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V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016

Bugman

Dealing with Ants in Your House

A guide to pesticide free ant control

I have been getting a lot of calls about ants coming into homes. We will discuss some treatment methods that don’t involve spraying pesticides. There are several things you can do to prevent ants from entering your home. The first step is exclusion. Go around the outside of your home and inspect it very carefully from an ant's point of view. Ants can sense cool air and aromatic odors emanating from your home and will try to gain access. Check around the house at ground level and look for cracks in the foundation, voids around pipes, areas under stucco, peepholes in bricks and similar areas that ants can use to gain entrance. All these areas need to be sealed, caulked, screened or otherwise altered to prevent ants from using them to get into your home. Check around your windows and doors to make sure they close tightly. If the doors aren't tight, you may have to install door sweeps on them. Check your bushes, shrubs and trees to make sure you don't have any branches touching the roof. Don't stack firewood, bricks or anything else next to your house or ants and other insects may find it a good place to nest. If you have bushes or shrubs next to your house, periodically inspect them for aphids, scales and similar bugs as ants are attracted to the honeydew they produce. The ants will get on the plants and eventually find their way into your home. Don't put flagstone or flat boards on the ground too close to your home or some species of ants will nest under them. On the other hand, mound-making ants will generally stay outside. They rarely leave their complicated and efficient homelike in the mound to enter homes. If you don't want the ants making mounds in your yard, you can flood the nests with club soda or with white vinegar or food-grade DE. If you use the DE, mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. You can also use 1 gallon of orange juice diluted with 2 gallons of water and a dash of soap. If you prefer, you can also spread dry instant grits on the mound. The ants will eat it and not be able to digest it and die.

You can repel ants with a wide variety of products, including cinnamon, baking soda, Comet Cleanser, cedar oil, medicated baby powder, Tide, talcum powder, chalk, coffee grounds, borax, garlic, broken egg shells, bone meal, black or red pepper, peppermint, paprika, chili powder and mint leaves. If you have ants going into your hummingbird feeder, you can put duct tape, sticky side out, on the wire holding the feeder, to deter them.

The best way to control them when they get in your home is with baits. Different species have different food preferences. Some species will take a wide variety of baits, while others are more particular. Here is a recipe for effective, homemade ant baits that use borax. It attracts ants looking for either moisture or food. You will need: 3 c. water, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. borax or 2 tsp. food-grade DE, 6 small screw-top jars with lids, such as jelly jars covered with masking tape, which will enable the ants to climb up the side. Mix the sugar, water and borax (or food-grade DE) in a bowl. Loosely half-fill the jars with cotton balls or pieces of sponge or wadded paper towels. Pour up to ½ cup of the sugary mixture over the cotton balls, saturating them. Make several small holes in the lid. Screw the lids on the jars tightly.

If you smoke, always wear plastic gloves when making ant baits or they will sense the tobacco smoke on the baits and not go to it. Ants do not like cigarette or cigar smoke.

A very good commercial bait is Terro Bait, which is made from boric acid and is sold in some stores. Many common household ants will love it. Just place the bait stations where you see the ants foraging.
With any bait you use, homemade or commercial, always put them in areas where children and pets can’t disturb them.

If you have large carpenter ants, you can use Advanced Carpenter Ant Bait, which is available online. Again, no pesticides need to be sprayed inside or outside. If you have any ants that aren’t taking the bait for some reason, you can contact me and I will help you identify them and recommend a treatment. You can contact me at askthebugman2013@gmail.com or by phone at 505-385-2820. There is also a lot of non-toxic pest information on my website at www.askthebugman.com.

V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

Buggin' Out!

Friday, Oct 30: BUGarium Opening

The new 3,500 square foot building features insect and arthropod species from around the world, including Malaysian walking sticks, giant bird-eating tarantulas and southwest velvet ants.
V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013

video games

Webgame Wednesday: Arachnophilia

Bugs are cool. If you agree (and you should), check out Arachnophilia. This spider-simulating game has you spinning webs in a tree in order to catch some tasty insects. You've got to eat bugs in order to keep your web fluid flowing. But watch out for the dangerous pests like bees and stage beetles, which can damage your web and even hurt you. Click on "facts" along the way to learn stuff about various insects. Entertaining and educational.

V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012

news

The Daily Word in missiles, meth and mind reading.

The Daily Word

There are 350 million depressed people.

North Korea says its missiles can hit the US mainland.

A 132 year old woman died.

Fart teasing led to murder.

When was the last time you played with your sound effect buttons?

Here's a bird falling into a chocolate fountain.

Look at this optical illusion and shake your head side to side. It looks kind of like there's a person there.

Try this creepy mind reader!

Who is Benjamin Kyle?

The Amityville house is back on the market.

A man died in a deadly bug eating contest.

He is actually Luke's father.

The super-sonic skydive is on hold. But might happen … I don’t know.

The cops caught a guy with three pounds of meth.

Happy birthday John Entwistle.

V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #255: I am at a convention.

I am at a convention, walking through the exhibit floor with many booths. Somehow I have accidentally bumped my watch buttons and now it shows only Hebrew letters. My error has also affected the giant TV, which is now showing a Japanese program about bugs.

V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012

opinion

Bugs and the modern age

Just thinking about ants or spiders makes me itch and shudder. Every time I read this week’s op-ed from the Bugman, I got a serious case of the crawlies. Richard Fagerlund, a nontoxic pest management consultant, says the number of inquiries from folks who think they have bugs on them has increased drastically over the years. He posits that it could be a result of pesticides, pollutants or genetically modified food.

The Bugman

The Crawlies

Got you under my skin

Twenty years ago, pest control expert Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund would get maybe one call a month about someone who said they felt imaginary bugs crawling on them. Today, he gets them almost on a daily basis.
V.21 No.13 |

news

The Daily Word in Earl Scruggs, Starbucks bugs and a billion stars

The Daily Word

Trayvon Martin's parents say video of George Zimmerman the night of the shooting show Zimmerman wasn't seriously injured.

Congressman tries to wear a hoodie on the House floor, gets escorted out.

CEO's saw pay raises last year.

KOB busts Housing Authority director getting her nails done on Fridays while driving the agency's car. She got a raise, too.

Jerome Block Jr. is on probation and out of jail.

Starbucks uses crushed bugs in Strawberries and Creme Frappuccinos.

R.I.P banjo hero Earl Scruggs. Steve Martin wrote an article about him earlier this year.

Video of horses so weak they can't stand in Los Lunas auction house. Commenters say people bring them in that way because they can't take care of them.

If the Supreme Court throws out health reform, will Obama be re-elected?

A picture of a billion stars.

The pope and the Castros did not find common ground.

Downton Arby's.

V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/84/i39/8439insects.html

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #209: I point out a walking stick bug.

I join my two women friends as they attempt to pole their small raft up the river. I take over both poles just as we enter a strong current. The raft is pitched back down river and the girls go overboard. I manage to eddy up the raft around a bend and I cling to some brush. The girls climb back on. We disembark. On the beach, I point out a walking stick bug that is carrying a small piece of paper. A beetle and a fly ride on its back. The girls are uninterested.

Feature

Creepy Crawlies

Author Amy Stewart on the lifestyles of the gross and deadly

You’re strolling barefoot down the beach when—what the?—you step on a furry mass that sends lightening bolts of pain shooting through your body. You look down to discover the culprit: a roiling blob of fuzzy caterpillars. That doesn’t seem so bad, and after the pain subsides, you decide not to visit a doctor. You return home, but huge bruises begin to appear on your body. Instead of getting smaller, they get bigger. By the time you get to a hospital and doctors realize you’ve been stung by a certain type of poisonous Brazilian caterpillar―and order the special antivenin from South America―your kidneys shut down and your blood won’t clot. Later that day, you die.

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V.20 No.13 |

News

The Daily Word: Giffords, Libya defections, bug-eating

The Daily Word

A woman who let her friend drive drunk is being charged with a DWI.

Rep. Pearce says something something "constitutional" something "don't' give money to public broadcasting."

Charges against the local nonprofit that sent human heads to a Kansas medical waste facility were dropped.

Potato earth.

Someone put an explosive near an APD car this morning.

Do you know this guy? He stole a computer from UNM by picking it up and walking away.

Secretary of State says the guv may have breached campaign law.

Gaddafi's foreign minister split. (Meet his lovely daughter, who he hopes will inspire his troops.

Arizona outlawed abortions that are performed because of the sex or race of the fetus.

Maybe we will eat bugs when there's no more meat.

Is it too soon to ask: Will Giffords run for Senate?

Spoiler: The "Top Chef All Stars" winner.

Birth rate in the U.S. dropping fast.

Google makes baby steps toward social networking and "liking."

The cosmonaut who fell to earth.

V.19 No.20 |

Video Games

This Week In Games 5.21.10

Dr. House makes his way into games - looks like the show with a little Trauma Center: Under The Knife squirted on for good measure.

Fear 3, trailer 2 drops, looks just about as hokey as Fear 3, trailer 1.

Fable 3 will be on the PC, but collector's edition is Xbox 360 only.

In case your Super Mario Galaxy 2 appetite needed further whetting, this.

The upcoming multiplayer Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is going to get a beta release!


How is Steam on Mac doing?

Go to Google today and Saturday and play Pac-Man.

Red Dead Redemption plagued by some pretty strange bugs, and awesome (and bugs, mine crashes).


Today's Events

2nd Annual South American Folk Fair at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

South American arts and crafts vendors, dancers and musicans pay homage to Andean communities.

Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park

Oils and Yoga at Kalm Yoga

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