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Preventing Pest Infestations of Home, Workplace & School

Placing physical barriers to prevent access and pest proliferation, coupled to pro-active pest control protocols like vigilant monitoring, documentation, intervention and follow-up can be a highly effective means of pest exclusion in the home, workplace and school.

Wildlife Control Services, Part 2
Many city and county agencies exist that assist with animal control and wildlife control, but the services vary. Examples are given for a number of states across the U.S.

Prevention Tips for Top Bed Bug Cites
Is your city on a Top 50 or Top 10 list of Bed Bug-infested cities? What can you do to prevent bed bugs?

12 Answers on Boxelder Bug Control
12 questions and answers about boxelder bugs and their control

Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 10: Wildlife
Our survey showed that wildlife, such as rabbits, bats and squirrels, are among the top pests that bother people in and around their homes. Learn about wildlife pests, their behaviors and methods of control.

The Biting Bed Bug
Steps to take to help prevent bed bugs from coming into your home - and what to do if they already have.

Are You In a Bed Bug City?
Two pest control companies rank top bed bug cities. Is your city on the list? ... And if it is, what can you do?

Identifying and Controlling Stink Bugs
What is a stink bug and how do I keep it out of my house?

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.

Controlling Pantry Pests
Prevention and control techniques for pantry and stored product pest infestations.

Placing Rat Traps to Best Get Rid of Rats
Spring operated rat traps are widely available to rid a house, school, or workplace of rats, however proper placement of the rat traps ensures that more rats and mice will be caught. For best results, bait the rat traps with pieces of hot dog, bacon, liver or a trail mix of fruit, raisins, marshmallows or peanut butter rolled in oats. Or bait the rat trap with whatever the mice or rats have been gnawing on in the cupboard or attic, since you are probably going to destroy it anyway.

Build a Lawn where Grass Thrives and Weeds, Pests and Disease are Absent
With a little bit of sweat and informed planning, lawns can be kept disease, weed and pest free without the use of inorganic fertilizers and toxic herbicides and pesticides. Here are a few simple tips to reach that goal.

Choose a General Household Pest Control Company
You may contract a pest control company to manage prevention or infestations of a wide range of pests from ants, roaches and moths to termites, ticks and fleas. Many factors should influence your decision from the company's reputation and licensing status to your satisfaction of their answers to your questions and a complete understanding of every portion of a contract.

Creating and Maintaining Pest-Free Schools
As Dr. Jerome Goddard of University of Mississippi Medical School has said, “Pest Control is a matter of education, personal protection, sanitation and elimination. Just like homes, gardens and workplaces, schools can be made and kept pest-free by using Integrated Pest Management's least toxic methods of pest control.

Employees Require Accommodation for Workplace Pesticide Use
Employees may become deathly ill from the toxic chemicals present in workplace pesticides. If least-toxic treatments are not available, employers can take steps to prevent employee exposures.

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?

Studies Disprove Claims of Electronic Mosquito Repellers
Scientific studies by Ohio State University show that electronic and black light mosquito repellers do not significantly reduce mosquito populations.

Pests of Home, Structures, People and Pets
Created by the University of California as an on-line arm of its Integrated Pest Management program, this very informative site gives either a brief overview or detailed explanation of the identification, control and management of 50+ pests, from the Hobo Spider and Windscorpion to the Pocket Gopher.

10 Tips to Keep Pests Out
Instead of waiting to go on the defense against an insect, rodent or bird that has entered your home, take the offense by implementing 10 steps to keeping pests out.

So You Want a Job in Pest Control?
What does a pest control worker do? How much does it pay? Am I qualified? Find out about the job of a pest control technician and see if it's something you may want to do.

10 Top Tips for Control of Firewood Insects
A wood-burning stove or fireplace can bring a great deal of warmth, comfort and pleasing aesthetics into a home. But the firewood brought in for that fire can also bring with it bugs and other pests.

Screening Out Workplace Pests
Common workplace pests, such as rodents, cockroaches and flies can be barred from entering industrial facilities by screening ventilation ducts and dock doors with mesh.

Chipmunks and their Control
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.

Nature's Beauty Spoiled by Pest Birds
Birds can be a beautiful part of our natural environment, but that beauty can be seriously disrupted by the damaging droppings, overpopulations, and incessant caws and cheeps of three common species designated as pest birds.

Controlling Pest Birds
There are several ways in which homeowners can control pest pigeons, starlings, and house sparrows, with the most effective generally being a combination of methods. Read about What Works and What Doesn't.

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.

Control Squirrels Around Your Home
Squirrels are a natural part of the environment, but they can become pests when they cause damage to residential structures, homes, or plant life. But there are ways to control them.

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

Indoor Control of House Flies
You can whack flies with a fly swatter, but to really control flies in your home, you need to find and eliminate what is attracting them

Bats and Bat Control
Dispelling myths and telling the realities of bats and their control.

Rodents Transmit Hantavirus
Hantavirus is a potentially deadly disease that can be passed from certain mice species to humans. It is important to take precautions against contact and contamination.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Home
It is easier to prevent pests from coming into your home than to get rid of them once they've established themselves and made your home their own. These FAQs tell you how.

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.

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.

How to Get Squirrels Out of the Attic
All about squirrels in the attic: How do squirrels get into the attic? Why are squirrels attracted to attics? And … How do you get rid of squirrels?

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