Stinkbugs have become a huge problem in my area. I was flushing between five and ten a day down the toilet. We tried traps, but they didn’t work and instead attracted more! I finally figured out where they were coming from—my attic. It looked like a breeding ground…they were everywhere! I got on my ladder and caulked every gap or opening around my house. I’m proud to say we’ve had zero stinkbugs since. Sometimes the best solution is to completely prevent those critters from getting in rather than catching them after the fact.

May 11, 2017
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Caulking success

Stinkbugs have become a huge problem in my area. I was flushing between five and ten a day down the toilet. We tried traps, but they […]
May 11, 2017
Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans

Freeze the tick that bit you

Ticks need to be removed ASAP because some carry Lyme disease. Using a fine-point tweezer, grasp the tick as close as possible to where it is […]
May 11, 2017
Martha Stewart

Wash clothes before storing

Before you pack up winter clothing for storage, wash or dry-clean garments that have been worn. This rids them of moth and beetle eggs and also […]
May 11, 2017
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Pest control for crickets

Cricket Control Solution: Place a strip of duct tape, sticky side up, on the floor near where you hear crickets. The bugs will be attracted and […]
May 11, 2017
Kelly Roberson

Controlling caterpillars

Caterpillars and worms will feed on plants, chewing holes in leaves and stems. Larvae that develop into butterflies are a nuisance, but since butterflies themselves generally […]
May 11, 2017
Charlie Nardozzi

Predators: old-school pest control

Japanese beetle traps tend to attract more beetles than they trap. A better solution for these beetles is beneficial nematodes, which can kill up to 80 […]
May 11, 2017
Greg Seaman

Control dust mites

Microscopic dust mites are everywhere in the home – in our beds, clothing, furniture, book shelves and stuffed animals. For people with allergies or asthma, dust […]
May 11, 2017
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The mint method of flea control

Mint leaves are natural flea repellents. Soak one part mint leaves in three parts water in a spray bottle for three to five days and spray […]
May 11, 2017
Miriam Rotkin Ellman

Flea control: comb your pets

If you have a pet, comb it regularly with a flea comb and wash its bedding frequently. Be sure to vacuum floors, rugs and upholstery your […]