A Dream Come True: We’re Hosting Our Blog on Our Website

Hello, readers!

We’ve got an exciting announcement! After years of waiting and sighing and hoping that our website platform would provide a viable blog platform, our dream has come true!

During a recent trip on the information superhighway via Google, we discovered that there’s a downloadable WordPress plugin for our website.

We downloaded the plugin and now The Bug Man blog is up and running on thebugman.us. From now on we’ll be hosting our blog on our website. Please visit us there for future blog posts.

Thanks for reading!

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A Growing Business

The Bug Man would like to adopt a new member to our family as a full-time pest control technician. Must have the following qualities:

  • Trustworthy/Honest
  • Friendly team-player with good communication skillsOur new office!
  • Organized and able to manage time well
  • Willing to learn The Bug Man methods
  • Have a neat appearance
  • Have a good driving record & be a safe driver
  • NO drug users (we’ll check)
  • Clean background check (we’ll check that, too)
  • Must have or be willing to obtain certification by the TN Department of Agriculture. We are willing to train, if necessary.
The Bug Man signWe are a fun, friendly, growing, small business located in Murfreesboro, TN. We are looking for someone who wants to be part of our family for a long time. If you are interested, then please complete our employment application which can be found on our website at this link.

Compensation is dependent on qualifications.

The Bug Man truck

Please return the application via email to Vicky@thebugman.us or fax to (615) 212-2977, or in-person/mail at:

The Bug Man
606 S. Church St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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Children of the Corn and Beetles of the Dresser

In the pest control industry, technicians see a lot of things. Things that amaze them. Things that make sense. Things that are weird. And lots of things that are funny.

I’m Lindsay. I’ll be your narrator today. I’m the narrator of this blog most days, actually. 

As an office worker at a pest control company, I hear a lot of things, especially funny stories from technicians. Allow me to share this with you, because this story is too good to keep to myself.

Once up on a time, not too long ago, a jolly technician made his way to a routine pest control service call. The customer was seeing grain beetles upstairs in their house, so The Bug Man came out to take a look.

The thing about grain beetles is they are usually found in the kitchen. It was strange that someone would see a multitude of grain beetles any place other than where food is stored. Grain Beetle

Upon the technicians arrival, he greeted the perplexed customer and did a little investigating to try to find the root of the problem.

He asked, “I know this is a strange question, but do you have any corn anywhere in this house?”

“No. No corn,” the customer replied.

So the technician kept looking. As the minutes ticked on, he began questioning his own ability as a pest control professional.

“Have I lost my edge?” he wondered. “What am I going to tell this lady?”

The technician imagined his response to the customer.

“Uh, sorry, ma’am. I have no idea where all of these beetles are coming from. Crazy weather these days. It must be bringing in strange bug activity.”

Jolting him out of his inner dialogue, the customer said, “Oh! Hey, I’ve got corn hole bags in my dresser upstairs…”

corn hole bagRenewed in his pest control vigor, the technician booked it upstairs and opened the door of the dresser to find thousands of grain beetles swarming the corn hole bags. In his astonishment, he completely forgot to take a picture of the discovery.

Infestation by corn hole bag. Incredible!

So what’s the moral of the story? Don’t store corn hole bags in your dresser upstairs!

So who wants to play corn hole? Anyone? Anyone?

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How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have made a comeback in a REALLY BIG WAY.

Just this morning, as we had our morning cups of coffee, The Bug Man staff discussed bed bugs. We are receiving more calls for bed bugs than we’ve ever had.

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Back in the day, we’d get maybe one or two calls a year about bed bugs. Now we get one or two calls per week. That’s a big difference!

Now that the internet is so prevalent in our culture, you can find tons of different ways to take care of bed bugs. If you Google, “How do I get rid of bed bugs,” you’ll find home remedies, ads promoting pest control companies, and suggestions on what you can do.

In this economy, everyone is looking to save precious pennies, epecially in Middle Tennessee. It’s tempting to just go with the cheapest thing that you find. But how do you know if it will work? How do you know it won’t hurt your family?

Without the guidance and assistance of a pest professional, you don’t know.

So, let’s go with what we do know:

  • Home remedies for bed bugs are often dangerous
  • Bed bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of
  • Treating just one room for bed bugs is usually not effective
  • In most instances, at least two rooms (the bedroom and the living room) need to be treated
  • If you’ve had bed bugs, you need to get a bed bug certified mattress cover/box spring cover
  • When in doubt, ask questions. If you’re unsure of if you have bed bugs, give The Bug Man call at 615.217.7284. We will help you identify what you’re dealing with and recommend a method of treatment.
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Shameless Plug: Calling the Exterminator Isn’t a Bad Thing

Customers are interesting.

Some of them rave about pest control.
“Now, honey, let me tell ya. I love your mosquito service. I can sit in my yard all day and not get a single bite. But my friend, Jeannie. Now she’s always gettin’ bit up real bad. But I’m not, cuz y’all come out here and spray my property and you do a real good job.”

Some of them have a lot of questions about pest control.
“So is your termite service separate from your pest control? Or is it all bundled together? What if I need one and not the other? Can I do that? Is that ok? How much does that cost?”

 And, still there are other customers who call us, with what sounds like a sense of shame.
“Uh. Hi. My name is_________. Um. *nervous laughter* I’ve…*clears throat* I’ve never called an exterminator before. *sigh* Wh-wh-wha-how, uh, how much does it cost to get rid of bugs? I’ve got mice. And I have seen a few spiders. And I really don’t like bugs. I’m sorry, I’m not sure what to ask you. I’ve never needed an exterminator before…”

We named this post “Shameless Plug” because we want you to feel shameless when you call us. 

Rest easy, folks. It is ok to call the exterminator. It’s not a shameful thing to call The Bug Man. We don’t think you’re grimy and gross when you call us. Pretty much every homeowner has an encounter with bugs.

When you ask us to come treat your home, we don’t assume that it’s your fault that you’ve got bugs. We don’t imagine your home as a rickety shack destined to be featured on the show Hoarders.

Rather, we imagine you as a friendly Middle Tennessean. We envision you as a homeowner in Murfreesboro who wants to be educated on the best practices for keeping pests out. We think you’re a good mom or dad in Lebanon who wants to protect your family by keeping your home pest free.

Don’t be ashamed to call us, because we’re not ashamed of you. We are proud of you for taking care of your loved ones. And we’re honored that you let us help you do that.

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When Indianmeal Moths Attack!

Ok, so we admit that our headline is a bit exaggerated. Indainmeal moths really won’t attack you. Well, not physically, anyway. They sight of them gestating in your Quaker Oats may attack your stomach and make you want to vomit, though.

Indianmeal moths are attracted to lights. You’ll find them in grocery stores flying around. And, unfortunately, sometimes you find them in your kitchen. According to PestWorld.com, “These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.”

If you suspect that you have indianmeal moths (also known as indian meal moths), immediately dispose of the damaged product. And also dispose of any other products that aren’t tightly sealed. These moths are quite limber and can worm and squirm their way into tight spaces.

If you find them inside of a container, make sure to keep the container shut. You don’t want to give them the opportunity to fly to other foods.

Here are a few pictures of Indianmeal moths. We just discovered them at a customer’s home yesterday. Warning: These pictures may make you feel queasy.

Indian meal moths in Quaker Oats

David--our technician--found Indianmeal moths in Quaker Oats

Indian meal moths inside a Quaker Oats Can

If you look closely, you can see the Indianmeal moths inside

Indianmeal moths on a Quaker Oats lid

Indianmeal moth larvae on a Quaker Oats lid

Should you discover Indianmeal moths, we’re here to help. Call us at 615.217.7284. We hope your queasiness from the above pictures has subsided. :)

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Mice in the Movies: Vile Vermin Became Furry Friends

It’s been rodent season for awhile. And it’s still rodent season today! Mice are still on the move. Rats are still on the run.

The RescuersWith mice on our minds for the last several months, we’ve had time to ruminate on just how many rodents show up in movies. Especially Disney movies! Let’s see. We’ve got The Rescuers. The crew of helpful mice in Cinderella. Then Ratatouille. And there are probably more that we’re missing. (Leave a comment below if we forgot a movie.)

Update: We forgot Mickey and Minnie! Thanks to those who left a comment.

In those fabled films, the rodents are the heroes! They are celebrated and cheered on! Humans are sometimes painted as antagonists. Movie-watchers can find themselves hoping that the human is defeated and the rodent rallies for a win.

How funny that rodents are usually jeered in reality. With all of the lovable Disney rodent characters out there, it leaves us wondering if people feel a sense of guilt or sadness when trying to keep rodents out of their homes. Gus Gus

Do you feel like you’re denying a proverbial Gus-Gus a chance at life if you call The Bug Man? Are you breaking up the storied romance of Bernard and Miss Bianca if you tell us you need a service call for mice? And what about poor Remy the rat? Is he helping you cook your family feast?

If you’re not fond of rodents in your house, give us a call at 615.217.7284. We will help you have a happily ever after.

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Find the Local Bugs in Middle Tennessee on TheBugMan.us

Isn’t it interesting how bugs in one part of the U.S. are different from bugs in another part of the country?

If you’re a northerner visiting Florida for a sunny vacation, you may discover roaches bigger than you’ve ever seen! Termites are terrible and dangerous in Tennessee, but they may not be so threatening in Nebraska.

Murfreesboro MapWhether you’re a (rare) Tennessee native or you’re new to the area trying to become Nashville’s next big star, we’ve got a great resource for you: our website.

There is a wonderful pest library on our website. It showcases all of the local “buggers” that you may encounter. And, if some random other bug happens to pester people, you can rest assured that we’ll fill you in about it here on our blog.

Take cicadas, for example. While we don’t have a dedicated entry for them in our pest library, we’ve got a blog post featuring the loud and mysterious creatures.

If you’re ever curious about bugs, please leave a comment on our blog, on Facebook, or send us a tweet to @TheBugManTN.

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Home for the Holidays: Protect Your Nest From the Pests

There’s no place like home for the holidays…

For some reason, the combination of the holiday season and the gathering of friends and family leads to humorous situations. Countless movies are based on holiday hilarity. Family traditions include watching some of those movies.

One such movie marvel is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. There’s the Christmas tree, the sled on the hill, the Christmas lights, cousin Eddie, the Christmas bonus, and…the squirrel.

Crazy things can happen when outside pests invade your cozy nest! Although The Bug Man doesn’t directly deal with squirrels, we do come to your defense when it comes to pests like spiders, ants, rodents, silverfish, termites, mosquitoes, and fleas.

As you celebrate this Christmas season, we hope you home is free of any pesky outside nuisances. However, if you find yourself in a bitter battle with pests, give us a call, and we’ll be on our way.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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An Open Letter to Traveling Musicians

Although musicians live lives of notoriety, that does not make them immune to the threat of bed bugs. Those hitchhiking blood suckers show no favoritism. They don’t care who you are or what you do or how many albums you sold.

In the last week, two of the artists I follow on Twitter sent a tweet about bed bugs. At first, I felt sorry for them. Bed bugs are annoying. They can lead to panic and hysteria. And the marks of their meals leave welts on the humans on whom they feast.

Soon, my feeling of sympathy was replaced with a rising sense of duty to tell the rest of the music world about bed bugs. music notes

You see, I used to work in the Christian publishing industry. That’s actually the reason I moved to Nashvegas. I’ve met a lot of popular artists. I reviewed their CDs and attended their shows. I cared–and still do care–about them.

Without further adieu, here are my recommendations as a music lover and pest control professional:

* Each manager, publicist, and booking agent should explicitly explain the threat of bed bugs to their artists. Perhaps–between all the parties involved–the severity of the message will be conveyed. It may seem ridiculous to do that, but the threat of bed bugs is real!

* Update your tour rider. Specifically request that all of your accommodations are bed bug free. Seriously.

* Designate a personal assistant or crew member to check for signs of bed bugs at each venue. This includes rented transportation, green rooms, and especially hotels. Instruct one of the members of your crew to check for bed bugs before you unpack your clothing. For tips on what to look for, read our blog Snug as a Bed Bug in a Rug: Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs.

* If you discover bed bugs in a hotel room, request a room that does not neighbor the original room. And try to move to a different floor. If one room has bed bugs, they can travel through the wall outlets to neighboring rooms.

* When traveling, never store your suitcase on a couch, bed, or the floor. Place the suitcase on a table or on one of the pop up suitcase holders usually available in hotel rooms.

* When you get home from tour, immediately wash all of your clothing! Often the heat of the washing/drying process will kill any bugs that are present.

* Tell other artists about the threat of bed bugs. This is a story worth swapping. You may save your fellow traveler some serious coin by informing them.

* If you discover bed bugs in your home, call a pest management professional. I’m not saying this because I work for a pest control company and I want you to call us. I’m saying this because I love you and I’ve read too many articles about DIY bed bug treatments gone bad.

* If you need more information on this subject, post a comment or call us at 615-217-7284. We will gladly teach you what to look for when you’re traveling. We can tell you all about the signs of bed bugs.

We’d love to discuss this with you and offer any educational resources you may need. If you live in the Nashville area, we may even be able to arrange a meeting with artists, record labels, managers, booking agents, etc. And if we’re feeling really ambitious, perhaps a seminar at GMA Week.

If you’re still reading and you are or you’re associated with a  country/rock/alternative/emo/punk/screamo/metal/kidz bop/opera/etc. music star, I also care about you. This blog’s for you, too.

It’s also for movie stars. Or TV stars.

Or anyone. Any human. Benefits to all! :)

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