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I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. I started in 1969 in Florida. I am currently an author, columnist and pest management consultant and I help people manage their pests without using toxic pesticides.

Before getting in the bug business, I was in the Army and was stationed at Fort Gordon in 1961 for signal school training. I was then sent to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. I remember visiting Augusta many times from the base.

I will discuss how you can control almost all of your household pests, including termites, without using toxic pesticides or a pesticide service. If you do use a pest control company you should never let them spray pesticides in your home or business. Treating around the perimeter is fine. Also, pesticides should never be used in schools, day care centers, hospitals or nursing homes. Basically, they should never be used around children, elderly folks or sick people. They shouldn’t be used around pets either.

There are plenty of safe ways to control pests without toxic pesticides if you use IPM (Intelligent Pest Management).

People frequently ask me if they can do their own termite control, regarding subterranean termites and drywoods. I have always told them no, it would be better to call in a professional.

However, I have changed my mind on this.

While a professional termite treatment by a reputable company is a good thing, particularly if you are buying or selling a home, it is entirely possible to treat your home yourself without using a pest control company or toxic pesticides. I have tried this method on several homes and it works. I won’t say it will work in every home as construction of houses are different and there may be some construction in place that would either slow it down or prevent it from working. However since it will probably cost you less than $100 to treat your own home, it is certainly worth trying. The average home will run you in the neighborhood of a $1,000 if you have it treated professionally.

Next column we will discuss treating your home for subterranean termites. Meanwhile visit my Web site at www.askthebugman.com and check out my blogs.

If you have any bug questions please feel free to ask and we will discuss them in the column.

Richard Fagerlund can be reached at askthebugman@yahoo.com.


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