Recent Insect Prevention Articles


Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

Don’t Bring Bed Bugs Home in Garage Sale Bargains

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 30, 2016

Ah! Summer and neighborhood garage sales go together like … bed bugs and mattresses!?!? Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but if you are a fan of garage or yard sales, thrift stores,...


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How to Get Rid of Spider Crickets

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 12, 2015

Beware the attack of the giant mutant crickets! While spider crickets are not actually members of the family of crickets -- or of spiders -- they are excellent jumpers and when frightened,...


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Get Rid of Dust Mites FAQs

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 27, 2015

A-h-h-h-choo! If you start sniffling, wheezing, and explosively sneezing when you find yourself in a dusty room, chances are you've got a dust allergy. And if you have a dust allergy,...


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Make Roach Pest Control a Priority

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 15, 2015

Cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests in houses and apartment buildings. They are also one of the most hated. Who wouldn’t cringe at the sight of dozens of roaches...


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How to Control Pests *Without* Chemicals

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 01, 2015

Cockroaches, mosquitoes, pantry moths, rats, and mice all have their place in the grand scheme of things. However, that place should not be inside your house. But how do you keep these...


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Bed Bugs and Fleas and Ticks! Goodbye

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 22, 2014

Insect bites are unpleasant and often painfully itchy. Even worse, they may lead to infection or spread dangerous diseases. Here is a guide to three common biting insects -- bed bugs,...


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15 Facts About Ants and How to Keep Them at Bay

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 07, 2014

1. Ants are related to wasps and bees (as evidenced by their trim abdomens, or "wasp waists"). All of these creatures are members of the insect order Hymenoptera. 2. Although human...


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Health and Safety Tips for Indoor DIY

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 27, 2014

If you are a serious lover of do-it-yourself, you rarely let anything slow you down. Day after day, you put in your time crafting, painting, building, growing … doing whatever...