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I have small, dark ants in my house. How do I get rid of them?

The first step in any pest management plan is to identify the pest. With ants this can be quite difficult because of their small size. A microscope with...

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...

Earwigs have invaded my house, how can I get rid of them?

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

Earwigs are outdoor insects that live in damp environments and feed mainly on dead plant material. Contrary to general myth, earwigs do not climb inside...

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 you kill American cockroaches?

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

The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus), is the largest of the common cockroaches, measuring on average 4 cm in length. Tips for eliminating...

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...

Will foam insulation prevent mice/rats from coming in my house?

No. Rodents can chew through foam. Also, unless the foam is UV light stabilized, it will breakdown in sunlight, dry rot, and degrade so that the problem can...

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...

What is a pesticide's half-life?

A pesticide's half-life (also known as degradation) is the time it takes for half of the initial amount of a pesticide to breakdown. If a pesticide's...

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...

What is the IPM Continuum?

The IPM Continuum is the progression of pest management strategies from high-risk, reaction-based action towards least-risk, long-term prevention and...

Do sticky traps for spiders really work?

Yes!  Researches have found that you can catch dozens of spiders in a 2-week period. Problem: These traps can lose their tackiness – so be sure they’re still...

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 I get rid of ladybugs in my house?

Multicolored lady beetles usually fly to homes to overwinter the first or second warm day after temperatures have approached freezing. Check with your local...

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