I will help you with pest issues

It is going to be a warm and buggy year and I want to help anyone learn how to control their pests without using toxic pesticides or having a pest control company spray on a regular basis, which isn’t necessary.  There is no reason anyone should expose themselves or their family or pets to toxic … Continue reading

Met an alligator

Have you ever met an alligator? On one occasion, when I worked in Florida, I had to go into a crawl space to do a termite inspection. The house was near a canal. After I made several turns in the crawl space, my flashlight died and I couldn’t see the opening or daylight anywhere. I … Continue reading

Animal shelters and zoos

I haven’t mentioned this, but pests that show up in animal shelters, pet shops, zoos and similar places can be problematic for the animals if they aren’t managed properly. I remember when a pest control person sprayed a pet shop. The owner took the mammals out of the store, but when the exterminator sprayed the … Continue reading

Pesticides can be more dangerous than pests

We have a lot of misconceptions in our society and I want to bring some to light. Black widows are venomous, and their bites can be fatal, but they are not at all aggressive. They will bite if mishandled, squeezed or if you threaten their egg sacs. They bite in self-defense and to defend their … Continue reading

Christmas gift

Are you looking for a good gift for a friend or a family member for Christmas?  Give them membership in my Bug Club.  They will never have to use toxic pesticides to control household pests or hire an exterminator for a general service. They will be able to deal with almost any pests they have … Continue reading

Songbirds

I posted this a couple of months ago but thought I would post it again.  If you are thinking about hiring a pest control company to spray pesticides around your home or business, they could end up violating a New Mexico law that protects horned lizards (horny toads) and songbirds.  This is also relevant when … Continue reading

Ecosystem

Why do we need to eliminate pesticides from our society? Think about the small lives it affects. As much as we search the stars for their cosmic relationship to us, we should search the microcosmic relationships we have with the “very small” that live inside the planet and that breathes life into our existence. These … Continue reading

Relocating termites without killing them.

I got an email from a Buddhist friend of mine in Arizona.  She said she has termites outside her house and wanted to know how to remove them without killing them.  She called me a few years ago when she was in Albuquerque about black widows.  I went out and just caught the spiders and … Continue reading

Newspaper column

I would like to offer my column to any newspaper, anywhere..  I write about non-toxic pest management as we need to reduce the use of toxic pesticides in society.  There is no charge for my columns. I currently write columns for some papers in NM and have written for all the Scripps Howard papers some … Continue reading

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

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