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If You See a Dryer Sheet in Your Mailbox, This Is What It Means

There's actually a really good reason for it...

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How to Identify and Get Rid of Aphids on Outdoor Plants

Fast-multiplying aphids spell nothing but trouble for your home garden. Here are our tips for identifying and ridding your plants...


Best Tick Repellents For Your Yard

Worried about ticks? Don't be! Here are the best ways to get those tiny intrusive pests out of your yard.


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What Are Lawn Grubs and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

A few grub worms are no problem. A lot of grubs spell trouble for your yard. Learn how to spot,...


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10 Lawn Pests That Can Cause Problems

Spring brings showers, flowers and — unfortunately — many lawn pests. Here's a collection of the most common invaders you...

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7 Ways to Keep Pests Out of Your Cabin

Use these savvy strategies to keep unwanted critters from invading your log cabin, summer home or cottage this vacation season.


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How to Stop Mole Crickets From Damaging Your Lawn

Mole crickets are one of the most destructive turf grass pests in the southeastern U.S. Here's how to send them...

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Are Chinch Bugs Eating My Lawn?

Despite their tiny size, chinch bugs can wreak havoc on your lawn. Here's how to spot an infestation and get...


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What Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth can be used for everything from deodorizers to tick and flea powder. Its loyal fans find many more...


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5 Deer-Resistant Flowers for Spring

Tired of watching your tulips come up in spring, only to be eaten back down to the ground? Plant these...


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7 Natural Ways to Keep Bees and Ants Away From Hummingbird Feeders

Pests be gone! Discover seven smart ways to keep bees, wasps and ants away from your hummingbird feeders.


The Most Insane Pest Control Ideas

Some of these wacky pest control ideas may not work for you, but others swear by them. If you have...


10 Bee Friendly Plants to Have in Your Yard

Even if you aren't a beekeeper, there are still plenty of reasons to encourage bees to inhabit your garden or...


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How to Get Rid of Indoor Plant Bugs

Learn how to eliminate and prevent bugs on indoor plants, including aphids, mites, mealy bugs, scale, fungus gnats and more.


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The Best Insect Repellents for Your Deck and Patio

Sick of bugs ruining your outdoor gatherings? The right insect repellent can help control creepy critters in your yard.

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Deals We Love: Lawn Care and Pest Control Subscriptions

These home maintenance subscriptions take the guesswork out of lawn care and pest control.


8 Bugs You Should Never Kill In Your Garden

No one likes bugs. Well, unless you're an entomologist. But not all bugs are created equal, especially when it comes...


8 Mosquito-Repelling Plants You Need in Your Backyard ASAP

Why invest in pesticides or bug sprays to control mosquitoes when you can repel them naturally with plants?


10 Natural Ways to Eliminate Garden Insect Pests

Looking for ways to eliminate garden insect pests without resorting to pesticides? Get our tips for controlling harmful garden bugs,...


7 Tick Repellents That Work (Plus 2 That Might Not)

Ticks are most active during warmer months and can carry debilitating diseases, so it's important to protect yourself before you...


How to Get Rid of the 10 Worst Garden Insects

As if weeds and weird weather weren't bad enough, gardeners also have to face insect pests. Here's a look at...


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Bugs That are Actually Good for Your Garden

Among the hundreds of thousands of bug species, some are really beneficial for your yard. Discover the good bugs for...


7 Non-Toxic Ways to Keep Slugs and Snails Out of Your Garden

They're slimy, slithery and such a nuisance. See how you can keep slugs and snails from running roughshod over your...

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11 Worst Garden Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

They may be cute, but birds and mammals can wreak havoc in your garden. Here are some of the most...


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These Plants Will Keep Bugs Out of Your Garden

Not everyone is comfortable spraying or sprinkling pest repellents in their yard. If you're in this camp, try these plants...


10 Secret Kitchen Ingredients That Can Help Your Garden Grow

These common kitchen pantry ingredients will bring new life and color to your garden.


Tips and Tools for Achieving Better Painting Results

Seasoned professional painters have learned from experience what paint works best in any situation, what equipment is durable and yields...


6 Surprising Facts About Bats

Get to know the misunderstood marvels that benefit your garden. Check out these fun facts about bats.


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10 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Bees

Think you know everything there is to know about bees? Guess again.