Preventing and eliminating insects in your yard and home

Pests & Bugs: Insects

How to Prevent a Stink Bug Infestation

Glenn Mitcham

When these pungent nuisances decide to invade, it costs a pretty penny for a thorough professional extermination. In order to save some time and money, learn how to best avoid an infestation from getting to the point of no return.

7 Ghastly Critters that will Eat your House


Most homeowners are familiar with termites, which are known for their ability to eat through wood, whether it be window frames, doors, stairs or other components of a house. But other creatures can devour wood, too. Here are seven creatures that are the stuff of your house's nightmares.

How to Get Rid of Wasps

TDS Reader Contributors

"Wasps love to build their nests near our back door. Is there an easy way to not only get rid of them, but also to keep them from returning? I'm tired of worrying about the kids getting bit by wasps!"

Video: Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

Gary Foreman

We've all fought pests around our home. Insects and animals that we didn't want around. Sometimes we called in a pest control company. But many of us would rather it be a DIY project. That's why we invited Michael Gossling of to be our guest on The Dollar Stretcher interview.

Battling a Bedbug Infestation

TDS Reader Contributors

"We moved recently and bought some used moving boxes. This was a big mistake. The boxes were carrying bedbugs and we didn't know it. Now we have an infestation in our home! Can anyone tell me how to completely eliminate bedbugs from our new home?"

Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

Monica bird

For many people, dealing with pests such as insects and rodents is one of the most unpleasant household chores. But paying huge exterminator bills can be even more painful. Fortunately, there are many options available to make this a manageable do-it-yourself task.

Eliminating Bed Bugs

Monica bird

"We have bed bugs. I think that we picked them up on a trip either on our daughter's baby blanket or on our dog. How can we eliminate them? I can't stand the thought of bed bugs infesting our home!"

Dealing with a Bed Bug Infestation

TDS Reader Contributors

"I'm ashamed to admit it, but we have bed bugs. Think that we got them by bringing pillows from home on a recent trip. We can't afford to throw away our mattresses and bedding. So how do we get rid of them? I hate the thought of sleeping in bug spray but don't know what to do. Can anyone suggest a frugal way to deal with this bed bug infestation?"

How to Control Swarming Bees

TDS Reader Contributors

If you are having a continual problem with bees, regular treatments can get pricey. Use one or more of these methods to get rid of bees for a lot less than paying a professional.

Winter Pests

Contributed by NAPSA

During the colder months, homeowners may be unaware that they are sharing their warm, cozy abode with some unsuspected squatters, pests. Indian meal moths, ants, mice, spiders and termites may all be nesting indoors. According to the National Pest Management Association, when temperatures begin to fall, an estimated 21 million pests head inside every year because their food sources are less accessible and they cannot adapt to the cooler weather.

Killing Dust Mites

TDS Reader Contributors

"We have recently discovered that my husband is allergic to dust. His allergist informed him that unless we wash everything in hot water, the dust mites will not be killed. There are products on the market that will kill the mites when added to the laundry, but they are very expensive. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can kill the dust mites without spending a ton on chemicals?"

There is No Insurance Against Household Pests


Who do you call when you've discovered that termites have gnawed their way through your attic and you need a new roof? Probably not your insurance agent. Most pest infestations and accompanying damage are considered maintenance issues by insurance carriers. In other words, the insurance company's position is that you could have prevented the mishap by eradicating the pesky bugs before they ate you out of house and home.

Getting Rid of Centipedes

TDS Reader Contributors

"I am in the process of purchasing the home I grew up in. The only issue that I have with this house is that it always has lots of centipedes in the basement. Does anyone know how to get rid of these inexpensively and also safely?"

Carpenter Bees

Joann Barnes

Last spring, we noticed several bees hovering around our deck. They looked like bumblebees. We avoided them when they hovered too close to the kids' play area. Later in the summer, we had to tear down our deck due to aging wood that was splitting. That is when we received our education on carpenter bees. Here is what we learned.

Enjoying Natural Holiday Decor

TDS Reader Contributors

"People keep suggesting pinecones, berries, branches, and flowers from the outdoors for holiday decorations. However, when I try this, they always have tons of bugs that come out when they warm up in the house. I don't mind a bug or two, but fifty bugs on my dinner table make me want to buy fake flowers! What am I doing wrong?"

No More Grasshoppers!

TDS Reader Contributors

"I need to find a safe way to eliminate the grasshoppers from eating ALL the leaves off the plants in my garden. They leave nothing but the stalk. I don't want to affect the bees and other "good" insects."

Natural Spider Control

TDS Reader Contributors

"Wondering if you have any solutions for preventing or repelling spiders. We just moved to a wooded area in the Midwest where wolf and tree spiders are prevalent. We're pregnant with our first child and need a safe, non-toxic solution."

Worms For Sale

TDS Reader Contributors

"I was wondering if anyone out there knows of a way to get rid of night crawlers short of putting up a "Worms For Sale" sign. I have very large night crawlers. The holes are big enough for my little finger to fit in and the castings or whatever that they leave on the surface are bigger around than a silver dollar. They make the ground so lumpy and uneven that walking is difficult and mowing is a real treat."

Moth Problems

TDS Reader Contributors

"My house seems to have been invaded by moths. They are even in our kitchen pantry and I haven't been able to get rid of them. I'd really rather not use mothballs, since they are toxic and I'm pregnant and I've got a toddler at home, as well. I wonder if any of your readers know of any nontoxic methods or products that would help us get rid of our unwelcome guests?"

Get Rid Lice for Good!

Monica Resinger

As embarrassing as it can be, it is not all that uncommon for a child to get lice. Here are some tips for how you can prevent your kids from getting lice and how to get rid of it if they do.

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