Ask the Bugman: Environmentally Safe Ways to Control Household Pests

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You open the kitchen cabinet, reach for the jar of peanut butter, and there on its top are mice droppings. What's the safest means to be rid of the mice? In Ask the Bugman, Board Certified Entomologist Richard Fagerlund offers advice on pest control drawn from answers to commonly asked questions in his nationally distributed newspaper column. For mice, live traps are best, using oatmeal as bait. Never use poisons or glue boards. He also encourages preventive measures to plug the...

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Overview

You open the kitchen cabinet, reach for the jar of peanut butter, and there on its top are mice droppings. What's the safest means to be rid of the mice? In Ask the Bugman, Board Certified Entomologist Richard Fagerlund offers advice on pest control drawn from answers to commonly asked questions in his nationally distributed newspaper column. For mice, live traps are best, using oatmeal as bait. Never use poisons or glue boards. He also encourages preventive measures to plug the holes mice use as entrances.

With thirty-years' experience in pest control, Fagerlund offers suggestions for controlling nearly fifty common (and a few not so common) pests found in and around the home. The questions are divided into categories including disruptive pests, destructive pests, biters and stingers, reptiles and rodents, and garden and household bugs. But what separates Ask the Bugman from other such books is its environmental ethic, which is carefully laid out in the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Typical IPM methods include habitat modification, improved sanitation, and the use of less-toxic, pest-specific baits. As alternatives to harmful chemicals, he counsels use of home remedies, provides a number of these, and includes others sent in by readers of his column. Ten original sketches of common household pests give readers an appreciation of their appearance.

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Editorial Reviews

E Magazine
Bugman makes a fascinating read and an indispensable guide to pest control.
Science News
The book offers homeowners brief, prudent advice for effective pest control.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826328359
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 184

Meet the Author

Richard Fagerlund, B.C.E., formerly performed Integrated Pest Management at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Disruptive Bugs 12
2 Destructive Bugs 51
3 Biters and Stingers 64
4 Odds and Ends 85
5 Reptiles, Rodents, and Other Nonbugs 98
6 Pest Control Services and Pesticides 110
7 Delusory Parasitosis 121
8 Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 126
9 Home Remedies from Readers 132
10 Least Favorite Bugs 142
11 Special Letters and Comments 150
12 True Stories 160
13 Some Thoughts on the Environment 166
14 Resources 168
Index 170
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