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    Cockroaches in the Home
    Cockroaches in the Home The stuff of urban legends, cockroach infestations are among those that homeowners fear the most. And they should. Not only are cockroaches extremely difficult to control, they're one of the leading causes of allergies, a...
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    Getting Rid of Bedbugs
    Getting Rid of Bedbugs Around the House Bedbugs can carry diseases, but they're not considered a serious disease threat. However, their bites can cause itching and inflammation. Both can be treated with topical antiseptic or antibiotic creams o...
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    Ant Infestations in the Home
    Ant Infestations in the Home Ants are considered a beneficial nuisance insect for their role in reducing dead and decaying plant and animal organic matter. Their nests also help aerate the soil. Many ant species have a fondness for aphid honeyde...
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    Spiders in the House
    Spiders in the House A Fine Mess Spiders tend to be more problematic in homes sited in wooded areas or that have naturalized landscaping, which are both ideal spider habitats. A beneficial predator, spiders are some of the most feared househol...
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    Animals in the Home
    Animals in the Home A Fine Mess While they can seem somewhat scary, most wild animals are harmless. However, this doesn't mean you should relax your guard around any animal that has entered your home. There's a chance the animal could be ill, an...
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    Reducing Rodent Numbers
    Reducing Rodent Numbers Once you've made your home less hospitable to your furry guests by sanitizing your house, it's time to eliminate the ones that have already taken up residence. There are several effective approaches for doing so, includin...
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    Recognizing Rodent Infestations
    Recognizing Rodent Infestations In the Nick of Time You can often identify the kind of rodent you're dealing with by the size and shape of their droppings. Mice, being the smaller of the two types, leave behind the smallest droppings, measuring ...
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    Mice and Rats in the Home
    Mice and Rats in the Home In the Nick of Time Thinking about scooping up your little intruder for a humane release outside? You might want to consider another approach. A released mouse can return to your home within minutes, using pheromones in...
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    Sanitizing Your Home to Keep Rodents Away
    Sanitizing Your Home to Keep Rodents Away Sanitation means keeping food away from rodents and making your home and its sur-roundings less rodent-friendly. Food Sanitation A Fine Mess All three control measures -- sanitation, rodent-proofing, an...
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    Taking on Termites
    Taking on Termites Around the House Depending on where you live, a soil pretreatment might have been required when your house was built. These treatments are typically covered by a multi-year warranty period, but problems can still happen, espe...
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    The Trouble with Termites
    The Trouble with Termites Termites are wood-eating insects. Although they like to eat things like trees and shrubs, they're also extremely fond of residential structures, as well as anything made of wood, including a wood product that's inside a...