Preventing and eliminating flies and mosquitoes from your yard and home

Pests & Bugs: Flies and Mosquitoes



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Getting Rid of Hornets

TDS Reader Contributors

Looking for ways to eliminate hornets? TDS readers share their tips and tricks on how to get rid of these pesky critters!

Eliminating Fruit Flies

Glenn Mitcham

We all like to think our home is a sanctuary against the vagaries of the outside world. Therefore, there is nothing more shocking or upsetting as finding an infestation of insects in our homes. While these invasions can cover a wide array of insects, we'll be singling out the frustrating fruit fly. Here are some tips to keep them away for good.

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me!

Deborah Taylor-Hough

With the advent of mosquito season, many people are feeling concern for more than just the annoying itchiness of a bite or two. Worries about West Nile Virus are leading many who would normally avoid excessive use of chemicals to start spraying and slathering on insect repellents containing the chemical DEET. But are there valid, healthier options when it comes to repelling our fine buzzing and biting friends? You bet! The most common, and most effective, natural insect repellents are various essential oils.

Repelling Mosquitoes Naturally

Deborah Taylor-Hough

With the advent of mosquito season, many people are feeling concern for more than just the annoying itchiness of a bite or two. Worries about West Nile Virus (and other mosquito-carried diseases) are leading many who would normally avoid excessive use of chemicals, to start spraying and slathering on insect repellents containing the chemical DEET. But are there valid, healthier options when it comes to repelling our fine buzzing and biting friends? You bet!

Don't be the Main "Mosquito" Attraction

Deborah Taylor-Hough

One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes from getting the bite on you is to avoid being the main attraction at your local mosquito theme park in the first place. Understanding a bit about mosquito behavior can help avoid calling unnecessary attention to yourself.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in the House

TDS Reader Contributors

"For the past few months, I have had a big problem with those pesky little "fruit flies" in my home. I do not leave fruit out on the counter, so I know that isn't the problem. I wanted to know if any of the readers have had this problem and how they solved it? I would appreciate any assistance."

Nature's Best

Tina Shake

The author passes on her wisdom of her natural approach to pest control so you can learn from both her mistakes and her triumphs.

Natural Backyard Mosquito Control

TDS Reader Contributors

"Do you have any hints on how to take back the backyard from the mosquitoes this summer? I would like to enjoy the great outdoors in my country home again."

Fly Control

TDS Reader Contributors

"I live next to an alley where trash containers are kept. The flies have become overwhelming. We can't sit outside without being "attacked" by them. This morning I walked outside and there were about 100 flies milling around the area where the trash used to be kept (even though we have thoroughly cleaned that area). Any ideas what we can use to get rid of all these flies?"

Pesky Flying Insects

TDS Reader Contributors

"I need a sure way to get rid of pesky insects, especially mosquitoes, for outside entertaining. We will be having our annual family reunion. We have evenings of getting together, but the bugs want to share in our togetherness. We live in the south and there are lots of unwanted pests here."


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