Does Peppermint Oil Repel Wasps, Yellow Jackets, and Hornets?

peppermint oil for wasps

No one wants wasps flying near their home as these insects are dangerous and can sting you multiple times. So, how do you get rid of a wasp nest when you discover one near your home? The obvious choice would be some commercial wasp killing spray or wasp traps but in many cases, you don’t … Read more

How Long Can Cockroaches Live Without Food or Water?

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There’s an old saying: The only things that will survive a nuclear winter are cockroaches and Twinkies. Well, Family Guy already proved that Twinkies can last forever, but what about roaches? Just how long can cockroaches survive without food or water, and how long can they live overall? Let’s take a moment to look at … Read more

How to Prevent Frogs From Entering Your Home

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There are many pros and cons to having frogs on your property. But sometimes the frog population begins to get too big for the insect population to provide adequate food. Knowing how to prevent frogs from entering house and home isn’t some well-kept secret. However, it can seem like an uphill battle if you aren’t … Read more

Are Frogs Harmful to Have Around Your Home?

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Frogs are a popular addition to aquariums and are often welcome as garden protectors, but are they really safe to have around? There are many species out there that release dangerous toxins when threatened. So how do you know if you’re dealing with poisonous frog species or safe ones, and what other potential problems could they … Read more

How to Get Rid of Egyptian Cockroaches

egyptian cockroach

What looks like a beetle, is scientifically named after a beetle, can sometimes fly, but isn’t a beetle? It’s the Egyptian sand cockroach (Polyphaga aegyptiaca), a popular food for pet lizards. While not a common pest in the US, escapees from breeders and pet owners can result in an infestation. Let’s take a look at … Read more

Have Flying Squirrels in Your Attic or Walls? (How to Get Rid of Them)

flying squirrels in attic

Flying squirrels are extremely acrobatic members of the squirrel family, gliding from tree to tree, making 90-degree turns mid-air, and landing with ease. What enables them to do these amazing things is a fleshy membrane of skin that extends from each wrist to each ankle, as well as a long, flattened tail for steering and … Read more

Raccoon Living In Your Chimney? (Here’s What To Do and NOT Do)

raccoon in chimney

Raccoons think of chimneys as a perfect condominium, similar to the hollowed out tree they normally make their homes in. So it’s no surprise when they find an uncapped chimney with no other raccoons inside, they’re tempted to take up residence and you wind up with a raccoon in your chimney. Sometimes it’s a solitary … Read more

How to Remove a Bird (and Its Nest) From Your Vent

bird nest in vent

Have you heard odd noises coming from your bathroom vent? Or seen birds flying in and out of one? Maybe you’ve noticed nesting materials poking out? If so, you’re not the only one dealing with uninvited feathered guests. Lots of homeowners discover that birds view many exterior vents as perfect spots to build nests. These … Read more

Can You Kill a Cockroach By Stepping on It? (and Should You?)

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When dealing with bugs in the home, your first instinct is to either run or kill them. Squashing tends to be the preferred method for killing a wide range of pests, such as the housefly or (if you’re skilled enough) fleas. But can you step on a cockroach to kill it, and is it even … Read more