Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I am the bug man

We have a lot of bugs in Texas.  When I lived in an apartment, the management company would provide pest control services every few months. I was never home when they came by, but I never had a bug problem. So all was well.

Then when we got married and moved into a house, we had to figure that stuff out on our own. So we hired a pest control service. And then we moved into our new home in a slightly more rural area, and we immediately noticed the bugs were worse. So we continued the pest control service.

I was home most of the time for our pest control services at our home, and for a while we had the same person coming to our house. My younger son called him "the bug man". "Is the bug man coming today? Is the bug man killing our bugs?"

But somewhere along the way, as our pest control company was bought out and a new company came, we began to think that we could really just do this ourselves. We were paying $90 a visit for them to just put granules in our yard and sweep away spider webs and wasp nests.  The last company we had didn't even spray inside our house.

So we decided this was something we could learn to do ourselves.  How hard can it be?

We bought the supplies. And earlier this week, I became "the bug man."  Granules on the grass, spraying on the inside, knocking down webs on the outside.  It didn't take me long.  I hope it works just as well.

I wrote a reminder on my calendar to repeat the process in 3 months.

We also cancelled our lawn weed control/fertilizer service, and I will be doing that.  Which I think will be a little more complicated.  But we are saving over $700 a year by doing these ourselves.

Are you your own bug man?  Do you do your lawn treatment yourself?  I'd love any tips/websites/advice you can give me on the topic.


  1. I'd love to know what you find that works. We also have lots of spiders, pincher bugs, etc, but are afraid to put too much poison on the lawn since the kids play out there. Anything "green" probably won't do the trick, although we haven't really researched that yet.

  2. Jeremy has done ours for the seven years we have lived in our house. As long as you are diligent in doing it every 3 months, it works just as well, and saves a ton!