V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016
A Midsummer Night's Wings
Saturday, Aug 6: Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight
Bilingual, guided walks to learn about native animals. Watch a hummingbird capture, banding and release, an insect capture, indentification and release and learn about natureÂ journaling.
V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016
Friday, Feb 5: NM Beekeepers 2016 Conference
Several speakers are giving talks plus there is a hands-on area, educational materials, vendors and giveaways and a raffle for a one-of-a-kind bee quilt.
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015
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.24 No.37 | 9/10/2015
Potential Hazards of Pesticides
UC Davis study may link poison to autism
The Bugman advocates that some pesticides should not be used in public areas without the knowledge of the public, and that pesticide applicators be trained in all categories for which they are re-certified.
V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015
This “Mite” Save You
Because of the weather activity, it would be a good idea to get a termite inspection, but there is no reason to panic.
V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
CC by Hamed Saber
The Bugs of Summer
A long-term drought shakes up the insect world, here’s how to deal with it.
New Mexico’s drought brings grasshoppers and other crawly fauna into our fair city. The Bugman explains how we can deal with them.
V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013
The Bugman covers common insect invaders in your home. Here’s how to get rid of them without pest control companies or pesticides.
V.22 No.35 | 8/29/2013
Shoo, Fly, Get Off of My Cloud
Nontoxic solutions for Burque’s latest plague
Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund gives helpful tips on how to curb your fly problems without calling on toxic pest control.
V.22 No.19 | 5/9/2013
Bane of both acne and termites
The Bugman tells of an unexpected chemical helpmate for eradicating termites.
V.22 No.16 | 4/18/2013
Ants in Your Pants
Recently I got a call to help a homeowner with some ants. She had three pest control companies come by and none of them were able to identify the ants, yet they all treated her house. The problem persisted. I identified the ants for her as Liometopum apiculatum, which are not common household ants in New Mexico, but they do occur. If you don't recognize them, it is impossible to control them. They make nests hundreds of feet from where they are seen and in her case, it wasn't even on her property. The ants were climbing a tree on her property and getting on the roof from branches that were touching the house. The ants feed on the honeydew secretion of various homopteran insects such as aphids, scales and mealy bugs, so they do like sweets. I suggested she make a sweet bait with two tablespoons of honey, mixed with a teaspoon of boric acid, and place it in areas in the house where she sees the ants foraging. I also recommended she pest proof her house, including trimming all the branches on the tree so they don't touch the house. She followed both my recommendations, and her problem was solved.