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How To: Get Rid of Squash Bugs
If you pride yourself in growing your own pumpkin—or cucumbers, squash, and other gourds—then you might be familiar w...
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Video: How to Get Rid of Spiders
Although spiders are a great help in the garden—catching flies and other creepy crawlers—most of us would prefer not ...
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How To: Get Rid of Flying Ants
Flying ants may seem more formidable than their tiny ant counterparts. Interestingly, though, flying ants—also known ...
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10 Reasons Bugs Love Your Home
Despite having tiny wings and dozens of legs, insects aren’t entirely different from people. They require sleep, food, and shelter to survive—and like you, they m...
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Solved! What to Do About Woodpecker Damage
Q: Woodpeckers recently swooped in on my property and did a number on my cedar tree, siding, and roof. How do I plug ...
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How To: Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs
Homeowners with seed-bearing boxelder trees on their property may be all too familiar with the insects that lay eggs ...
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How To: Get Rid of Mealybugs
At first glance, mealybugs definitely don’t look like your typical pest. Their 1/16- to 1/8-inch-long bodies are whit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Say Goodbye to Fruit Flies with This 3-Step DIY
Fruit flies may be tiny, but they can be a huge pain. If your arms are tired from all that swatting, here's a homemad...
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How To: Get Rid of Aphids
Are your garden plants stunted, shriveled, yellowing, or curling at the leaves, despite your best efforts to keep the...
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How To: Get Rid of Snakes
They may be perceived as sneaky, slimy, and scary, but most snakes are not dangerous to humans. And, to their credit,...
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How To: Get Rid of Ticks
Ticks are a fact of outdoor life throughout the United States. These blood-feeding arachnids become active every year...
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Video: What to Do If You've Been Skunked
 Find yourself in a stinky situation? If a skunk strikes close to home (or in your home!), take action against the un...
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How To: Make and Use Your Own Deer Repellent
Deer are delightful romping through the forest but can wreak havoc in a garden, decimating vegetables, fruit trees, l...
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How To: Get Rid of Rabbits
While children love big-eared Bugs Bunny chomping on a carrot, gardeners can identify closely with his cartoon nemesi...
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8 Weirdly Effective Ways to Treat a Bug Bite
When the weather warms up, people spend more time outside. Unfortunately, mosquitoes, flies, and other biting insects have the same idea. These winged pests see y...
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Bob Vila Radio: Top Tips for Evicting Trespassing Squirrels
Hearing strange scurrying sounds coming from the attic? No, your mind isn't playing tricks on you. The more likely ex...
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How To: Catch a Mouse
No horror movie can match the terror of a mouse skitter across the living room floor at night—because where there’s o...
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10 Bugs That Are Living in Your House—and How to Get Them Out!
Bugs, like all creatures, have their rightful place on this earth. But nobody wants that place to be in their home. Like it or not, insects and all manner of cree...
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How To: Get Rid of Spider Mites
Tiny, sap-sucking arachnids known as spider mites can be a problem any time of year, out in your garden and plaguing ...
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5 Pests That May Be Living in Your Gutters—And What You Can Do About It
Day after day, largely unnoticed, gutters perform a critically important role by channeling storm water and snowmelt a safe distance away from your home. At least...
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A Guide to Protecting Your Greatest Investment from Wood-Destroying Insects
One of the biggest threats to your home can come in the form of small pests—from termites to carpenter ants to beetle...
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Solved! What to Do About Squirrels in the Attic
Q: I keep hearing noise coming from upstairs and am fairly sure that a family of squirrels has taken up residence in ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stop Deer in Their Tracks
You might enjoy their pastoral presence, but there’s no doubt that deer wreak havoc on garden vegetables, plants, and...
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How To: Get Rid of Ladybugs
A healthy outdoor ladybug population is a good thing. Gardeners appreciate their voracious appetite for the destructi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Extinguishing Fire Ants
Although fire ants are more common in southern states, they can thrive nearly anywhere. Ranging from reddish brown to...
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Solved! What to Do About Wasps
Q: I’ve found not one but multiple wasps hanging out inside my house over the past few days, but no nest. Where could...
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8 Ways You're Making Your Mosquito Problem Worse
Mosquitoes are an unfortunate reality of summer. As soon as the weather warms up and the humidity rises, any small body of stagnant water can become an instant br...
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How To: Get Rid of Weevils
No matter how scrupulously you clean your kitchen, you may still open your cabinets one day to find them crawling wit...
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How To: Make Your Own Ant Trap
If you see an ant or two, chances are you’ll see more—many more—especially if there's something tasty lying around ne...
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Bob Vila Radio: Keeping Backyard Mosquitos at Bay
With Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses on the rise, it’s a good idea to take a close look at the mosquito contr...
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How To: Get Rid of Caterpillars
A love of gardening often goes hand in hand with a hatred toward the pests that pervade the fruits of your labor, bot...
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Genius! Kill Off Fruit Flies with 3 Kitchen Basics
When you get back from the grocery store with bags full of juicy strawberries, peaches, and cherries, your kids won’t...
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8 Signs You May Have Mice
Do you hear suspicious scrabbling behind your walls? Are you finding questionable black pellets in the basement? Does your pantry have a sharp, musky odor? Chance...
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How To: Get Rid of a Skunk
Nocturnal and relatively shy, skunks aren’t often seen—but they certainly are smelled! Though the black-and-white cre...
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How To: Get Rid of Crows
The bald eagle may be our national symbol, but virtually every American has encountered the crow. These highly intell...
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How To: Get Rid of Grubs
They don’t care who you are or where you live. You won’t see them coming, and by the time they make their presence kn...
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3 Fixes for a Mosquito-Filled Backyard
Their vampire-like tendencies and itchy bites make mosquitoes a nuisance in any setting, but they're especially aggra...
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9 Best Buys for a Bug-Free Home
It seems like annoying bugs are everywhere this time of year. Whether they're destroying plants in your garden, infesting your kitchen, or buzzing around your ear...
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How To: Get Rid of Voles
If you’ve never actually seen a vole, it’s not surprising. The 7-inch-long rodent also known as a meadow mouse is rat...
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How To: Get Rid of Fire Ants
Millions of people and animals are swarmed and stung every year by fire ants. Their burning (hence the name) bites ar...
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How To: Get Rid of Waterbugs
When most homeowners refer to a "waterbug," they're actually employing a delicate colloquialism for an insect whose m...
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How To: Get Rid of Crickets
The chirping of crickets in the yard: It's a familiar hallmark of summer, and for plenty of homeowners it's a pleasan...
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How To: Get Rid of Carpet Beetles
They enter your home in a myriad of ways: hitching rides on cut flowers, clothing, or pets, or simply flying though o...
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How To: Get Rid of Gophers
Even if you’re not an avid cultivator of prized begonias or caretaker of an expensive golf course like Bill Murray’s ...
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3 Fixes for Dust Mites
Though far from pleasant to think about, there’s a good chance your home is ridden with dust mites—microscopic organi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solving a Ladybug Infestation
This winter, you may find yourself with uninvited guests—orange-red Asian ladybugs. Imported to combat garden pests, ...
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How To: Get Rid of Bagworms
Notice an inexplicable mass destruction, yellowing, or defoliation in your evergreens? A close and careful look throu...
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How To: Get Rid of Gnats
Although they can't really harm you, gnats are certainly annoying. The mere presence in your house of these pesky ins...
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How To: Get Rid of Centipedes
Centipedes, with no shortage of legs and alarming speed, seem to have been designed to make squeamish homeowners shri...
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9 Savvy Tactics for Wintertime Pest-Proofing
You may not like to think so, but homeowners and household pests share at least one similarity—namely, the need for shelter. In the temperate months, you probably...
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How To: Get Rid of Stink Bugs
Stop! If you encounter an unfamiliar pest in your home, think twice before swatting it with a magazine. If you do any...
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How To: Get Rid of Silverfish
Don't let the name fool you: Silverfish are nothing like the goldfish you nurtured as pets in your childhood bedroom....
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Calm in the Swarm: Reclaiming the Yard When Wasps Attack
Under normal circumstances, I would have hated to give up on something I’d so eagerly anticipated. But I have to admi...
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Your Complete Guide to Pest-Proofing This Fall
From the return of football on the weekends to the arrival of pumpkin coffee at the local donut shop, there are so ma...
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13 Home Improvements That Are Illegal to DIY
Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC...
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How To: Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent
Mention DEET in a crowded room, and you're likely to hear a chorus of different opinions regarding its toxicity and h...
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How To: Get Rid of Slugs
Even the smallest slugs play a big role in the ecosystem, feeding on decomposing matter and in turn providing protein...
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A Dozen 10-Minute DIYs for a Pest-Free Home
Nothing spoils a backyard barbecue faster than a swarm of bugs moving in on the food and beverage stations. For that matter, you probably don’t want creepy-crawli...
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Bob Vila Radio: Controlling Carpenter Bees
Given enough time, carpenter bees can bring down an entire house. The good news: These bees prefer to nest in untreat...
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How To: Make a DIY Wasp Trap
Nothing can ruin a summer barbecue or evening by the pool like the threat of a wasp’s sting. Mind you, wasps aren’t a...
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10 Essential Tips to Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling
<p>Everyone looks forward to summer vacation, but unwary travelers may get more than they bargain for when checking into a hotel: bed bugs. Though small in size a...
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Quick Tip: Keeping Ants Out of Your Sandbox
Ants are one of those annoying pests that seem to pop up everywhere they're unwanted during the summer—picnics, kitch...
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10 Plants to Grow for a Pest-Proof Yard
It’s inevitable—just as you sit down to enjoy a quiet moment in the garden, the irritating buzz of an insect approaches. Your hopes of enjoying a cup of coffee in...
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How To: Get Rid of Drain Flies
Drain flies, also known as moth flies, are a common nuisance in many homes. These pests live and breed inside your pl...
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Quick Tip: What to Do If a Bird Flies into Your House
Cracking the windows is an effective way to air out your house in the summer—but an open window can also be an open i...
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Un-Invite Bugs to Your Summer Soiree
There’s no time like summertime. It’s a season of pool parties with the pattering of chlorine-soaked feet trailing in...
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How To: Prevent Bugs from Ruining Your Backyard BBQ
With the official start of summer just days away, we can’t help but think about the coming days of relaxing by the po...
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1 Surprising Key to a Bug-Free Backyard
For many homeowners, summer means one thing: spending time outdoors. Whether we're lounging on the porch or entertain...
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Bob Vila Radio: Separating Squirrels from Your Bird Feeder
What’s the best way to keep those persistent squirrels from pigging out at your bird feeder? Here's an assortment of ...
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7 Facts About Cockroaches You Won't Want to Believe
With ancestors tracing back more than 280 million years, cockroaches have been around for an incomprehensibly long time, and they're here to stay. Because no othe...
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8 Ways to Combat Garden Pests
There's nothing that can stand in the way of your best garden ever—until the pests arrive, that is. Perhaps your harvest is being raiding by tiny aphids, cabbage-...
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10 Time-Tested Tricks for a Bug-Free Backyard
While insects are important in the chain of life, their buzzing and biting can ruin a backyard picnic. Take note and then take aim using these 10 tips that will h...
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How To: Get Rid of Flies in the House
As warm weather sweeps in, so does an annual nuisance—houseflies. The small, black, buzzy critters that land on your ...
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Got Pests? Expert Advice to Deter Unwanted Houseguests
The blooming flowers, sunny skies, and much-anticipated return of warmer weather across the country are not the only ...
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How To: Get Rid of Squirrels
Don't let the bushy tails fool you. They may be cute and and bright-eyed, but if left unchecked, squirrels can do an ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Repelling Raccoons
Different people have different opinions about raccoons. Some think they're terrible pests, while others consider the...
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How To: Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
Fleas are irritating—not only for pets but also for people. If you have fleas in the house, you can usually expect so...
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How To: Get Rid of Spiders
You can try to focus on the fact that spiders are theoretically beneficial to the home and garden, being that they sn...
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7 House Sounds You Never Want to Ignore
Homes make strange noises on a regular basis, from groaning and creaking to popping and scratching. As a homeowner, you should be able to tell whether that noise ...
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How To: Get Rid of Raccoons
Sure, raccoons are sort of cute, but know this: If it feels threatened, a raccoon can be dangerous, particularly if i...
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How To: Get Rid of Pantry Moths
Like their closet-lurking cousins, pantry moths are destructive pests. Act fast before they eat through (and lay eggs...
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How To: Prevent or Eliminate Closet Moths
Tineola bisselliella, the common clothes moth, wreaks havoc on wardrobes, destroying shirts and socks, pants and swea...
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How To: Get Rid of Bats
The good news: Bats are not aggressive. The bad news: If there are bats in your house, it&#39;s only a matter of time bef...
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Terrifying Truth About Termites
What's keeping you up at night? Basement flooding? Bathroom mold? What about termites?It's possible that among the ma...
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11 Ways to Get Rid of Mice
<p>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 ca...
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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&#39;s unmistakable, even when you&#39;re in the passenger seat of a car, with the windows clo...
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How To: Get Rid of Moles
There&#39;s no mistaking when a mole or two have invaded your lawn and garden. Though you&#39;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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8 High-Tech Bug Zappers for Your Backyard
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: Get Rid of 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 Tips: 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&#39;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...
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