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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.

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How to Get Rid of Cicadas

Cicadas may not be as annoying as other bugs that sting or bite, but they can be a noisy nuisance. If these pesky critters invade your property, here are ways to minimize their presence.
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How to Get Rid of Frogs in Your Yard

Frogs can be an adorable addition to your yard or garden—or they can be a headache. As a homeowner, you’ll have to decide if you want to keep frogs away or not. Here are some tips on what to do if frogs are hopping around your property. 

How to Get Rid of Birds on Your Property

Harming or trapping most wild birds is illegal, so we’ll show you how to get rid of birds on your property by using harmless, non-chemical deterrents and repellents.

How to Get Rid of Earwigs

Earwigs don’t actually have a thing for your ears. Instead, they prefer your yard waste and aphids. Find out how to get rid of earwigs and make your home a less friendly environment to these pests.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Though carpenter ants rarely bite, they can damage your home by hollowing out wooden support structures. Here’s how to get rid of carpenter ants by using insecticide, desiccants, or baits.

How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles can destroy household goods like wool carpets and linen clothing. In this review, we discuss how to identify carpet beetles in your home and methods for getting rid of these pesky insects.

How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles can wreak havoc on your outdoor plants, garden, and lawn. In this review, we give you tips on how to identify a Japanese beetle infestation and get rid of these damaging insects.

How to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

Only a few types of spiders are dangerous to humans. Unfortunately, the brown recluse is one of them. Learn how to prevent an infestation and keep these spiders from coming back.

How to Get Rid of German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are pretty common household pests, and their quick reproductive cycle and resistance to pesticides make them challenging to eliminate. We’ll show you how to get rid of German cockroaches and keep an infestation from returning.

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

Skunk spray is one of the most recognizable and difficult smells to remove from homes, pets, and outdoor areas. But with these tips, you’ll be able to trade those funky, pungent odors for fresh air.

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 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 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.

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 Ladybugs

Ladybugs may be helpful gardeners, but they don’t make very good house guests. Follow our guide on how to get rid of ladybugs when you find yourself with an infestation.

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 Gnats

Frustrated by buzzing creatures following you around the house? Our guide will teach you both how to get rid of gnats and how to prevent future infestations.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

Tick Prevention Starts with…Mice?

Let the mice help you reduce the tick population

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 Fight Aphids Naturally

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

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.
critter-proof garden fence built by Mark Powers

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

3 Nontoxic Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Backyard BBQ

Enjoy the great outdoors—and your outdoor festivities—without blood-thirsty mosquitoes crashing the party

How to Get Rid of Moths

Read this guide to learn how to tackle moth infestations and prevent them from happening in the first place.