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Control of Pests in the Home By Organic or Chemical Methods

Homeowners can choose to control pests themselves using traps, chemicals or natural methods, or they can hire a licensed professional to provide the same or additional services. In addition, this category examines the safety issues facing the applicator, homeowner and pet.

What Is Integrated Pest Management?
IPM is today's term for responsible pest control. But what is it and how do you apply it in your home?

11 Questions and Answers on Pesticides and their Use
Some common questions and answers about pesticides, their hazards, and their use.

Prepare for Termite Service
Termite control is best conducted by professionals, but there are things the homeowner should know and can do to prepare for service.

Getting Rid of Snakes by Cleaning Up the Yard and Garden
Snakes have been either worshipped or reviled for centuries and usually do not bite unless cornered, handled or stepped-on. Despite the fact that snakes are predators of rodents, lizards and frogs, many persons consider snakes to be pests and do not want them in the garden or yard. For them, this article outlines a few simple yard maintenance ideas to limit the local snake population.

Getting Rid of Rats in the Community is the Responsibility of…
Rats are widely feared and considered pests for many different reasons. They damage homes, schools and workplaces, chew on wiring and cause electrical fires, urinate on human and animal food and serve as disease carriers. Further, they are a community-wide pest that must be managed through community-wide efforts, yet the initial step after identification that rats and specifically which type of r…

Getting Rid of Rats Means Paying Attention to Household Garbage
Using metal cans with tight fitting, secured lids, set on a platform off the ground and away from garages or the house will go a long way toward rat-proofing household garbage. Meticulous sanitation in and around the yard, especially under fruit trees or concerning pets, will help close the deal on marauding rats.

Using Physical and Chemical Means to Get Rid of Rats in the Home
As rats have poor vision, they rely mostly on their other four senses - taste, smell, touch and hearing. They move through darkness by using their long whiskers and guard hairs on their bodies to guide them.

Long term rat eradication efforts must employ a variety of tactics from removing debris and food sources to "rat-proofing" the home to trapping or baiting with rodenticides.

All Mice are not House Mice - Identify, Detect and Control House Mice
House Mice seem to be an endlessly adaptable pest, living in a range of environs from the blazing tropics to the frozen Actic tundra. Although more than 300 separate varieties of House Mice are known, there are some common distinguishing characteristics that all House Mice share.

Argentine Ants: Pesky Indoor Pests
Ants are the most abundant of all social insects, with an estimated 1 Quadrillion (15 Zeroes) of them on earth at any one given time. They live in colonies with 3 distinct castes: workers, Queens and males, each with specific functions within the colony.

German Cockroaches: Control German Cockroaches with Least-toxic Methods
Cockroaches eat everything that humans do, some things that humans will not touch. They live in moist, warm and dark environments, so good sanitation is always the first method of cockroach control.

Manage Carpenter Ants with Least-toxic Methods
Look for two distinct characteristics when you look at the Carpenter Ant in profile. First, carpenter ants have a smooth, rounded back with no humps and secondly, carpenter ants have a tiny pyramid or pedicel at their waist. You may be wondering how to catch such a quick insect and get it hold still while you examine it. Flick the ant into a small plastic or glass container with a lid and place it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Controlling Common Houseplant Pests
There is a good chance that your houseplants will encounter one or all of these 6 common pests so least-toxic pest control measures are included.

Keep Firewood Pests Outdoors
Management of the firewood itself is the best way to control pests either living in the wood when the tree was cut or those that have moved into the wood since it has been stored.

Prepare for Tent Fumigation of a Home
Every year, thousands of homes, schools and commercial structures are tent-fumigated to control dry wood termite infestations. Perparations must be taken prior by the homeowner, landlord and tenants to protect personal property, foodstuffs, pets and landscaping in addition to ensuring the effectiveness of this expensive periodic treatment.

Mulching as Part of an Integrated Pest Management Program
Mulches may attract pests depending on the specific pest infestation, the specific type of mulch used and the specific location(s) where the mulch is applied.

Counterfeit Pest Control Products for Pets Are Recalled by the EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a stop sale and removal order for certain pet pesticide products due to widespread counterfeiting.

Controlling Flies in Your Home and Home Garden
Perhaps the world’s most widely distributed insect and certainly one of the most annoying, house flies can be controlled by best practices of sanitation, thorough physical exclusion and by a diligent practice of least toxic, chemical and non-chemical measures.

Pesticide Management Education Program Yields Dividends
The Pesticide Management Program encourages safe use of pesticides by the applicator, thereby protecting the consumer and promoting responsible environmental stewardship.

Least Toxic Natural Pesticides Are Derived from Plants
Scientists explore plant derived compounds which function as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, nematicides and rodenticides.

Winter Bugs, Rats and Mice
Although pests are less active in the winter, they don't go away completely. In fact, when it is cold outside, pests are more likely to come into your home.

Attract, Trap, and Zap Flying Insects
Insect light traps can very effective in attracting, trapping, and zapping flying insects. But the trap must be correctly placed so that it is not attracting mosquitoes or flies toward people or into a building.

Reading the Pesticide Label
A guide to pesticide labels: What is on them and how to read them.

The Scorpion and its Sting
Where are scorpions found? How dangerous is it? How can it be controlled?

Animals Aid in Pest Control
Natural pest control can include encouraging natural predators to do the dirty work for you. Animals, such as cats and barn owls naturally prey on rodents, dogs can sniff out bugs such as bed bugs and termites, and birds prey on insects.

Controlling Pests With Pests
We may not like sharing our homes with insects, but many can be beneficial - and provide pest control themselves in our gardens and yards.

Outdoor House Fly Control
Eliminate flies outdoors to keep them from coming indoors.

Non-Chemical Control of Plant Pests: Thrips
Thrips can be damaging to plants, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means.

Non-Chemical Control of Plant Pests: Aphids
Aphids can be damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means

Non-Chemical Control of Plant Pests: Spider Mites
Spider mites are damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means.

Controlling the Kudzu Bug
Recently introduced to the U.S., the kudzu bug can be of significant damage to crops and an annoyance in homes. Read about this bug and its control.

What REALLY Works to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Cockroaches shun sugar baits
Sugar-loving German cockroaches now refusing to eat bait with glucose. Why and what can be done.

What Is Pesticide Resistance?

Professional Bed Bug Prevention Tips for Homeowners
Whether you are in or traveling to a top bed bug city-- or any other city, these tips will help to prevent bed bugs in your home.

15 Q&As on Termite Control
What do you really know about termite control? What do you need to know. Find out 15 of the most common questions (and answers) about termite control.

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