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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
An overview of the differences between ants and termites, and some tips on how to get rid of ants and termites.
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.
All about the common house mouse and why it is a problem.
A few of the most commonly asked questions -- and answers -- about rats.
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.
A guide to getting rid of the ants that trail into your home and kitchen using ant baits.
Cluster flies can invade your home in the winter. What they are and what you can do.
When you see ants with wings, they are seeking a mate to breed. Find out more about flying ants.
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.
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How do I know if I have mice? And other frequently asked questions.
You had a previous problem with mice or rats. But are they gone now? How do you tell?
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.
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.
A vast array of devices are marketed as attracting, repelling, trapping or killing mosquitoes, but what are they and do they work?
Control spiders in your home with this How To Get Rid of Spiders.
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.
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.
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.
What is a stink bug and how do I keep it out of my house?
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?
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.
Although they are slow to cause harm, carpenter ants can do serious damage to a home if they are not adequately controlled.
A primer on cockroaches (or “German roaches”) -- what they look like, where to find roaches, how to kill cockroaches, and roach prevention tips.
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.
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.
Carpenter ants are common across the U.S. But there are ways to control them yourself. Read how.
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.
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.
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.
12 questions and answers about boxelder bugs and their control
Rabbits eating your trees, plants, or vegetables? Keep them out with these tips.
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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.
Two pest control companies rank top bed bug cities. Is your city on the list? ... And if it is, what can you do?
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?
Eliminate flies outdoors to keep them from coming indoors.
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.
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.
Mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others. Find out why and how you can reduce that attraction ... sometimes.
Although nearly 4,000 species of termites exist, with 400 of these classified as Pests, the primary termite species affecting humans are Subterranean and Drywood. The primary difference between the two types of termite is that the Drywood species can live with only the moisture inherent or trapped in wood, while Subterranean termites require added moisture from the soil or from water leaks.
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.
Questions and Answers about flying ants in your home, including carpenter ants and termites, and what to do.
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.
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.
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.
The tarantula hawk is not really a hawk, it is a wasp that preys on and paralyzes tarantulas to feed them to their young.
Rats and Mice like warmth and shelter as much as people do - and rodents are quite happy to make your home their own!
Steps to take to help prevent bed bugs from coming into your home - and what to do if they already have.
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.
Dryer sheets have been said to keep flying insect pests away. Do they work? Find 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
When it comes to spiders, nature provides its own system of natural control, with a number of predators feeding on these often-feared creatures.
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.
How do you tell the difference between termites and ants? Are winged, flying ants a problem? What should I do if I see one? This article answers these frequently asked questions and more.
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?
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?
Did you know that termites cause more than a billion dollar in damage every year ... and other facts about this infamous, destructive pest.
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.
This article explains how to take control and get rid of spiders in 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.
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?
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.
Pest Identification: The Pavement Ant
As cute as it appears to be, the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is in actuality a very deadly creature.
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 cockroach control service by following these 12 steps.
Having a problem with ants in your home? This article explains how to prevent, exclude, and control them!
Squirrels often steal food from bird feeders. Here are 10 Tips on keeping them out of yours.
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
Using EPA recommendations to prevent and control bed bugs.
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.
Moths that eat wool and other natural fabrics can be very destructive. Learn to identify and get rid of clothes moths.
What are centipedes and millipedes? How do I tell the difference? What do I do if they are in my home?
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.
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.
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.
Once termites invade your home, it almost always requires professional treatment. However, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce the chance of termite infestation.
Clothes moths can cause serious damage to wool and other fabrics. Learn how to get rid of clothes moths and prevent infestations.
Pest Identification: The House Fly
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.
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.
Common Name: Bed bug, or bedbug What Bed Bugs Look Like: Bed bugs (or "bedbugs") are flat, slightly oval,
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.
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.
Seven Bed Bug Videos covering everything from checking your hotel room and avoiding bringing them home to detection and control in your own home, as well as some natural tricks to stop the itch if you are bitten.
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.
Prevention and control techniques for pantry and stored product pest infestations.
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
Squirrels can be cute, but they can also cause damage and scare away songbirds. Discover 9 answers to squirrel habits and control.
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.
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.
Most ladybugs are beneficial and good for the environment, but the Asian Lady Beetle can be a nuisance and cause harm.
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.
As tiny as they are, bed bugsare one of the most troublesome and difficult-to-control pests. But they can be controlled.
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.
A new report shows that pests are continuing to increase thus increasing the need for pest control. Find out why and what to do.
Our survey showed that bed bugs are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about these biting pests, bed bug behaviors and bed bug control.
Termites have six well defined legs, straight antennae and thick waists. Subterranean species feed on wood, eating between the grain and filling the void with dirt. They require moisture and their nest must contact the soil. Conversely, drywood termite species live above the ground, cut across the grain of wood and do not fill the void with dirt.
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.
How do you get rid of fruit flies? What works and what doesn't? Real-world experience provides the answer.
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.
Field ants are one of the most common outdoor ants. Generally harmless, and even beneficial, high populations can need to be controlled.
What works to get rid of cockroaches? Follow the 5 Steps to Control and learn about some chemical options.
Deer mice and known to carry and transmit hantavirus to humans. Find out more FAQs about this cute but deadly mouse.
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.
Ant bait is the preferred method of ant control for many pest control technicians. Find out why and what should you do to prepare for service.
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.
Rodents can carry and spread numerous diseases and viruses. Find out what these and and how to control mice and rats.
The black widow 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.
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What are stink bugs? Why are they called that? What damage do they cause? Find out all about stink bugs in this Stink Bug FAQ.
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.
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.
Aphids can be damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means
How do you get rid of fruit flies? What works and what doesn't? Real-world experience provides the answer.
Fire ants are common problems of the southern U.S. This article discusses ways that homeowners can control fire ants around their homes and property.
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.
Cockroaches are one of the most common -- and the most disgusting pests. Two common cockroaches are the oriental cockroach and the brownbanded cockroach.
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.
Thrips are a common plant pest that are sometimes described as worms with legs or fringe-winged insects. But you can control them.
Our survey showed that the number 3 pest of homes are ants. Learn why ants are a problem and what you can do to control them.
Had you ever set a mousetrap and had the bait disappear without the trap going off? It could be a rat, a cricket, or even a slug stealing your bait!
The three most important urban rodents - Norway rats, roof rats and house mice are highlighted and treatment options are discussed that if followed by every homeonwer will help make their communities rat-free.
Spider mites are damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means.
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.
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.
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.
If you find very tiny ants trailing across your floor, it's likely to be the common grease ant, also called a thief ant because it steals food from other ants.
Poll response shows readers want information on bed bugs ... and this article provides just that.
Carpenter ants favor nest locations made of, or near wood, such as frame houses, woodpiles, attics and hollow trees. These ants can be physically barred from a home by sealing all cracks in walls, joists and slabs, in addition to removing adjacent shrubbery and overhanging trees. Fireplace woodpiles should be located away from the home, any water leaks and rotted wood, especially in ceilings or attics, repaired and dried up. Diatomaceous earth and silica gel can be applied where ants are noted. Page 3.
If you have weevils in your home, they may not get into your food, but they are still a nuisance. Find out what these are and how to control them.
Our survey showed that spiders are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about spiders, spider behaviors and spider control.
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.
Ants are social insects that form colonies and nests, either indoors or out. At certain times of the year, male and female winged ants leave the nest to mate and form new colonies. Winged ants are often confused with winged termites but there are at least three distinguishing features between the two. Learn more here.
Occasional invader pests, such as beetles, crickets, thrips, pillbugs, millipeds and centipedes are those that enter homes periodically, but do not breed or survive well in a clean home environment. Following are some common occasional invaders and their control.
Mosquito bites can be itchy, annoying, and even the cause of disease. But the USDA and military are finding new ways to repel them.
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
Cockroaches may be disgusting! But they can be controlled. Following are some tips for control ...
Common and feared spiders of the United States.
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