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Is Your City on This Years Bedbug List?
An analysis of Orkin's Top 50 Bedbug Cities List - cities that have gotten better or worse and where your city sits.
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.
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.
How to Get Rid of Cluster Flies
Cluster flies can invade your home in the winter. What they are and what you can do.
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.
Get Sting Bugs Out of Your House!
What is a stink bug, what damage does it cause, and how do I keep it out of my house?
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.
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?
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 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.
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?
Questions and Answers About Rats
A few of the most commonly asked questions -- and answers -- about rats.
Keep the House Mouse Out of Your House
How do you know if you have mice? And why are they a health problem? The following provides a guide to house mouse identification, behavior, disease and damage, and signs.
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 Can I Catch a Mouse in my House?
How do I know if I have mice? And other frequently asked questions.
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.
Fast Facts about Mice and their Control
Do you have mice or rats in your home? Get some fast facts, then read more about rodent damage and how to get rid of rats and mice.
Keep Black and Red Boxelder Bugs Out of Your Home
Boxelder Bugs are primarily a nuisance pest because they do not bite, sting or breed indoors. But large numbers of these black and red bugs can be very annoying, and can stain surfaces in the home.
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.
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.
Why Cockroaches Survive
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.
How to Prevent and Control a Bed Bug Infestation
Using EPA recommendations to prevent and control bed bugs.
Get Rid of Skunk Odor: What Really Works
Your dog got sprayed by a skunk! What can you do? How do you get rid of skunk odor? Does tomato juice work? Get the facts here.
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.
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.
Mosquito Control: CItronella, CO2, Light Traps,...
Products such as CItronella, CO2, Light Traps, Insecticides, and Ultrasonics are marketed as attracting, repelling, trapping or killing mosquitoes. But what are they and do they work?
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.
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.
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.
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
12 Steps to Prepare for Cockroach Control Service
Prepare for cockroach control service by following these 12 steps.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
What Do I Do if I See a Winged, Flying Ant in...
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.
Have Termites? Here's What To Do - 15 Answers...
What do you really know about termite control? What do you need to know. Find out 15 of the most common questions (and answers) about termite control.
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.
What is that ant? Find out here with pictures,...
Pictures and descriptions of the most common ants and how to control them.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Do Dryer Sheets Repel Mosquitoes, Spiders, or...
Do dryer sheets repel mosquitoes or other insects or bugs? Some studies have found that they do.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Top 10 Tips to Keep Bugs, Insects and Mice...
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 pests out.
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 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
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Chicago and Ohio Cities Top 2014 Bedbug Cities...
Is your city among the top in bedbug infestations? Or are your travels taking you into a top bedbug city?
That Stink Bug Might Be a Squash Bug
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.
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.
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.
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?
Deer Mice and Other Disease-Carrying Mice Can...
As cute as it appears to be, the gray to brown and white deer mouse is a deadly creature, carrying and transmitting disease.
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.
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.
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.
Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home!
Keep spiders out of your home and get rid of those that do come in by non-chemical or chemical methods.
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.
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.
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.
How to Prepare for Tent Fumigation of Your Home
A tent fumigation can be used to termites from a home, but there are steps that homeowner must take to prepare.
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.
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.
Why do some ants have wings?
Questions and Answers about flying ants in your home, including carpenter ants and termites, and what to do.
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.
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.
Rodent Proof Your Home in 2 Steps
You can keep mice from making your home their home -- in two simple steps.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Controlling Cockroaches
Cockroaches may be disgusting! But they can be controlled. Following are some tips for control ...
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.
5 Reasons Bedbugs Are Hard to Kill
Why bedbugs are so hard to kill. And why people have tried to start fires to exterminate the bedbugs
Get 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.
How To Control Mosquitoes in Your Home and Garden
Like most pests, mosquitoes can be controlled by arming yourself with knowledge and applying common sense preventive measures.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor House Fly Control
Eliminate flies outdoors to keep them from coming indoors.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to keep skunks away
How to control skunks and prevent them from seeking shelter in and around your home.
Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden
Rabbits eating your trees, plants, or vegetables? Keep them out with these tips.
Rats and Mice Spread Disease and Cause Illness
Mice and rats can carry disease and cause illness through contact, urine and feces, or even simply breathing in contaminated dust
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.
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.
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 Do Insects Do in Winter?
Many insects survive the winter by overwintering in various ways. Find out how and why insects do this and what problems can be caused when they emerge.
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.
Control of Thief Ants or Grease Ants
the tiny grease ants commonly invade homes across the U.S. But they can be controlled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Crickets Out of the House!
Some cultures may say crickets are good luck, but if their constant chirping annoys you, check out these steps for control and prevention.
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.
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 you can get rid of ants, mice, flies and...
Get rid of ants step by step. Pest Control.
How to Keep Pests Out of Your Pantry
Prevention and control techniques for pantry and stored product pest infestations.
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.
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.
Top 50 Bed Bug Cities for 2013
A list of the top bed bug cities for 2013 with movement from the 2012 list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Controlling Pest Rabbits
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.
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.
11 Questions and Answers on Pesticides and...
Some common questions and answers about pesticides, their hazards, and their use.
Top 25 Bed Bug Articles
To raise awareness, and answer just about any question you may have, following are the Top 25 Bed Bug Articles of About Pest Control (as ranked by number of readers).
Field Ants Can Be Beneficial, But May Need to...
Field ants are one of the most common outdoor ants. Generally harmless, and even beneficial, high populations can need to be controlled.
How to Prepare for Pest Control Service
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Why are bed bugs so hard to kill?
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What To Do if You See Worms, Webs, or Moths in...
Ewww ... yuck!! 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.
Do Bug Zappers Really Work?
Bug zappers can get rid of flying insects, but if you put them too close to you, you will actually bring more mosquitoes, flies, and moths to you!
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?
Skunks warn you before they spray
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.
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.
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.
How to Prevent and Control Pillbugs and Sowbugs
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Tips to Help Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites
You can be bitten by mosquitoes or ticks in your own backyard. Here's how to keep your family safe.
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.
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.

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