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The Differences Between Good and Bad Ladybugs
Most ladybugs are beneficial and good for the environment, but the Asian Lady Beetle can be a nuisance and cause harm.
What's the Difference Between Rats and Mice?
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.
Indoor Flying Ants Are Not a Good Sign -...
Flying ants in the home are rarely a good sign, and this is especially true if they are seen indoors during the winter. Find out why and what to do.
How Dangerous is the Wolf Spider?
The wolf spider is considered by some to be among the most dangerous of spiders. How dangerous is it and its bit -- and how can it be controlled?
How to Identify a Mouse Infestation in Your Home
All about the common house mouse and why it is a problem.
2 Best Ways to Get Rid of Rats
Rats can be a big problem in the home. What are the best ways to effectively get rid of rats from the home?
How Can I Catch a Mouse in my House?
How do I know if I have mice? And other frequently asked questions.
Questions and Answers About Rats
A few of the most commonly asked questions -- and answers -- about rats.
Pest Control: The Pros and Cons of Using Liquid...
A simple, step-by-step method to get rid of little black ant problems in your home with easily available, very affordable ant bait.
How to Get Rid of Mice in a Home, Business, or...
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.
Use snap traps, live traps, glueboards, or bait...
What do you do if mice or rats get into your house? Get rid of the rodent with snap traps, live traps, glueboards, and/or rodent baits.
How to Tell If You Still Have Mice or Rats
You had a previous problem with mice or rats. But are they gone now? How do you tell?
How to Get Rid of Cluster Flies
Cluster flies can invade your home in the winter. What they are and what you can do.
What REALLY Works to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
How do you get rid of fruit flies? What works and what doesn't? Real-world experience provides the answer.
How to Identify 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.
14 Tips to Prevent and Eliminate Fruit Flies
Fresh fruits attract fruit flies, but they are not a reason to avoid fruit. Have fruits without fruit flies with these quick tips.
How to Rid Your Home of Rats
Rats have poor vision, so they have to rely on their other senses to get around. So how do you get rid of rats using these key senses?
Getting Rid of the Fruit Flies that Fly In Your...
How do you get rid of fruit flies? What works and what doesn't? Real-world experience provides the answer.
Identification, Prevention and Extermination of...
The basic on bed bugs: what they look like, how to detect bed bugs in furniture, prevent tips, and how to kill them.
The Difference Between Ants and Termites
An overview of the differences between ants and termites, and some tips on how to get rid of ants and termites.
Get Squirrels Out of Your House
Has a squirrel ever gotten in your home? What should you do if one does? There are humane ways to get squirrels out of the house, attic, or chimney.
Using Orange Oil to Treat Drywood Termites
This natural product extracted from orange peels is being marketed as a herbicide and insecticide, with particular effectiveness against drywood termites.
How Can I Get Rid of Spiders in My House?
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.
12 Steps to Prepare for Cockroach Control Service
Prepare for cockroach control service by following these 12 steps.
What really works to get rid of skunk odor!
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.
Why Do Some Ants Have Wings?
When you see ants with wings, they are seeking a mate to breed. Find out more about flying ants.
20 Questions about Bed Bugs
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
How to Prevent and Control a Bed Bug Infestation
Using EPA recommendations to prevent and control bed bugs.
What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do When You...
As tiny as they are, bed bugsare one of the most troublesome and difficult-to-control pests. But they can be controlled.
7 Tips and Tricks for a Rodent-Proof 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.
8 Steps to Prepare for Rodent Control Service
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.
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?
12 Steps to Prepare for Bed Bug Service
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
How to Get Rid of Ants - and Keep Them Out!
Follow this step-by-step guide to get rid of ants -- and keep them out! You can even use the ants themselves to eliminate their colony.
A Natural Way to Get Rid of Head Lice
There are many ways to treat lice infestations, but the combing/shampooing method is the least invasive and safest. Here's how to do it.
Tips for Ridding Your Home of Those Pesky...
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.
I've Been Bitten By a Fire Ant! What do I do?
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?
Find out what really works to get rid of...
A vast array of devices are marketed as attracting, repelling, trapping or killing mosquitoes, but what are they and do they work?
Get Sting Bugs Out of Your House!
What is a stink bug and how do I keep it out of my house?
The Problem With Rats
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?
How to Tell the Difference Between Rats and Mice
Rats and mice may seem to be very much alike, but as pictures show, they are actually very different in both physical attributes and behavior. Because of this the methods needed for pest control are different for the different rodents.
22 Tips for Controlling Indoor 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
Eliminate Bed Bugs Step-by-Step
Step-by-step bed bug guides to inspect, identify, prevent, and control bedbugs from New York State IPM Program at Cornell University.
What is that ant? Find out here with pictures,...
Pictures and descriptions of the most common ants and how to control them.
Top 10 Tips to Keep Bugs, Insects and Mice Out...
Pests like mice, ants, flies, and other insects and bugs can get into your home through tiny cracks and gaps. Here are 10 tips to keep them out.
Is there a mouse in your house?
Rats and mice both like warmth and shelter as much as people do - and these rodents are very happy to find that warmth and shelter in your home!
The Carpenter Ant
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Bed Bugs
Steps to take to help prevent bed bugs from coming into your home - and what to do if they already have.
20 Questions about Bed Bugs, Part 2
Use these FAQs about bed bugs and travel to learn how to identify these pesky insects and avoid taking them home with you after a hotel stay.
Get Rid of Fleas with These Non-toxic Methods
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.
Three Steps to Flea Control
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.
Rodent Proof Your Home in 2 Steps
You can keep mice from making your home their home -- in two simple steps.
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.
Identification, Prevention and Pest Control of...
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.
A friend has bed bugs! What do you do?
Part 2 of poll response shows readers want information on bed bugs ... and this article provides just that.
Do you have a Rat or Mouse Problem?
Is there a mouse in your house? A rat that your cat can't catch? How do you know and what do you do?
Got a Carpenter Ant Infestation? Here's What to...
Carpenter ants are common across the U.S. But there are ways to control them yourself. Read how.
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.
Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home
Control spiders in your home with this How To Get Rid of Spiders.
All About Rats and Mice
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.
Bit by a Tick? How to Know - and What to Do
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?
The Most Common Cockroach Pests
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
Termite Facts
Did you know that termites cause more than a billion dollar in damage every year ... and other facts about this infamous, destructive pest.
Understand the Signs of Termite Infestation and...
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.
Something Is Stealing My Mouse Bait!
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!
How to Control Crickets in the Home
Crickets are thought to be good luck in some cultures, but constantly chirping, hide-and-seek-playing crickets can be a great annoyance in the home.
Got Fleas? What To Do Before the Pest Control...
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.
12 Things to Know about Boxelder Bugs
How do I get boxelder bugs out of my house? And 11 more questions and answers about boxelder bugs and their control.
Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Certain People?
Mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others. Find out why and how you can reduce that attraction ... sometimes.
Expert Recommendations for Termite Prevention
Once termites invade your home, you will probably need professional treatment. But you can prevent termites and reduce the chance of termite infestation.
Get Rid of the Ants In your Home Step by Step
Follow the pictures and descriptions to get rid of ants in your home - step by step
Do Dryer Sheets Repel Pests?
Dryer sheets have been said to keep flying insect pests away. Do they work? Find out
4 Infuriating Winter Pests
Winter pests can be more infuriating than summer pests because we're closed in the house with them and don't know how they get in. Find out about winter stink bugs, rodents, firewood pests, and wildlife.
9 Tips for Squirrel Control
Squirrels can be cute, but they can also cause damage and scare away songbirds. Discover 9 answers to squirrel habits and control.
How To Prepare for Tent Fumigation of Your 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.
Safety When Using Indoor Pesticides
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.
How you can get rid of ants, mice, flies and...
Get rid of ants step by step. Pest Control.
Mice, Rats and Cockroaches in Restaurants
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?
How To Keeping Firewood Pests Out of Stored...
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.
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?
Outdoor House Fly Control
Eliminate flies outdoors to keep them from coming indoors.
Simple Answers to Common Fly Questions
Why do people say house flies are filthy? Why can't I swat that fly? And other answers to common fly questions.
All About Winged, Flying Ants
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.
Professional Bed Bug Prevention Tips for...
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.
Natural Spider Control: 9 Notable Spider...
When it comes to spiders, nature provides its own system of natural control, with a number of predators feeding on these often-feared creatures.
5 Steps to Cockroach Control
What works to get rid of cockroaches? Follow the 5 Steps to Control and learn about some chemical options.
What Bugs Bug You in Winter?
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.
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)
Keep Out the Top 5 Fall Pests
In the fall, pests enter homes to find shelter from the cold. To help keep your home pest-free this winter, take steps to control the top five pests ...
8 Questions and Answers about Deer Mice
Deer mice and known to carry and transmit hantavirus to humans. Find out more FAQs about this cute but deadly mouse.
Everything You Want to Know about Ticks
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.
The Tarantula Hawk Wasp
The tarantula hawk is not really a hawk, it is a wasp that preys on and paralyzes tarantulas to feed them to their young.
Simple ways to rid of ants in the house
Having a problem with ants in your home? This article explains how to prevent, exclude, and control them!
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.
Get Rid of Stinky Odorous House Ants
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.
The Cute but Deadly Deer Mouse
As cute as it appears to be, the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is in actuality a very deadly creature.
Controlling Cockroaches
Cockroaches may be disgusting! But they can be controlled. Following are some tips for control ...
How to Control Millipedes and Centipedes in...
How to get rid or millipedes or centipedes in your home -- and how to tell the difference between them.
What You Would Do If a Friend's Home Had Bed Bugs
Poll response shows readers want information on bed bugs ... and this article provides just that.
Tiny, Red-Eyed Flies Flitting Around Your Fruit?
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.
Who's Afraid of the Brown Recluse
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.
Myths and Facts about Termites
Why are termites a threat? Can termites really demolish my home in 2 weeks? How do I prevent termites. My friend said ... is that fact or myth?
How to Keep Pests Out of Your Pantry
Prevention and control techniques for pantry and stored product pest infestations.
Managing Carpenter Ants Without Pesticides
Although they are slow to cause harm, carpenter ants can do serious damage to a home if they are not adequately controlled.
Simple, Effective Pantry Pest Control:...
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.
Removing Wasp and Yellow Jacket Nests
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: A Docile, Not Deadly, Spider
Tarantulas can be as large as 12 inches in size, but tarantulas are not deadly. Read more about tarantulas.
It's Fall - The Stink Bugs are Back!
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.
What Are These Moths Making Holes in my Clothes?
Moths that eat wool and natural fabrics can be very destructive. Learn to identify and control webbing clothes moths and casemaking clothes moths.
Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 1: Rats...
Our survey showed that the number one pest of homes are rodents. Learn why rats and mice are a problem and what you can do to control them.
How to Hire a Pest Control Technician
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.
10 Challenges of Cockroach Control
Cockroaches are a disgusting but complex pest, which makes them difficult to control. Find out why.
How to Prevent and Control Pillbugs and Sowbugs
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Get Flying Ants Under Control with These 10 Tips
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.
10 Steps to Keep Weevils Out of Food
Call them flour bugs, weevils, or long-snout bugs, you don't want them in your food! Learn how to keep pantry pests out of your food.
Having Termite Service? Here's How to Prepare
Termite control is best conducted by professionals, but there are things the homeowner should know and can do to prepare for service.
Why do some ants have wings?
Questions and Answers about flying ants in your home, including carpenter ants and termites, and what to do.
How to Identify and Control Thrips Indoors, in...
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.
Control Spider Mites and Their Webs with...
Spider mites feed on plants and spin webs causing great damage, but they can be eliminated with non-chemical control.
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.
10 Guides to Bed Bug Prevention and Control
How do you keep bed bugs out of your home? What do you do if you find out you have bed bugs? This article includes 10 guides to preventing and controlling the biting bed bug.
How to Prepare for Pest Control Service
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What Damage Do Rats and Mice Cause?
A mouse or rat that gets into your home can spread disease, and cause a lot of damage, and contaminate food - it is estimated that a mouse contaminates 10 times as much food as it eats!
10 Tips to Keep Fall and Winter Pests Out of...
10 tips to help control stink bugs, lady beetles, boxelder bugs, mice, and other pests that enter homes in the fall for shelter through the winter.
Keep Mosquitoes Away
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.
What Is a Weevil and How Did that Bug Get in My...
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.
Getting Rid of Rats in the Community is the...
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.
All About Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are not only a great annoyance and irritant during outdoor activities in the spring and summer, they can be vectors of serious disease. Read all about mosquitoes.
Japanese Beetles and Grubs
Japanese beetles and grubs cause extensive damage to plants both below and above ground.
What is this bug?
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11 Questions and Answers on Pesticides and...
Some common questions and answers about pesticides, their hazards, and their use.
Are Bed Bugs on Your Christmas List?
Don't let guests who have bed bugs in their home bring them into yours
Get Rid of Tiny Ants in Your Home: the Thief...
Tiny ants trailing across your kitchen floor are likely to be common grease ants, also called a thief ants because they steal food from other ants.
Identification, Prevention, and Control of the...
German cockroaches are the most common cockroach in homes and businesses in the U.S. Learn how to identify and control the German cockroach.
7 Bed Bug Videos
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.
Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden
Rabbits eating your trees, plants, or vegetables? Keep them out with these tips.
Hobo Spiders
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.
Rats and Mice Can Make You Sick
Rodents can carry and spread numerous diseases and viruses. Find out what these and and how to control mice and rats.
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.
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 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.
Control Clothes Moths
Clothes moths can cause serious damage to wool and other fabrics. Learn how to get rid of clothes moths and prevent infestations.
Managing the Moth Fly
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.
Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 6:...
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.
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.
House Dust Mites & Control
Dust mites are so tiny that nearly 100,000 could fit on your pillow ... and cause sneezing, itchy, runny nose. Find out more about these mites and their control.
Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 7:...
Our survey showed that mosquitoes are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about these biting pests, mosquito behaviors and mosquito control.
What is that tiny ant?
What is that small ant? Identifying and controlling the pavement ant that gets into homes and kitchens.
3 Fool-Proof Ways to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in...
Stink bugs getting into your home? Here are 3 methods to flush them, drown them, vacuum them away.
Four Easy Steps to a Head Lice-Free Scalp
Head Lice infestations, shampoo with coconut oil, or eucalyptus-oil infused shampoo and have a partner
Did You Know - Some Cockroaches Can Fly?!
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.

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