Preventing and eliminating spiders, bees, bed bugs and other insects from your yard and home

Battling Insects on a Budget

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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.

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

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"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

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"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

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"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?"

Pest-Proof Your Home Against 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

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"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?"

Getting Rid of Centipedes

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"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?"

Natural Spider Control

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"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."

Moth Problems

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"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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