Indoor Pest Control

Does Growing Vegetables Indoors Attract Insects?

Does growing vegetables indoors attract insects? The answer is: not entirely. Although sometimes it seems like they do. The distinction, however, is that indoor plants or vegetables don’t typically send out signals that attract bugs that are just passing by like flowers that attract butterflies and bees for pollination purposes. The bugs you see or…

Top 15 Worst Cities For Roaches

Pests To Watch Out For In The Fall

When summer comes to a close and fall begins to set in, there are numerous changes to account for. From the dips in temperature to preparing your home and family for the string of holidays, autumn is pretty much the definition of change. And that goes for the critters of the world too, because there’s…

The Link Between Pests And Foodborne Illness

The Center of Disease Control reports that more than 48 million Americans—roughly one-sixth of the population—are infected with a foodborne illness every year. Of these, more than 125,000 are hospitalized and about 3,000 people die every year because of a foodborne illness. The CDC also discovered that nearly 70 percent of foodborne illnesses and more…

Indoor Pest Control

How to Get Rid of Roaches

Cockroaches have the dirtiest habits of all their cousins. They spend time in sewers and consume feces and garbage. More importantly, they have been implicated in the transmission of a number of diseases. The good news is that of more than 4,500 identified species of cockroaches, only about 30 actually…

Gone Fishin’: DIY and Professional Solutions to Get Rid of Silverfish

Bristletail, tasseltail, fringetail –  sounds kind of like a cute little trio of furry creatures in a Disney movie, doesn’t it? But as adorable as they sound, they’re actually all names for the same tiny creature you know by its more common name—silverfish. Silverfish derive their more familiar name from their silvery scales and fishlike…

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

The stink bug is a brown or green pest that has found its way to the North American continent from its indigenous homelands of China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. The first known instance of the Brown marmorated stink bug in the U.S. was recorded in eastern Pennsylvania in 1998, meaning that…

How to Get Rid of Mice

But if you see one or two mice in your home, you can bet that you’ve got entire families of mice in walls, in the attic, and in other hidden places.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

You’ve heard it a million times: Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! But while this common refrain harks back to most Americans’ childhoods, many of us don’t realize just how common these insects are—even upscale hotels and condominiums have been infested by blood-sucking bed bugs. If this pest is affecting your…

 Outdoor Pest Control

Everything You Need To Know About Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

When summer comes, most people worry about all sorts of different pest problems that the good sunny weather brings with it. For the most part, it is always about mosquitoes, Lone star ticks, and seed ticks among many other pests. These critters not only destroy crops as they feed on the stems and leaves, but…

How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites

Most growers around the world know about spider mites. As part of the mite family and closely related to ticks and spiders, these little insects are some of the most destructive pests known to farmers. Sometimes referred to as the two-spotted spider mites, red spider mites, or spruce spider mites, these little creatures are rather…

Do Sawflies Sting?

Sawflies are probably the most confusing lot of the insect world. They do not have any particular specific look because they keep changing as they grow. Sawfly larvae look like little slugs then they slowly start looking like caterpillars and then eventually end up looking like a cross between a fly and a wasp. Considering…

Fall Season Is Here – How To Get Rid Of Squash Bugs

Commonly found in North America, Squash Bugs are damage causing pests that typically attack plants within the cucurbit family. They are particularly fond of the squash plant, hence the name. The adults are also commonly referred to as Stink Bugs or Leaf-Footed Beetles. The damage these little buggers—or rather the nymphs—can cause is immense and,…

How To Get Rid Of Japanese Beetles

Summertime really can be a pest in of itself, given how so many actual pests breed and thrive in the hot and wet season. And one of the summer’s worst offenders is the Japanese beetle. Though basically harmless to humans directly (they don’t bite and aren’t poisonous despite having prickly bodies that can feel like…

How to Get Rid of Wasps and Hornets

The Difference Between Wasps, Hornets and Bees Wasps, hornets and bees all sting, and that is enough information for most people. However, if you are dealing with an infestation of bees, wasps, or hornets, the type of pest makes a tremendous difference in the types of repellents and treatments that you use. It is especially important…

How to Get Rid of Termites

Hey! Wanna have a little fun? Grab a shovel and go out to your back yard right now. Find an area with a little wood debris – a fallen log, a brush pile, a stack of firewood – maybe even a falling-down building, a rotting tree or a flowerbed rich in decaying wood mulch. Now…

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Is on the Rise: Here’s What You ...

Heading out to parks, campgrounds and natural areas is one of the pleasures of warmer weather. As beautiful and enjoyable as these outdoor areas may be, they’re also home to millions of tiny insects that could potentially cause infection and illness. And among the most common of these tiny pests are the hard-shelled arachnids we…

West Nile Virus: What You Should Know

For most people, the arrival of warm spring and summer weather ushers in pleasant thoughts of sunny days spent relaxing outdoors with friends and family, maybe at a beach or park or just hanging around at a backyard barbecue or pool party. After a winter’s worth of bleak, gray, cold weather, few things replenish the…

How to Get Rid of Ants

Ants are one of the most successful animals on Earth. They thrive due to their social organization, which allows them to defend themselves, exploit resources, and modify their behavior. Unfortunately, they can wreak havoc on home environments. To understand how to get rid of ants, it is important to understand how they live and how…

Infectious vs Harmless Bug Bites

Identifying Bug Bites

Some pests live off blood from humans and organisms, others consume skin cells, and still others only bother humans when they’ve been disturbed themselves. Knowing how to treat bug bites is easiest when you can identify them by the bite’s appearance, the anatomy of the species, and by being aware of what pests are in…

Lyme Disease: This is No Tangy Fruit

Lyme disease is a treatable, yet dangerous, dysfunction that usually causes flu-like symptoms. It is caused by the bacteria classified as Borrelia burgdorferi. The overwhelming majority of cases are caused by the extended bite…

Everything You Need to Know About the Health Risks of Zika

No one wants to spend a lot of time and energy planning a vacation around a possible illness. Nevertheless, Zika presents significant enough health risks that it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.

Natural vs Chemical Pest Control

The Impact Of Crane Flies On The Pacific Northwest

At the tail end of every summer, fantastical beasts raise from the the turfs of the Pacific Northwest, almost immediately finding counterparts so they can mate. After a life largely made up of eating and living underground, you might seek out someone’s touch as soon as possible, too. These beasts are more formally known as…

How to Protect Your Pets from Fleas, Ticks and Other Pests

Fleas and ticks aren’t just unpleasant. They can be dangerous to your and your pets’ health. Fleas can carry a large array of pathogens that include tapeworms, typhus and cat scratch disease (CSD).

Organic Pest Control: Is it Better? Healthier? More Expensive?

Sometimes it can feel like we live in constant peril from unnatural chemicals. About 45 million pounds of pesticides are used in homes and gardens every year. And many people seek out…

Pest Control for Expectant Mothers

When you are expecting, you want to do everything you can to ensure that your baby will be born safe and healthy. Many parents are concerned with potential risks during gestation. Expectant mothers are warned away from potential hazards like sushi, soft cheeses and even the litter box. But where does household pest control methods fit into to pregnancy health?

The answer to this question will depend on where you are in your pregnancy, the pests you are likely to encounter, and what methods you use to control them.

Learn more about when you should be concerned with pesticide exposure, how to make pesticide use safer, and the different alternatives you can use for pesticide.