Products & Resources

I recommend food grade diatomaceous earth (available in most feed stores); Niban Bait, made from boric acid, for cockroaches, ants and crickets; Terro Bait also made from boric acid, available in most stores.  Clothes moth and flour moth pheromone traps, are usually available in health food stores or online.  I also recommend sodium borates such as BoraCare.

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28 thoughts on “Products & Resources

  1. Any suggestions for getting rid of American cockroaches? We (two 70 plus old women) have a very clean house and also two mini dachshunds so we are worried about the diotomaceous earth or the baits for killing the bugs. We don’t have any flower beds on the kitchen outside wall and it’s very dry outside the kitchen (we live in Corrales in the sandhills). This is the second year that we have seen them in the kitchen at night. We take up the dog bowl of water in the evening, so there isn’t any moisture about or food. My bedroom is right next to the kitchen and I have the “willies” about sleeping after seeing the bugs. Any ideas? We don’t want to spray inside the house. Thanks so much for considering our problem.

    Posted by Sheila Girard Hall | July 7, 2013, 5:22 pm
  2. In your e-book on Pest & Guests, you describe baits for cockroaches and how to make a few. Can you tell me/us what is working in these baits? One has baking soda and sugar, another has sugar, shortening, flour, baking soda, and onions! Does baking soda kill them? or sugar? and do they like onions?

    Also, in the other e-book on garden pests, you mention diatomaceous earth (DE) and Greenbug for Outdoors in the Introduction, so that the reader is familiar with what you recommend throughout the book. But then under Squashbugs (which I have), you also mention “Formula D”. Can you explain what that is?
    Thank you.

    Posted by Sandra Clei | August 11, 2013, 3:11 pm
  3. I get bit at night by bed bugs, but I am told my samples are not bedbugs?

    Posted by Paula | October 5, 2013, 4:19 pm
  4. I moved to Cleveland, Tx, and live in the wooded area. Last year, I too, had invisible bugs. I also had exs. I would itch & could see marks on my body. I could see what appeared to be something moving. As it moved, it left a dark spot. Then when I felt them on my head and moving, it freaked me out. After they moved, some seemed to ooze out and looked like lint or fuzz. I did find tiny red things on carpet, etc yet looked like lint from a red towel. I have no red towels. I could go on & on, but I won’t. I believe I even contacted you. Just had to tell that poor lady she is NOT crazy. I am an intelligent woman. Receiving Teacher of the Year in Dallas is not given to a wacko. Ha!! Trust me when I tell you this: I will be documenting EVERY SINGLE THING IF, heaven forbid, THIS OCCURS AGAIN THIS YEAR. My 1st year was bad enough. Nuff said. Feel free to call me if you like, & I’ll be more than happy to explain what could have been a MASSIVE TOME had I written a book.
    Seriously Sane,
    Gwyn Goodwin
    879 County Road 2167
    Cleveland, Tx 77327

    Posted by Gwyn Goodwin | March 26, 2014, 9:07 pm
  5. Used coffee grounds from organically grown coffee helps ensure that your compost mix is free of harmful chemicals.
    For example, check out the site for Applied Food Sciences Inc.
    It must be combined with a sensible diet
    plan along with a regular exercise regimen.

    Posted by green coffee beans | May 9, 2014, 9:15 am
  6. Do you recommend Greenbug for carpenter bees? What about diatomaceous earth? We have had the bees coming back to the same holes in some redwood 4×6 beams for a number of years. This year i tried treating the wood with a preservative but it didn’t stop them.

    Posted by august2june Valens | May 13, 2014, 8:31 pm
  7. Are either Greenbug or diatomaceous earth suitable for getting rid of Carpenter Bees?

    Posted by august2june | May 13, 2014, 8:35 pm
  8. Are either Greenbug or diatomaceous earth good for getting rid of carpenter bees?

    Posted by august2june | May 13, 2014, 8:36 pm
  9. Is there any safe method for ridding my horse of lice? He contracted them out in the pasture and they are located right behind his front legs. I’ve used a louse comb and continue to pick out nits, lice and glue. He just gets reinfected. I’ve removed him from the pasture for 11 days in June and put him in another pasture. He came out clean until he went back into the infected pasture. Right now I have diamataceous earth packed on the backs of his legs, I don’t know if that will help.

    Posted by Linda Foreman | July 13, 2014, 4:34 pm
  10. I’m not sure if it’s a bed bug or what
    I don’t get bit
    But it’s little bugs I find on the sheets
    Or in the bathroom sink
    They look like bed bugs.
    I will send you one once I see it again. But I’m terrified
    Can you help?

    Posted by mattedtangledhair | December 8, 2014, 2:13 pm
  11. I use a lot of food grade DE for bug control. You can also purchase it through Amazon cheaper than from the distributor. Good luck!!!

    Posted by riomagicsmom | December 10, 2014, 6:58 pm
  12. I’m desperately seeking help from the infamous bugman and his disciples! The rental property where I reside is rife with problems. It certainly seems to be multiple issues to my untrained eye.

    1. I have been told by a pest control company that carpet beetles are present. I do find casings, as well as hard nibs embedded in the carpets.

    2. There are holes in the walls, pin hole sized. Also, gouging marks, flaps, divets, nail pops, dark lines or shapes, and raised, hardened “gravel” so tightly adhered to the wall that it seems a part of it.

    3. Black “dots” and white dots. Frequently embedded in clothing and bedding. They often seem dead or inorganic, but twice I have gone to wipe some (on a wall and a curtain) and it was evident that they were alive.

    4. Something is chewing/destroying wood. Small bits of it appear on the floor and gouges and scratches have appeared in many pieces.

    5. On all types of materials, a whitish or clear gluey substance appears.

    By way of background, one child and I have developed significant skin problems. The dog, too, has an undiagnosed skin issue. Bugs that I have seen include numerous ladybugs as well as carpenter ants, and an abundance of fire mites outside. The presence of bed bugs , fleas, and the other usual suspects have been ruled out. I will attach some pics of walls and ceilings.

    I move in less than a month and my concern is not to bring any of the critters with me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Posted by Exhausted | June 10, 2015, 12:24 am
    • Email me if you are in the Albuquerque area as I would have to see the place in order to make any recommendations. If you live someplace else, you need to call a professional to inspect the property and identify the pests.

      Posted by askthebugman | June 10, 2015, 1:38 pm
  13. I have been getting bitten for the last 3 weeks or so, in bed (I believe). I’ve been looking for bed bugs but I cannot find any. However, I have found plenty of carpet beetles. Could this really be the cause of my *bites*? I’ve read that the skin reactions can look similar. I just don’t want to rule out bed bugs just because I found carpet beetles. Any advice?

    Posted by medusafaery | July 23, 2015, 9:05 pm
    • The only way the carpet beetle larvae could affect you is if one of the body hairs gets into a skin pore. That may happen once or twice, but the chances of repeated “bites” like that is unlikely. Maybe you should get your bed inspected by a professional.

      Posted by askthebugman | July 29, 2015, 8:15 am
  14. Hi Mr Bugman

    Really like you’re approach to pest management.

    Speaking of pest, one started digging in the garden at night. apparently small almost no prints. Tried trapping. No luck. Suggestions?

    Tim Holland

    Posted by tim holland | October 8, 2015, 10:19 am
  15. Please please can you help me find what’s eating me and my 7 yo son? We get these awful bites every spring that have such a reaction to that usually send him to the urgent care at least once a spring with an infection. And I have no idea what it is!! I have several pictures of the bites though.

    Posted by Terri bronson | June 5, 2016, 2:36 pm
  16. I felt relieved when I found you in facebook.
    You seem expert in pest management.

    I have shared pictures of pests on your fb page, these are very tiny, and there are 2-3 types of pests. One type is booklice (I think)
    And others are so tiny like dot moving, and one more, which is dark brown looks different then others two. They dont go I tried lemon,dettol, pifpaf powder, apple cider vinegar, baking soda so far. They are always behind doors, or corners.

    Kindly help me in getting rid of them. I have baby in home.

    Posted by Hina | May 4, 2017, 8:58 pm
  17. Hi my name is Tammie Tate and i read so many of the stories ,very sad well I did a 5 years long research and I discover what it is and how it got here ,and throw only tested on my self .I know how to cure it, possible …if any one wants my help call me 1-347-303-1859 this is free …unless you live far .you have to paid my car fair .today the answer has arrived the day if Glory thank our god

    Posted by Tammie Tate | August 12, 2017, 5:20 pm
  18. What is with that guy?

    Posted by U4gm POE orbs | January 8, 2018, 1:36 am
  19. I tried your recipe, vinegar-epson salt-dish soap, for weed control. All it did was make the weeds white for a while. No weed killing. Eventually, even the white coating blew off. What next?

    Posted by Bob Henry | May 14, 2018, 3:48 pm
  20. What are these little brown gnats that don’t bite, but fly around the face trying to break you down psychologically? (Southern NM)

    Posted by Sharon | September 18, 2018, 10:55 am
  21. I’d like to know more about ant’s and the spring the ant’s come out in droves. As far as the moths are concerned, they seem to want to use my front porch as a breeding ground, how can I control them? thanks

    Posted by Joe Arevalo | March 14, 2019, 1:09 pm

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