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Current Issue:  March 25, 2002
Volume 37, Number 17

Bugman offers ant advice
Publishes new book with UNM Press

By Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund, B.C.E.

Spring is upon us, and with the warm weather, we will start seeing more bugs both on campus and in our homes. A new pest that you may see is the recently imported Argentine ant.

This ant has very large colonies and multiple queens making it almost impossible to eradicate once it gets a foothold in a home. The Argentine ant is one of seventeen species of ants that infest homes in New Mexico.

It is very important you know which species you have if you are going to successfully control it. Different types of ants take different baits and a few species won’t take any baits and require the use of pesticides. If you have Argentine ants in your home you will almost certainly need a pest management professional to help control them. I can recommend someone who has had experience with these ants in Albuquerque.

Proper identification is necessary to control any pest, on campus or off. If you have ants or some other pest in your home and you want to get it identified, you can either mail them to me or bring them by my office and I will be happy to assist you. If you mail any bugs, please put them in alcohol and mail them to me at Box 1173, Corrales, NM, 87048.

There are ways to control most pests without using toxic pesticides. Some of these methods are on my webpage, www.askthebugman.com, and in my recently published book, “Ask the Bugman,” (UNM Press), available in most bookstores or on amazon.com.

If you have any questions about bugs in your home or on campus, call the Bugman at 440-6384 or email fagerlun@unm.edu.