Biological Control of Pests: Overview, Examples & Pros/Cons

Biological Control of Pests Overview Examples Pros-Cons

When controlling pests in your garden you have a few options: Chemical treatment (pesticides), or biological control. Pesticides are effective but can have an adverse effect on beneficial insects as well as the pests you’re targeting. They can also contaminate soil and water.  Biological control is a method of controlling … Read More

Will Spiders Die in Cold Temperatures?

Will Spiders Die in Cold Temperatures?

Not all spiders die during the winter. While they are cold-blooded, they have adapted several ways to survive the cold seasons. Some overwinter in egg sacs, others take shelter, and others actually produce an antifreeze-like chemical inside their bodies that lowers their freezing temperature.  What Temperatures do Spiders Prefer? Spiders … Read More

20 Ways to Keep Squirrels off of Bird Feeders

How To Keep Squirrels Off of Bird Feeders

If you like to keep bird feeders, you may have run into some problems with squirrels. Squirrels are clever little acrobats that will perform all sorts of gymnastic feats to get to a bird feeder, stealing your birdseed and driving you nutty.  We’ve compiled a list of methods effective for … Read More

How to Keep Lizards Outside: Identification, Tips and Tricks

How to Keep Lizards Outside

Lizards are important members of the ecosystem, feeding on mosquitoes and other insects. While most lizards will be content to remain in the garden, one or two may occasionally wander inside. You can use exclusion to keep them out, and trapping to take care of any who still make it … Read More

Do Fake Owls Actually Work to Keep Pests Away?

Do Fake Owls Actually Work to Keep Pests Away?

Displaying fake owls can help keep pests away from your property — with limitations. Animals, including pests, can observe and learn, so they may discern that your owl not the real thing as time passes. How do Fake Owls Help? Owls prey on many different small mammals and other birds … Read More

What Bugs Come Out at Night and Why?

What Bugs Come Out at Night and Why?

There are many insects that are nocturnal, including pests like bedbugs, mosquitoes, and centipedes and cockroaches. These bugs come out at night because that’s when they’re most active, hunting for food, finding water, and looking for mates. Some insects also prefer the cooler temperature the night brings. Nocturnal Pests to … Read More

Most Common Wood-boring and Destroying Insects

Most Common Wood-Boring And Destroying Insects

There are 4 categories of common wood-boring insects: carpenter ants, termites, bark beetles and wood borers, and powderpost beetles. Each of these insects does damage to wood over time, and it’s likely they were present before you noticed them. It’s important to accurately identify them before beginning pest control, so take … Read More

Where Do Dust Mites Come From? (+Other Facts)

Where Do Dust Mites Come From?

Dust mites are microscopic creatures that thrive in warm, humid areas and feed on shed skin cells and pet dander. While dust mites do not bite, they can cause problems for people with allergies, asthma, eczema, and other related conditions. What are Dust Mites and Where do They Come From? … Read More

How Long Do Spiders Live? How to Manage House Spiders

How Long Do Spiders Live? Spider Lifespan In Your Home

There are over 40,000 species of spiders worldwide and the U.S. is home to a couple thousand species. Lifespans vary, but on average, most house spiders have a life cycle of about a year or two. In optimal conditions, spiders can live several years. Spiders can also survive for some … Read More

How to get rid of Silverfish

How To Get Rid of Silverfish and Keep Them From Coming Back

Silverfish may be tiny, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore their presence in your home. These small, wingless pests can damage cereals, books, clothes, wallpapers and other starchy items.  Managing these pests can be challenging. But there are several methods that homeowners can use to eliminate silverfish both inside … Read More