Pest Control: Most Popular Articles
Flying ants in the home are rarely a good sign, and this is particularly true if they are seen indoors during the winter. Find out why and what to do.
The wolf spider is considered by some to be among the most dangerous of spiders. How dangerous is it and how can it be controlled?
Here is a simple, step-by-step method for successfully getting rid of those pesky little black ants that take over your kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere you keep sweets. We outline how to use easily available, very affordable ant bait, and the advantages of using a bait vs. just spraying for ants.
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.
Article detailing strategies for pest control for indoor house spiders. This includes non-chemical or pest control ideas that work more effectively than spraying pesticide for spiders.
When you see ants with wings, they are seeking a mate to breed. Find out more about flying ants.
Besides their physical differences, there are a number ways in which mice and rats and different. Understanding the characteristics of each is important to successful rodent control.
At first glance, winged ants and termites may seem to be the same, but a closer look will reveal many differences, Here's how to tell.
A vast array of devices are marketed as attracting, repelling, trapping or killing mosquitoes, but what are they and do they work?
Mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others. Find out why and how you can reduce that attraction ... sometimes.
An overview of the differences between ants and termites, and some tips on how to get rid of ants and termites.
If you've ever seen a winged ant in or around your home, here is information on how to tell if it is a carpenter ant.
All about the common house mouse and why it is a problem.
Eliminate flies outdoors to keep them from coming indoors.
Cluster flies can invade your home in the winter. What they are and what you can do.
Dryer sheets have been said to keep flying insect pests away. Do they work? Find out
How do you get rid of fruit flies? What works and what doesn't? Real-world experience provides the answer.
How do you get rid of fruit flies? What works and what doesn't? Real-world experience provides the answer.
Control spiders in your home with this How To Get Rid of Spiders.
A few of the most commonly asked questions -- and answers -- about rats.
You had a previous problem with mice or rats. But are they gone now? How do you tell?
A guide to getting rid of the ants that trail into your home and kitchen using ant baits.
The tarantula hawk is not really a hawk, it is a wasp that preys on and paralyzes tarantulas to feed them to their young.
Carpenter ants are common across the U.S. But there are ways to control them yourself. Read how.
Thrips are tiny insects, seen as slightly animated lines that run with veins on the underside of plant leaves. Plant damage caused by the thrip's scraping of the leaves and their fecal spots are usually more visible to the naked eye, than the insect.Thrips are often seen in the same areas as aphids and whiteflies so are often killed with their fellow pest insects when insecticides are used. So, because of that, thrips indoors may often go completely unnoticed.
How do I know if I have mice? And other frequently asked questions.
Because mice produce large litters in a short period of time, an infestation can equal big trouble for any home, school or business owner. Rodent experts say that the infestation of mice will continue to grow as long as competing species, shelter and food will allow. Fortunately for humans, most mice in the wild do not survive three months due to heavy predation.
Rabbits eating your trees, plants, or vegetables? Keep them out with these tips.
Description and image of a pavement ant
Fleas, although a very small insect can bedevil rodents, skunks, cats, dogs and humans and are a carrier of the Bubonic Plague. In addition, flea saliva causes dermatitis on Fido and Fluffy's coats while their feces can harbor tapeworms which are passed onto pets. So, pest control of fleas in the yard, home and on pets is very important and easily accomplished by frequent vacuuming, clearing the yard of litter and debris and by establishing a regular bathing and grooming schedule for pets.
Get rid of Pavement Ants - in 4 steps
Termites move faster at warmer temperatures, which means that termite damage can escalate faster as summer arrives and temperatures rise. Research was
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
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 to 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.
Learn how to identify cockroaches or “German roaches”, how to keep German cockroaches out of your house, and how to get rid of them from this primer.
12 questions and answers about boxelder bugs and their control
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.
Questions and Answers about flying ants in your home, including carpenter ants and termites, and what to do.
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.
Bed bugs are a serious pest problem and generally require the services of a pest control operator for control. Read about what you need to do to prepare for this service
Our survey told us that the second most bothersome pest to homeowners is the fly. Find out why flies are such a problem and what you can do for control
What do you do if mice or rats get into your home? This article discusses the most common traps and baits that can help make your home pest-free.
Seven tips for rodent-proofing your home without chemicals or poisons. Keeping your home free from rats and mice can greatly reduce the transmission of diseases such as the Hantavirus and Lyme disease.
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What are the rules for pests in food service facilities? Who regulates them? And what do you do if you do see a cockroach, rat, mouse or other pest while you are eating out?
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.
Wasps and Yellow Jackets can be as beneficial as well as pesky pests. So if they are just hanging around and not bothering anyone, let them be. They can help pollinate and rid the garden of other pests. If however, they have located their nest too close for human comfort, leave the toxic chemicals on the market's shelf and follow the non-toxic tip you will read here.
Boxelder Bugs are primarily a nuisance pest because they do not bite, sting or cause damage. But large numerous can be very intrusive and annoying, and can stain surfaces in the home.
Black flies bite - and it hurts. But you can prevent it. Find out more about black flies, prevention and control.
Field ants are one of the most common outdoor ants. Generally harmless, and even beneficial, high populations can need to be controlled.
Rats and Mice like warmth and shelter as much as people do - and rodents are quite happy to make your home their own!
This article provides 10 important resources that provide information on carpenter ants and termites -- from why they fly to how to get rid of them.
Odorous house ants are very common pest of homes across the U.S. But don't crush them! Find out why and how to get rid of this and other small ants.
There are many mosquito repellents on the market. What works? What doesn't? How do you protect yourself from those itching bites - and possible disease.
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)
Rats and mice are year round pests. They can be incredibly frustrating to understand and control. But they can be both understood and controlled. These articles on rats and mice can help you in your efforts.
The fruit fly (often called a gnat) is one of the most common, and one of the smallest flies found in the home. Find out what attracts it and how to control it.
Steps to take to help prevent bed bugs from coming into your home - and what to do if they already have.
Squash are one of the most popular of vegetables. To fully enjoy the rich taste of squash regardless of the season, pick the summer varieties while the rind and seeds are still immature but leave their cooler weather cousins on the vines until they fully mature. Squash prefer well drained soil packed with organic matter. Mulch can be used to prevent water evaporation and to minimize disease. Not growing squash in the same garden area every year is helpful in squashing pests.
What are centipedes and millipedes? How do I tell the difference? What do I do if they are in my home?
Although considered to be good luck in a number of cultures, chirping, hide-and-seek-playing crickets can be of great annoyance in the home.
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.
Having a problem with ants in your home? This article explains how to prevent, exclude, and control them!
A single mouse in your home can mean lots more are in hiding. If you choose to use the services of a pest control company, there are some things you will need to do to prepare.
People often don't realize that they – or their pets – have been bitten unless the tick is seen after it has gorged itself and is swelled up to the size of a grape attached to the body or lying on the ground. So how do you know and what should you do?
This natural product extracted from orange peels is being marketed as a herbicide and insecticide, with particular effectiveness against drywood termites.
Rodents can carry and spread numerous diseases and viruses. Find out what these and and how to control mice and rats.
Most ladybugs are beneficial and good for the environment, but the Asian Lady Beetle can be a nuisance and cause harm.
Prepare for cockroach control service by following these 12 steps.
A hot, dry summer can increase problems with certain insects and bugs. Read more about these -- and what to do.
Did you know ... spiders make the silk of their webs inside their bodies then spin it to capture insects and other prey for food. Read about this and more fun facts about spiders and their webs
Ticks are active throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and their bite. They are an annoyance, but worse, their bite can cause disease. Read more about ticks and protecting against their bite.
Pest Identification: The Pavement Ant
Rats can be a big problem in the home. They can cause damage, contaminate food, and transmit disease, but they can be controlled. Find out how.
Although they are slow to cause harm, carpenter ants can do serious damage to a home if they are not adequately controlled.
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.
Pest Identification: The House Fly
Call them flour bugs, weevils, or long-snout bugs, you don't want them in your food! Learn how to control these bugs in your food.
Cockroaches are one of the most common -- and most disgusting of all insects. Two of the most common are the German cockroach and the American cockroach
How do you know if you've been bitten by a fire ant? What do you do if you are bitten or stung by a fire ant? How do you prevent fire ant bites?
Part 2 of poll response shows readers want information on bed bugs ... and this article provides just that.
Fleas that come in on your pets can cause intense irritation, can transmit disease, and can even hop onto and feed on humans. But they can be controlled. Learn how.
Chigger bites can be intensely itching, and this creature is so small, you probably won't even know one is one you until after you have been bitten.
How to control skunks and prevent them from seeking shelter in and around your home.
Our survey showed that termites and carpenter ants are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about these winged ants, their behaviors and control of termites and carpenter ants.
What is a stink bug and how do I keep it out of my house?
Grasshoppers are very mobile, so the best way to control grasshopper damage is to prevent the growth of populations.
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Call them flour bugs, weevils, or long-snout bugs, you don't want them in your food! Learn about weevils and how to control them.
When it comes to spiders, nature provides its own system of natural control, with a number of predators feeding on these often-feared creatures.
Aphids can be damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means
Get rid of ants step by step. 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.
Safety tips when using indoor pesticides, insecticides, and rodenticides without hiring an exterminator. Regarding indoor pesticides, safety is the combination of how toxic a particular compound is and the amount of exposure non-target organisms to it. You can limit the amount of exposure you have to pesticides and insecticides. It is also important to read all instructions and labels on foggers and other indoor pesticides.
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.
the tiny grease ants commonly invade homes across the U.S. But they can be controlled.
Did you know that termites cause more than a billion dollar in damage every year ... and other facts about this infamous, destructive pest.
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.
Why do some ants have wings? What does it mean if you see them in your home? Find out all about winged, flying ants and termites.
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.
Common and feared spiders of the United States.
Rats in or around the home can cause damage and spread disease. What is the difference between the common rat species and how do you know if they are in your home?
Found in a rainbow of North American plants from avocadoes to beans, onions, citrus trees and market flowers, thrips are tiny insects,(fringed-winged individuals are hard to see without a magnifying glass)and those species that are plant feeders can scar leaf, flower or fruit surfaces with silvery speckling when they puncture and suck out the cell's content.
Raccoons are very common across the U.S. that can become aggressive and spread disease to people and pets. Learn more about raccoons.
The Asian cockroach looks a lot like the German cockroach but has one significant difference: The Asian cockroach can fly! Read more about the recently introduced pest.
Poll response shows readers want information on bed bugs ... and this article provides just that.
Japanese beetles and grubs cause significant damage to plants, but they can be controlled. Find out how.
Do your squash leaves have pale green patches, with older patches that are turning brown while the vines themselves are wilting? If so, Squash Bugs are probably to blame. Step inside to learn how to control them, Squash Vine Borers, and Cucumber Beetles.
Rats may be associated with squalor and poverty but the truth is that they can flourish as well in a penthouse as they can in an outhouse. Some scientists speculate that mice evolved from rats to fit situations that did not require ferocity or large size, but instead offered shelter entered through small holes.
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.
Sometimes it is better to hire a pest control professional than to try to do it yourself. This guide provides 12 things to consider in selecting a technician.
The brown recluse is one of only three truly poisonous spiders that are common to the U.S. Find out more about this spider -- and how to prevent and control it.
Cockroaches are considered to be one of the hardiest groups of animals. And this resilience can make their control a homeowner's nightmare. Learn more about why cockroaches have survived and why we can't simply live together in peace.
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.
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.
Fleas may get onto your pets and into your home from the outdoors or from other animals that have fleas. If you choose to work with a pest control company for service, there are steps you will need to take to prepare.
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.
Tomatoes can be susceptible to a plethora of diseases, their symptoms visible as spottted, yellow, curled or wilted leaves, fruit with rotted ends, spots or covered in white mildew or stems that are stunted, cracked or filled with holes. Following a step-by-step method can lead to easy, early detection before the disease consumes the tomato plant or spreads throughout the garden.
German cockroaches are the most common cockroach in homes and businesses in the U.S. Learn how to control German cockroaches in this informative article.
Where are scorpions found? How dangerous is it? How can it be controlled?
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.
Spider mites are damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means.
Moths that eat wool and other natural fabrics can be very destructive. Learn to identify and get rid of clothes moths.
As cute as it appears to be, the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is in actuality a very deadly creature.
Cockroaches are one of the most common -- and the most disgusting pests. Two common cockroaches are the oriental cockroach and the brownbanded cockroach.
Slugs are a formidable foe in the garden. Able to re-grow their head, they are hermaphroditic, and nocturnal, munching on seedlings, young plants, Hostas and Delphiniums while we sleep. Slug eggs can lay dormant in moist soil for many years and adults can follow slime trails to the same feeding grounds night after night. So, control of slugs is an on-going battle in the garden but one that is very winnable with less toxic methods.
Squirrels can be cute, but they can also cause damage and scare away songbirds. Discover 9 answers to squirrel habits and control.
Top 20 FAQs on everything you wanted to know about Bed Bugs, Bed Bug Bites, Bed Bugs in your home, avoiding Bed Bugs when you travel, and controlling Bed Bugs
Eating bugs may not what you would normally think of as natural pest control, but people in many parts of the world eat grasshoppers, beetles, and even bees. And it's catching on in America.
Most spiders of the U.S. are harmless, but the hobo spider, black widow spider, and brown recluse spider can be dangerous - but their bite can be prevented.
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.
What are those bugs, worms, and moths in your food? Indianmeal moths are a common pantry pest, but you can get rid of them yourself.
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.
Where did bed bugs come from? Why did they disappear, more importantly, why did they reappear? And what is their status today? A brief history of bed bugs in the U.S.
Prevention and control techniques for pantry and stored product pest infestations.
A reader asks what to do about severe problem of winged, flying ants in the house.
The basic on bed bugs: what they look like, how to detect bed bugs in furniture, prevent tips, and how to kill them.
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.
The hobo spider is one of only three truly poisonous spiders that are common to the U.S. Find out more about this spider -- and how to prevent and control it.
Cockroaches may be disgusting! But they can be controlled. Following are some tips for control ...
Carpenter bees can damage the soft woods of homes, but control and prevention of this destructive insect are relatively simple.
Pest control is the control, management, or kill of any of a several types of pest, generally through the use of pesticides. But what is a pest? And what are pesticides?
Ants are one of the most common pests of homes across the U.S. Find out how to control ants and how to keep ants out of your house.
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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.
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.
A common household pest, moth flies are most often seen buzzing around drains - thus their common name: drain fly. Though they can become quite a nuisance, they can be managed.
Although not native to the U.S., the Huntsman spider has been found hiding out in cars, behind sun visors, and in crates of bananas. Learn more about this huge spider.
Deer mice and known to carry and transmit hantavirus to humans. Find out more FAQs about this cute but deadly mouse.
Treatment for lice infestations runs the gamut from shaving the victim's head to spraying insecticides on the victim's scalp to combing out eggs and adult lice with a very fine-toothed comb. Although all of these methods have their drawbacks, combing and shampooing the victim's head is by far the least invasive, safest and the method to be explored in this article.