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How can I keep shrews out of my house?

Pest Management In and Around Structures Updated: September 11, 2015

Shrews have been known to enter buildings. Rodent-proofing will exclude shrews from entering structures. Look along the foundation sill, pipes, eaves, attic...

How can I get rid of rat burrows around my house?

Pest Management In and Around Structures Updated: February 10, 2015

First, you need to make sure that it is in fact a rat/rodent burrow you are observing around your home.Rats create underground pathways or burrows from their...

How do I get rid of a woodchuck (groundhog) that has taken up residency under our shed, porch, and slab?

Updated: February 10, 2015

In order to control a woodchuck under a deck/shed/porch etc, you have to determine what is legal in your state along with what you want to do.So called...

Do I need a pest control company?

Pest Management In and Around Structures Updated: December 09, 2013

First, are you having trouble with pests in or around your home? If the answer is NO, then you don't currently need a pest control company. However, if the...

Are traps the best way to kill rats/mice in and around my house?

Yes, trapping can be effective in controlling rat and mice infestations. Trapping is most effective when the problem is localized, such as in a home or when...

How do I know if I have rats/mice in my house if I don't see them?

Here are some signs to look for:If you think you have a rodent infestation, go to the links listed under related content for helpful information on how to...

Should I get a cat to help with my mouse/rat infestation around my house?

Although cats and other predators may kill rodents, they usually don't reduce populations enough to effectively control them, especially if there is a...

What's the difference between pyrethrins and pyrethroids?

Pyrethrins are naturally occurring compounds extracted from chrysanthemum plants and used to make pesticides. Pyrethroids have the same basic chemical...

How do bed bugs spread?

Here are some common ways that bed bugs are spread:Make sure to check the seams of mattresses for bed bugs before bringing your luggage into a hotel room. ...

Where are bed bugs found inside my house?

Bed bugs hide in tight spaces, such as cracks in base boards and tube bed frames, behind picture frames and under mattresses. They can also be found behind...

What should I do to control the cockroach problem in my house?

You really have two options for cockroach control: Do-it-yourself, or call a pest control service.If you decide to hire a pest control service, ask them how...

What does a garden spider look like?

Garden spiders are usually common orb weaver spiders. There are actually a few different species that are referred to as "garden spiders" and they share some...

What does a wolf spider look like?

Wolf spiders, family Lycosidae, look far more fearsome than they are. These mobile ground hunters do not build webs but rather can be found in most natural...

How does pesticide resistance happen?

When a pesticide is used, sometimes not all of the targeted pests are killed. Pests that are not killed may possess a genetic change or mutation that allows...

Should I spray around the outside of my house to keep insects from coming in?

Barrier spraying is NOT the most effective method of preventing insects from entering a home. Insects have a part in the ecosystem, so measures should be...

I keep finding silverfish in my sink and bathtub, how can I control them?

Houses provide a perfect habitat for silverfish. Preferring moderate temperatures between 70 and 80 °F, and a relative humidity of between 75 to 95%, they...

Are sonic and ultrasonic mosquito repellers effective in mosquito control?

Sonic mosquito repellers, first marketed in the 1970s, are devices that were designed to imitate the flight sound of a male mosquito. These devices work on...

Are there any predators that kill mosquitoes that I can use around my house and garden?

Fish, dragonfly nymphs and diving beetles are natural predators of mosquito larvae, while dragonflies, birds and bats feed on adult mosquitoes.In some...

How do you kill brown recluse spiders?

Brown recluse spiders can be difficult to control. For this reason, heavy infestations in the home are best handled by a pest management professional. In the...

I am allergic to bees, and I heard that marigolds repelled them, is that true?

There is no research that proves marigolds repel bees. Flowers on plants, shrubs and trees will attract bees rather than repel them. Plant items that do not...

I live in Texas, in a neighborhood with lots of deer. What can I plant that the deer won't eat?

Updated: March 08, 2012

Listed below are several species deer do not prefer. Remember... "deer resistant" does not equal "deer proof." Perennials Annuals: Blanketflower, Indian...

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