15
Sep 19

5 Things You Need to Do After Every Trip to Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs


Not only do these tiny pests tend to hide (and breed) inside of beds, couches, and clothing, they’ll gladly hitch a ride on your clothes and luggage if given the opportunity.
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30
Aug 19

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From? A Quick, Non-Gross Explainer


We talked to Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association—and probably one of the few people in the world who seems genuinely excited to talk about bed bugs—to demystify the pests.
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03
Apr 19

Here’s a Simple and Food-Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen


Ants tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food.
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11
Nov 18

The Assassin Bug: Facts, Dangers & Prevention

Assassin bugs (or kissing bugs) get their names from their habit of biting humans on the face near the lips. (It’s true people: I can’t make this stuff up.) Here’s what you need to know about this not-so-nice insect.

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04
Nov 18

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.

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28
Oct 18

How to Get Rid of Mice at Home Once and for All

Mice are adorable in children’s books. They’re even cute scurrying around in the woods. But it’s a completely different story if you spot one sprinting across your kitchen floor.

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19
Oct 18

The Frightening Reason You Shouldn't Use Contact Paper in Your Kitchen Cabinets

An $8 roll of contact paper can do wonders for your home. You can use it to upgrade old furniture, modernize shelves, elevate countertops, or even forge a backsplash. For the budget-conscious, it’s almost too good to be true. And, as it turns out, some people say it just might be.

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09
Sep 18

How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths in Your Kitchen

Pantry moths are the things nightmares are made of. I would gladly take spider mites in every single one of my houseplants, or a basement crawling with earwigs, over pantry moths any day. Here’s why: Pantry moths lay tiny grayish-white eggs in flour, cereal, pet food, and other dry goods. When the eggs hatch, a wriggling mass of larvae feed on your stone-ground whole wheat flour or whatever, form cocoons, and eventually hatch into adults, who will soon lay more eggs. (Adult females can lay 400 eggs after mating!) Severe infestations can take up to six months to get rid of.

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22
Aug 18

Get Rid of Fruitflies with a Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

Aargh, fruit flies! Those pesky little gnat-like creatures have invaded our kitchen and we’ve been engaged in battle ever since. Until, that is, a friend let us in on a simple home remedy learned from their exterminator. Get ready: All it takes is cider vinegar, a jar, dish soap, and plastic wrap:

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06
Aug 18

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.

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