These Minuscule Wingless Springtails are Easily Mistaken for Fleas

I’m not typically squeamish when it comes to bugs. Until they get inside my house where they don’t belong, that is. The creepiest are usually those teeny tiny ones—like springtails—that are so hard to see I start getting paranoid that they’re everywhere. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The House Centipede: Get Rid of Them, or Let Them Be?

The house centipede is a fairly common household pest. That said, it’s also pretty heinous. When you’ve had one crawl up your leg in the middle of a lecture in a 200-person auditorium, you know that screams often follow their arrival. If you’ve seen more than your fair share of them at home, and aren’t sure what to do, here’s some good info. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

6 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

I live in a one bedroom “garden” apartment, which means that I get to have my own front door, porch, and small strip of flower bed. The only downside? The flower bed is under the porch roof, which means it’s constantly damp and shady, and also an ideal mosquito habitat. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Smart Reason You Should Put Lace (Yes, Lace) On Your Windows

Warmer weather means opening up your curtains and windows, and letting in the light and fresh air. But, with all that welcome air and sunshine sometimes comes unwelcome bugs and less privacy. Let’s welcome back a classic that can surprisingly solve both issues: lace! READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Silverfish: How To Get Rid of Them & Prevent an Infestation

Bed bugs get all the press these days. Comparatively, silverfish (and their cousin the firebrat) are pretty harmless, but man are they ugly. It doesn’t help that they hang out in cold, dark, damp places like the basement or under the bathroom sink. If you’ve spotted one of these lurking in your house, or have an infestation, we have some tips for first preventing their arrival, then getting rid of them. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

New Study Says NYC Has ‘Teflon’ Mice, And Here’s Why That’s Terrifying

Here is an entirely true story about my first week in my NYC studio. I was cleaning the kitchen (because I am a certified grown-up), and I got out the vacuum to get the nooks and crannies beneath the dishwasher and cabinets. Before moving in, I had gone a full year without experiencing more than a spider in my living quarters and I was not going to entice any new friends with crumbs from my Cheerio-based dinner. As I moved the vacuum under the stove, it caught something. I pulled and got the corner of a sticky piece of paper Read More