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Pest Control How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our pest control step-by-step tips & ideas.

How to Remove Mole Crickets

Mole crickets are a major nuisance in any lawn, tunneling through soil and tearing up turfgrass. Read on to find out how to identify them, flush them out, and get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic

Do you have unwanted pests in your home? Read this guide on how to get rid of squirrels in the attic and learn how you can keep them away.

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How to Prevent Termite Damage

Learn how to beat these pulp-munching pests. See how to how to avoid turning your biggest investment into an insect gut job.

How to Get Rid of Gnats - 5 Ways

A gnat infestation is a common occurrence for many homeowners. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of gnats and how to prevent future infestations.

Tick Prevention Starts with…Mice?

Let the mice help you reduce the tick population

How to Get Rid of Lawn Grubs

If grubs have invaded your lawn, you have both all-natural options and chemical treatments to get rid of them. We’ll show you how.

How to Get Rid of Fleas

If you want to get rid of fleas for good, you need to be committed to vacuuming, steam cleaning, applying insecticides, and more.

How to Get Rid of Centipedes

Learn how to get rid of centipedes in your home and how to keep them away for good.

How to Get Rid of Ants

These perps may be building a home inside yours. Presenting three frequent intruders, and what to do when they come calling

How To Kill Ticks in Your Yard

Ticks are deeply unpleasant, blood-sucking pests that can carry and spread disease. Fortunately, a bit of preventative maintenance and some professional assistance can help keep your lawn tick-free. Keep reading to learn how to kill ticks in your yard.

How to Get Rid of Mice in the Walls

Knowing how to get rid of mice in your walls can put your mind at ease and minimize damage to your home.

How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers may be nice to look at, but they can also cause damage to your home and trees. Learn how to get rid of woodpeckers by reading this guide.

How to Get Rid of Snakes and Keep Them Away

Understanding how to control the snake population on your property is key to a comfortable outdoor living space.

How to Get Rid of Mice

When temperatures begin to drop in the fall, mice start hunting for a warm place to spend the winter (and multiply!). Read on for tips on how to keep mice out of your home.

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

Wondering about those moth-like flies hanging around your drains? Keep reading to learn about what attracts these pests and find out how to get rid of drain flies.

Your Guide to Mice Removal

If you’re struggling to get rid of your mice problem, you can tackle the infestation with traps and bait stations, or leave it in the hands of experienced professionals.

How Do You Get Rid of Termites?

There are several DIY ways to get rid of and prevent termites, but none are as effective as calling in a professional pest control company.

How to Get Squirrel-Proof Bulb Plantings 

Few sights can make your heart sink like watching the spring-flowering bulbs you just planted become food for four-legged foragers. Read these tips to keep squirrels from eating your freshly planted bulbs.


How to Select and Set Up a Mouse Trap

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook gives tips on the best ways to trap mice, and how to keep them out of a home.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

How do you know if you have a raccoon visiting your home? Read on to learn about the signs of raccoon activity, and how to remove them from your property safely and humanely.


How to Fight Aphids Naturally

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to tend to plants that are infested with aphids


Install a Critter-Proof Garden Fence

Use pressure-treated lumber to build a sturdy post-and-rail enclosure that prevents animals from swiping your veggies


How to Control Tropical Pests

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to control insect pests without the use of pesticides

How to Deal With Bed Bugs

Pro tips for kicking out these buggy bed companions

How to Deal With Moths That Munch

What attracts these pesky bugs and how to keep them from destroying your sweaters


How to Use a Propane Mosquito Trap

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how fuel-powered bug zappers work

Pest Control: How to Keep Furry Invaders Out

Five surefire ways to keep unwanted house guests from putting a damper on your holiday gatherings

13 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Here’s how to root out the invisible irritants that turn your home into a sick house and banish them for good.

20 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

Prevent Bambi from doing lasting damage to your landscape

Bat Removal: What You Need to Know

Bats in your belfry? The humane (and legal) way to remove them is through a process called "exclusion." Here's how.


How to Deal with Termites

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva consults with a professional exterminator about ridding a home of termites

How to Detect and Deter Termites

From trained dogs to high-tech listening devices, how to sniff out termites