All Creatures Great and Small

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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

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

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