How to Get Rid of Mice

Want to know how to get rid of mice? Here's our best list of techniques, everything from natural home remedies to store-bought live and kill traps.

How to get rid of mice
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In their proper context, I actually like mice. They're admirable for their resiliency, hardiness, and resourcefulness. As fuzzy little mammals with squished-together facial features, they're adorable to the point of absurdity. And heck, they even provided inspiration to a certain cartoonist named Walt for the main mascot of one my favorite places on the planet. Continue Reading

Home Guide: Getting Rid Of Squirrels

Wondering how to get rid of squirrels in your home, yard, or attic? Read on for our complete guide. 

how to get rid of squirrels
I think I'll burn down some houses today. Yes, that's what I'll do.

Fire, Flooding, and Poop.

 

Those are just a few things you can expect if you have squirrels or rodents in your attic. Since I’m in the process of evicting several squirrel families from my home (they never pay their rent on time), I wanted to learn everything I could about these little rodents. Continue Reading

Identify, Prevent, and Treat Outdoor Pests

I remember it like it was yesterday, walking through our soon-to-be home, rounding the corner through the swinging door and spotting our backyard for the very first time. It was perfect, with lush green grass, a huge oak and maples and a cedar fence lining the perimeter of the property line. We had hoped for a yard, but didn’t expect one, considering our modest budget and desire to live in the city.

What I didn’t see that day was the work it would take to keep that perfect yard looking perfect. Continue Reading

Identify, Prevent, and Treat In-Home Pests

There’s nothing quite like sitting down to enjoy my morning coffee and hearing a blood-curdling screech coming from the kitchen. I flash back to my superhero daydreams of childhood and jump up, adrenaline pumping, rushing out of the sunroom to save the day. Sprinting into the kitchen, I see the perpetrator: A dark black cockroach in the middle of our kitchen floor. Unfortunately, this has become a regular occurrence in our home.

As a first-time homeowner, the number of new responsibilities can be overwhelming. Continue Reading

Get Rid Of Those Pesky Fruit Flies

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit Flies like bananas. Heh heh.

Apartment Therapy's sister site Re-Nest has a VERY wily way to get rid of the pesky fruit flies that are frankly plaguing my very existence this year.

You'll need a

  • A glass (I'm actually using an old pasta sauce jar)
  • A piece of paper.
  • Some slightly icky fruit or some apple juice to lure the unsuspecting little rotters

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The picture is fairly self explanatory, you just roll the paper up, tape it and jam it up in top there. Continue Reading

Know Your Bugs.

I can't bear to turn on the AC yet, despite the 90-degree afternoons, so often, our doors are wide open to elements. And with the breezes comes the bugs, and lately we've been visited by some decidely complex looking creatures that my Biology-teacher mother didn't teach me as a kid.

Enter WHAT'S THAT BUG.COM, a charming database dedicated to, you guessed it, all your entymological inquiries, and some beautifully photographed from the insect world.

The Fiddler Beetle. Continue Reading

Use Irish Spring to Keep Out Garden Pests

Use Irish Spring to keep out garden pests
Garden pests eating my hostas!

Perennials are springing up everywhere. And the herbivores are loving it. The hostas pictured above are always the first course. Around here, the biggest culprit of garden dining are deer. Don’t believe me? I took the following picture of our back yard two years ago. Apparently, we are living in the Grand Central Station for the Bambi crowd.

Deer in backyard

Garden stores sell various deer and rabbit deterrents, but most are topical treatments that have to be applied after each rain or even heavy dew and, generally, they’re expensive. Continue Reading