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11 Ways to Get Rid of Mice
Say goodbye to Stuart Little! A mouse infestation can be enough to make anyone skittish. Those pesky critters can carry a plethora of dangerous diseases and cause...
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Bob Vila Radio: Are There Plants That Repel Mosquitos?
Modern mosquito repellents generally do a pretty good job of keeping the bugs away, but toxic chemicals often top the...
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Stinky Situations: What to Do If You’ve Been Skunked
The stench of a skunk attack—it's unmistakable, even when you're in the passenger seat of a car, with the windows clo...
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How To: Get Rid of Moles
There's no mistaking when a mole or two have invaded your lawn and garden. Though you're not likely to see one above ...
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Are You Safe from Bedbugs?
Bedbugs haunt homeowners' nightmares like the bogeyman. These nasty little critters that feast on your blood while yo...
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How To: Make Your Own Insect Repellent
There's great satisfaction in making something you could just as easily purchase ready-made. Besides that special fee...
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The Good Guys: 8 Beneficial Bugs for Your Garden
Roll out the welcome mat for friendly insects that will get on your garden's good side. While some insects like aphids and grasshoppers can wreak havoc on gardens...
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How To: Get Rid of Wasps
Springtime and summer are lovely times of year, but they do usher in a host of seasonal hazards, perhaps none more fe...
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10 Natural Ways to Combat Summer Mosquitoes
There's nothing more annoying than having your summertime fun ruined by the buzzing and biting of the season's peskiest foes—mosquitoes. Before they breed, congre...
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New & Notable: 8 High-Tech Bug Zappers to Keep You Bite-Free
Summertime, and the livin' is easy—until stinging winged arthropods crash your backyard BBQ. Standard protocol calls for lighting a few citronella candles and rub...
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How To: Keep Deer Out of Your Garden
Though deer look innocent, home gardeners know they can be a menace to plants and trees. Gardeners also know that bar...
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How To: Get Rid of Cockroaches
You're not alone in wanting to get rid of cockroaches. These creepy-crawly insects are a major problem around the cou...
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How To: Eliminate Fruit Flies
A terrific way to maintain good health is to stick to a diet chock-full of fruits and vegetables. But few things spoi...
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8 Tried-and-True Tricks to Stamp Out Ants
Usually found marching along a kitchen sink, the tile near a baseboard, or outside on the porch by your welcome mat (some welcome!), ants are tiny and persistent ...
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Quick Tip: Treating Termites and Preventing Rodents
Termites and other pests can cause expensive damage. Here's what to look for.  The sawdust-like accumulations of fras...
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Unsound Sounds: 7 Noises You Don't Want to Hear From Your House
Homes make strange noises. They’re built of many different materials — glass, concrete, wood — that expand and contra...
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Be Nice to Mice: How to Build a Humane Mousetrap
None of us loves the idea of little Mickeys and Minnies scurrying around our homes. Some people insist they're cute, ...
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How To: Detect Termite Damage
Here's how you can tell if your house has termite damage. First, examine obvious areas of wood rot for termites. Some...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wood-Eating Bugs
There are more than 2,000 species of termites, and chances are some of them live in your neighborhood. The most commo...
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INFOGRAPHIC: DIY Pest Prevention
Fighting pests at home? The best offense is a clean, dry, and air-tight defense. The importance of sanitation cannot ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tickscaping
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance reports that as many as three-quarters of all Lyme Disease cases are caused by tick b...
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The Gross, Scary, and Entirely Truthful House Pest Quiz
Are you an amateur exterminator? Test your knowledge of these common house pests to find out!
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How To: Fight Off Termites
Preventing and treating termite infestations is a top priority for many homeowners. Termite control is not a do-it-yo...
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How To: Rodent-Proof Your Home
While Ratatouille might have been a runaway blockbuster film, no one wants rats in the house — or mice or squirrels o...
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10 Plants Sure to Stop Deer in Their Tracks
If your backyard and garden have become a buffet for deer, these 10 Bambi-resistant plants will encourage them to forage elsewhere.
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Keep Ticks at Bay with 9 Smart Landscaping Tips
Strategic landscaping choices can help you get rid of ticks, protecting your family and pets from the danger posed by these insects, even in the seeming safety of...
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Attract Owls for Rodent Control
Every creature has its place in nature—I firmly believe that. But if that creature is a rodent, I want its place to b...
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Save the Bees, Save Yourself: The Anti-Allergy Virtues of Local Honey
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? A natural remedy waits in your backyard: locally produced honey. To date, scie...
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Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-Free
No need to use chemicals—instead, use these herbal, fruity, or soap-laden solutions for problems with pests like ants, mice, and mosquitos.
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The Complete Natural Guide to Apartment Pest Control and Prevention
Living in the city has its perks. But it also has its pests. From mice to roaches to bed bugs, dreaded pests can and ...
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Termites! Now What?
The advent of spring is generally welcome, but warmer temperatures also bring out unwanted pests, namely termites. Of...
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Bob Vila Radio: House Pests
We’re all drawn to the warmth and shelter of a cozy house, so it’s not surprising that critters like squirrels, oposs...
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How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 2)
Most people react to deer, groundhogs, and rabbits with a smile acknowledging their adorableness. But gardeners know ...
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How To: Combat Garden Pests (Part 1)
It’s the time of year when garden pests become especially irritating. Your ripening harvest might be snacked on by ap...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bee & Wasp Control
Late summer’s when you see ‘em, but now’s not  actually the best time to mess with a bee or wasp nest. The queen esta...
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Bob Vila Radio: Integrated Pest Management
To control garden pests without using toxic chemicals, work with nature, not against it. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Natural Pesticides
Encouraging birds and bats to visit your yard is a great way to keep BUGS down without spraying. LISTENListen to BOB ...
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Top 10 Ways to Deal with Bees
Bob Vila recently contacted me because he had a bee infestation in his attic. I've made several visits to his house s...
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How To: Protect Your Home from Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. Unlike termites, wood damaged by carpenter ants does not ...
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Fixing a Rotted Deck and Columns on the Porch
Carpenters replace a rotted deck, and a rotted porch column is reconstructed with concrete.
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Replacing Sill, Repelling Insects and Rot, and Installing Sliding Doors With Custom Trim Molding
Damaged sill is replaced, the house is protected against insects and rot, and sliding doors with custom trim molding are installed.
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Sustainable Planting for Florida Landscape
Ken Micklow and Trent Culleny talk with Bob about native, storm-resistant gardening. Then Carm DiBella shows Bob an environmentally friendly termite protection s...
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Fighting Carpenter Ants and Repairing the Porch
The restoration of the front porch continues with workers putting the decking down and replacing the old columns. In addition, anti-termite control stations are p...
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Restoring the Front Porch
The front porch is undergoing full restoration, due to excessive water and pest damage to the columns and other structural elements. Demolition begins and repair ...
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Termite Prevention and Pouring the Concrete Floor
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley join exterminator Dean Bailey (of Fowler and Sons) to discuss termite control in and around the garage. Also, concrete contractor Sha...
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Dealing with Termite Damage
Bob reviews termite damage at the Naples project house and looks on as exterminators cover the home with a tent to enclose the space prior to fumigation.
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Termite Damage and Dry Rot
Bob confers with contractor Al Stouse about the termite and dry rot damage on the roof overhangs. Next, Bob helps build and install new roof brackets, or outriggers.
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Deck Framing with Pressure-Treated Lumber
Rick Kleiner (from the Southern Forest Products Association) joins Bob to talk about using pressure-treated deck members. Such lumber resists fungal growth, termi...
All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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