Melissa Graham


Name: Melissa Graham 

Title: Contributing Writer

As a 2-year veteran of with more than 10 years of experience in the media industry, Melissa Graham has covered everything from the best gifts for new homeowners to how to remove a bird’s nest or move across the country. When she’s not wearing her writer’s hat, she’s chasing her two kids around their Dallas home, perfecting her baking skills, or reading the latest best-selling thriller.  

Expertise and Experience

Melissa has more than 10 years of experience in the media industry, and her expertise includes home improvement and design as well as buyer’s guides and DIY articles. As a digital editor of Kansas City Spaces Magazine, she spent 2 years writing features, assisting on photoshoots, managing social media accounts, and updating the magazine’s website. She’s interviewed the Property Brothers, met Chip and Joanna Gaines, and found herself in the homes of strangers while scouting renovation stories. Since then, she’s extended her passion for home decor and design to include home improvement, and she often writes about topics ranging from fascia board replacement to who to call when you spot mold in your home.

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8 Insects That May Be The Small Black Flying Bugs in Your House (That Aren't Fruit Flies)

Q: I keep seeing small black flying bugs in my house but they’re not fruit flies. What type of bug could they be, and how do I get rid of them? A: The short answer is that these small bla...

JUNE 6, 2023 | TUESDAY
Solved! What Does Termite Damage Look Like?

Q: Lately, my doors and windows are hard to open, and I’ve noticed small piles of wood around the house. What does termite damage look like? Should I contact someone to perform an inspect...

MAY 31, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! Why Does My Lawn Mower Keep Dying?

Q: I’ve tried to mow my lawn multiple times this week, but the lawn mower keeps dying. What could be causing it to stop running? Do I need to call a professional or buy a new mower, or is...

MAY 5, 2023 | FRIDAY
Solved! Here's How to Treat a Drought-Stressed Lawn

Q: It’s been really hot and dry where I live, and I’ve noticed brown patches in my yard. Do I have a drought-stressed lawn? If so, how do I treat it? A: Depending on the type of grass and...

MAY 5, 2023 | FRIDAY
Solved! Why Is My Grass Turning Yellow?

Q: I’ve been watering and mowing my lawn regularly, but I still see patches of dead grass. Why is my grass turning yellow, and what can I do? Can I treat the issue myself? A: Maybe the Be...

MAY 5, 2023 | FRIDAY
Solved! What Does It Mean When You See Termite Droppings but No Termites?

Q: Recently I’ve noticed termite droppings but no termitesinside my house. Does this still mean I could have an infestation? What other signs should I look for?A: Whether spotting termite...

MAY 1, 2023 | MONDAY
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes—and Keep Them From Coming Back

No matter where you live, it’s likely you’ll encounter mosquitoes when the temperatures rise. Mosquitoes tend to flock to warm, wet conditions, and standing water offers a breeding ground...

Solved! Here’s Who to Hire to Replace Subfloor

Q: I noticed recently how squeaky my floors are when I walk on them. Is this a sign my flooring or subflooring needs to be redone? How do I know who to hire to replace subfloor? A: Squeak...

APRIL 7, 2023 | FRIDAY
Termite Damage vs. Wood Rot: How To Know What's Eating Your Home

Wood makes up the structural support of many homes, so it’s important that the wood stays strong and healthy. But this isn’t always the case due to issues such as termites or rot. Many ho...

MARCH 10, 2023 | FRIDAY
How to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

The brown recluse spider has a bad reputation for a reason: It has a venomous bite that can cause symptoms such as fever, vomiting, and dizziness. In the event that they take up residence...