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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?
Why Indoor Flying Ants in Winter Are Not a Good...
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.
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.
Pest Control: The Pros and Cons of Using Liquid...
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.
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.
How to Prevent and Control a Bed Bug Infestation
Using EPA recommendations to prevent and control bed bugs.
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 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 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.
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?
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 Ants Have Wings?
When you see ants with wings, they are seeking a mate to breed. Find out more about flying ants.
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.
How to Identify a Mouse Infestation in Your Home
All about the common house mouse and why it is a problem.
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.
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
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.
Questions and Answers About Rats
A few of the most commonly asked questions -- and answers -- about rats.
How to Get Rid of Ants
A guide to getting rid of the ants that trail into your home and kitchen using ant baits.
How Can I Catch a Mouse in my House?
How do I know if I have mice? And other frequently asked questions.
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?
Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home
Control spiders in your home with this How To Get Rid of Spiders.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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 keep carpenter bees from damaging your...
Carpenter bees can damage the soft woods of homes, but control and prevention of this destructive insect are relatively simple.
Do Dryer Sheets Repel Pests?
Dryer sheets have been said to keep flying insect pests away. Do they work? Find out
Using Physical and Chemical Means to Get Rid of...
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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.
What is that ant? Find out here with images and...
Description and image of a pavement ant
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.
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.
Why do some ants have wings?
Questions and Answers about flying ants in your home, including carpenter ants and termites, and what to do.
12 Steps to Prepare for Cockroach Control Service
Prepare for cockroach control service by following these 12 steps.
How to Get Rid of Rats
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
How to control different ants step by step
Get rid of Pavement Ants - in 4 steps
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.
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.
How to Get Rid of Cluster Flies
Cluster flies can invade your home in the winter. What they are and what you can do.
Get Sting Bugs Out of Your House!
What is a stink bug and how do I keep it out of my house?
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.
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.
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)
Winged, Flying Ant and Termite FAQs
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
20 Questions about Bed Bugs, Part 2
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
Control Spiders in the Home
This article explains how to take control and get rid of spiders in your home.
Control Squirrels Around Your Home
Squirrels are a natural part of the environment, but they can become pests when they cause damage to residential structures, homes, or plant life. But there are ways to control them.
Control 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.
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.
Outdoor House Fly Control
Eliminate flies outdoors to keep them from coming indoors.
Fascinating Facts about Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees can nest in and damage soft wood of your home. But how do you know if the bee you see is a carpenter bee, a honey bee, or a bumble bee?
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.
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.
How you can get rid of ants, mice, flies and...
Get rid of ants step by step. Pest Control.
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
How To Using Natural Methods to Get Rid of Head...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
5 Steps to Cockroach Control
What works to get rid of cockroaches? Follow the 5 Steps to Control and learn about some chemical options.
7 Steps for Indoor or Outdoor Control of Spiders
Spiders can be difficult to control, but these 7 steps to indoor spider control and 7 steps to outdoor spider control will help to keep the arachnids at bay.
How to keep skunks away
How to control skunks and prevent them from seeking shelter in and around your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Controlling Cockroaches
Cockroaches may be disgusting! But they can be controlled. Following are some tips for control ...
Some Pests Are Attracted to Mulch
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.
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?
Non-Chemical Control of Plant Pests: Spider Mites
Spider mites are damaging plant pests, but they can be controlled through non-chemical means.
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.
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.
Poisonous Spiders
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.
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.
Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden
Rabbits eating your trees, plants, or vegetables? Keep them out with these tips.
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.
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.
Expert Recommendations for Termite Prevention
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.
How to Prevent and Control Pillbugs and Sowbugs
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What's the Difference Between Millipedes and...
What are centipedes and millipedes? How do I tell the difference? What do I do if they are in my home?
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.
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.
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?
Chigger Bites and Control
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.
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.
Identify and Control Clothes Moths
Moths that eat wool and other natural fabrics can be very destructive. Learn to identify and get rid of clothes moths.
Bats and Bat Control
Dispelling myths and telling the realities of bats and their control.
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.
Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 8: Bed...
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.
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.
Getting Rid of Snakes by Cleaning Up the Yard...
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.
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?
What is that tiny ant?
What is that small ant? Identifying and controlling the pavement ant that gets into homes and kitchens.
How to Control Ants
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.
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.
Controlling Flies in the Home and Garden
Perhaps the world’s most widely distributed insect and certainly one of the most annoying, house flies can be controlled by best practices of sanitation, thorough physical exclusion and by a diligent practice of least toxic, chemical and non-chemical measures.
Learning About the Pest - Important Facts About...
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.
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.
Cicada Damage and Control
17-year cicadas do not harm humans, but can damage plants. What they do and how to control cicadas.
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.
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!
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.
9 Fast and Freaky Facts About Skunks
Skunks are gentle ... but smelly! Learn 8 facts about skunks and 5 tips on protecting yourself, family, and pets.
Control of Thief Ants or Grease Ants
the tiny grease ants commonly invade homes across the U.S. But they can be controlled.
Cockroaches: See How to Control Them
Five videos showing a variety of methods of cockroach control – from organic to drowning to manufacturer recommendations.
More Common Cockroaches
Cockroaches are one of the most common -- and the most disgusting pests. Two common cockroaches are the oriental cockroach and the brownbanded cockroach.
Fire Ant Identification, Control and Prevention
Fire ants are common problems of the southern U.S. This article answers common questions such as: What do fire ants look like? What damage do fire ants do? How can you control fire ants?
Your Top 10 Pest Control Articles of 2013
Ants? Rats? Spiders? Mice? What were the Top 10 Pest Control articles that drew the most attention in 2013?
Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 4:...
Our survey showed that spiders are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about spiders, spider behaviors and spider control.
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.
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 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.
Find Pesticide Information
How much do you know about the pesticide products that are used around your home? This article contains sources for information on all registered pesticides.
Why are bed bugs so hard to kill?
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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.
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 7:...
Our survey showed that mosquitoes are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about these biting pests, mosquito behaviors and mosquito control.
Termites: Identification and Management
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.
German Cockroaches: Control German Cockroaches...
Cockroaches eat everything that humans do, some things that humans will not touch. They live in moist, warm and dark environments, so good sanitation is always the first method of cockroach control.
What Do You Know about Raccoons?
Raccoons are very common across the U.S. that can become aggressive and spread disease to people and pets. Learn more about raccoons.

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