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Damage From Pests in the Home, Garden and Farm

Pests damage trees, lumber, paper, food and agricultural products in addition to biting humans, livestock and pets, sometimes spreading disease. This category explores the economic, esthetic, medical and nuisance damages caused by pest infestation and suggests ways to reduce or eliminate further damage.

Wildlife and Do-It-Yourself Control
Wildlife can be beautiful, but can cause damage and spread disease when on our property or in our homes. Find out what you can do.

The Skunk and The Dog. A True Tale of De-Skunking. Part 3
The story continues ... If you have ever had a run-in with a skunk, you will want to read this hilarious account of how one woman dealt with The Skunk and The Dog. Article includes links to parts 1 and 2.

The Skunk and The Dog. A True Tale of De-Skunking. Part 4
The final part ... If you have ever had a run-in with a skunk, you will want to read this hilarious article on how one woman dealt with The Skunk and The Dog. Article includes links to parts 1 to 3.

Get Rid of Chipmunks
Chipmunks can be a nuisance and cause damage to your plants and the foundation of your home. Learn more about this wildlife creature -- and how to control and get rid of chipmunks. (Part 2)

All About Skunks
What skunks look like, what skunks do, and why skunks spray noxious odors. And what you can and can't do about them in your state.

The Skunk and the Dog
If you have ever had a run-in with a skunk, you will want to read this hilarious article on how one woman dealt with The Skunk and The Dog

Pesticides in Food
Pesticides were used on most foods you eat. Is it safe? Who regulates them? And what about organic? Read more to find out more about pesticides in food.

Get rid of skunk odor: Myths and Facts
How do you get rid of skunk odor? Does tomato juice really work? Is there anything better? Find out what is myth and what is fact from the experts.

Using Orange Oil to Treat Drywood Termites
In the 1930s, California researchers began injecting arsenic into active infestations of drywood termites, finding that the termites not killed by the initial application, usually succumbed to toxic residues. Now 80 years later, a natural product, orange oil is being marketed as a herbicide and insecticide, with particular kudos to its effectiveness against drywood termites. So, what is this wonder product and how does it kill termites?

Wildlife Safety Tips: Raccoons
Raccoons are not just nuisance wildlife, they can also cause a great deal of damage to homes and harm people. Protect yourself and your family with these tips.

9 Answers to Squirrel Control
Squirrels can be cute, but they can also cause damage and scare away songbirds. Discover 9 answers to squirrel habits and control.

All About Raccoons
Raccoons are very common across the U.S. that can become aggressive and spread disease to people and pets. Learn more about raccoons.

Rabbits as Pests: Identification, Prevention and Least-Toxic Control
With noses that twitch and tails gone fuzzy, rabbits can be adorable as pets or as one of the gathering at backyard feeders. However, they can wreak havoc on landscaping and gardens, feasting on a range of plants from young trees and broccoli to tree nuts, berries and herbs. Step inside in read more about rabbits as pests, their identification, prevention and control.

Prevent Dampwood Termites
Dampwood termites can generally be kept from infesting wooden structures if wood dampening or rot is eliminated by drying up leaks, removing clutter and eliminating termite freeways into the home.

IPM Checklists Aid in Controlling Pests by Controlling the Plan
Integrated Pest Management(IPM), principles may be applied to a variety of crops and plants in a home or commercial setting from flowers and shrubs to vegetables and fruit. The goals of IPM are to reduce the damage caused by a range of pests from insects, weeds, and nematodes to birds, deer and fungi while limiting costs, protecting the environment and maintaining health for humans, pets and non-pests.

Don't Fence Me In - Grasshoppers Take a Flying Leap
Adult grasshoppers will eat almost any kind of vegetation in the home garden, using chewing mouthparts to munch on the leaves and flowers of young carrots, beans, corn, lettuce and onions. Unless their populations are very high, grasshoppers will usually be held in check by their natural predators; various beetles and their larvae, flies, birds, nematodes and fungus. Step inside to read more on managing and controlling these high-jumpers of the insect world.

Seal-up, Clean-up and Eliminate Rodents to Prevent Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease
Rat Lung Disease was a term used until 1993 to categorize the deaths due to acute respiratory failure in young, healthy, fit persons. Deeper examination led to isolation of the cause as a Hantavirus carried by rodents and transmitted to humans by contact with rodent feces or even dust that had been in the presence of such droppings. The primary symptom is severe shortness of breath and patients are usually intubated and treated with oxygen therapy. There are no cures or vaccines for HPS.

Read a Pesticide Label - A Three Minute Primer
Every pesticide sold in the U.S. is required by the Environmental Protection Agency to be labeled with the active ingredient and its percentage in total composition, the names and percentages of other or inert ingredients and any needed signal words to advise purchasers and applicators of the chemical's short term toxicity to humans.

Pine Oil Derivative More Effective Than DEET
USDA researchers have applied for a patent for commercial production of a pine oil compound that they say is more effective than DEET at repelling wild mosquitoes and dog ticks.

Squirrels in Your House and How to Get Them Out
Has a squirrel ever gotten in your home? Want to know what to do if one does? This article provides humane ways to get squirrels out of the house, attic, or chimney.

Identification, Control and Prevention of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are important decomposers of forest trees, not feeding on the wood but burrowing within it to nest and feed on insects, plants and fruit juices. However, the ants can move to the structures of our homes, where they invade the kitchen, pantry and interior rooms looking for water and human or pet food.

Black Squirrels are Gray Squirrels
Did you know that squirrels can be as short as 5 inches or as long as 36 inches, and some fly? Find out more about squirrels.

How to Remove Skunk Odors From Your Pet
Odors can be removed from a skunk-sprayed pet by using the methods and recipes revealed here.

Keep Squirrels From Stealing Bird Seed from your Feeder
Squirrels often steal food from bird feeders. Here are 10 Tips on keeping them out of yours.

Ugly Bugs in Your Home?
Although the squash bug is primarily a garden pest, it can become a nuisance when it moves into the home seeking warmth and shelter as the weather turns cold.

Take Control of Thrips
Thrips are a common plant pest that are sometimes described as worms with legs or fringe-winged insects. But you can control them.

Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden
Rabbits eating your trees, plants, or vegetables? Keep them out with these tips.

Control Grasshopper Garden Damage
Grasshoppers are very mobile, so the best way to control grasshopper damage is to prevent the growth of populations.

Control Japanese Beetles
In many parts of the U.S., Japanese beetles and grubs are among the most common and most damaging yard and garden pests. Find out more about these beetles and their control.

Control Lawn Grubs
In many parts of the U.S. grubs are among the most common and most damaging yard and garden pests. Find out more about these lawn-damaging pests and their control.

Heat and Drought Increases Bug Problems
A hot, dry summer can increase problems with certain insects and bugs. Read more about these -- and what to do.

Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 9: Plant Pests
Our survey showed that plant pests, such as mites, thrips, and aphids are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about these and other plant pests, their behaviors and control.

Insect Pests in the Home, Lawn and Garden
This site contains a small encyclopedia of information about insect pests in the home, on house plants, in the lawn, flower and vegetable gardens.

Do You Need Winter Pest Control?
Pests don't go away in winter. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoon, and bats may all infest your home.

A Six-Step Strategy for Slug Control
Slimy slugs can cause damage to gardens and yards. Find out how to get rid of these slippery creatures.

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