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Insect Pests - Tips for Identifying and Controlling Problem Insects

If you're dealing with a garden pest, an infestation in your home, or just trying to avoid getting stung or bitten by insects, these articles will help you learn to identify and control insect pests.
  1. Beneficial Insects (10)
  2. Garden Pests (14)
  3. Household Pests (22)
  4. Stinging or Biting Insects (16)

Flies - How to Control Flies in the Home and Yard
Flies are common pests in the home and yard, but they do pose a health risk. A single house fly can carry over one million bacteria on its body. Control of filth flies involves good sanitation practices supplemented with barriers and traps.

How to Manage Insects in Firewood
Firewood can harbor insects, from boring beetles to carpenter ants. Invasive insects transported in firewood can infest new areas, leading to the loss of thousands of trees. You can minimize insect problems by collecting and storing your firewood properly.

Alien Invasive Insects - What Are Alien Invasive Insects?
Some organisms, including insects, are referred to as alien invasive species or exotic invasive species. Put simply, these organisms were introduced, intentionally or accidentally, into an ecosystem outside their own and managed to thrive. Alien invasive species can tip the balance in an ecosystem, sometimes with serious environmental and economic consequences.

Ground Bees
Ground bees may be a nuisance in the lawn or garden, but they're also an important beneficial insect. Learn to identify ground bees, and how to control ground bee nests.

When Should I Use a Bug Bomb?
Are you sure a bug bomb is the best choice for your pest problem? Bug bombs don't work well on all insects. When used incorrectly, these home pesticide products can be hazardous, too. Learn how to weigh the risks and rewards of using a bug bomb, before you choose to use one.

Japanese Beetle Traps - Do Japanese Beetle Traps Work?
If you have Japanese beetles in your yard or garden, the last thing you should do is hang a Japanese beetle trap. Here's why these traps are more hype than hope.

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they've established themselves in a dwelling. What makes it so hard to get rid of bed bugs?

Why Are Bed Bugs Making a Comeback?
Bed bugs are making headlines, as a rise in bed bug infestations hits cities and towns all over the world. Why are bed bugs making a comeback?

Why Do Box Elder Bugs Invade My House Each Fall, and What Do I Do About Them?
Box elder bugs are seldom noticed during the summer, but when cooler temperatures start to take hold, they aggregate for warmth. These red and black bugs often make their way indoors, where they can become a nuisance in the home.

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
When it comes to mosquitoes, it's not the bite that's the problem. It's the annoying itch that persists for days after the mosquito has finished its meal. Why do mosquito bites itch, anyway?

Will the 17-Year Cicadas Damage My Trees?
Periodical cicadas, sometimes called 17-year locusts, emerge from the ground by the thousands every 13 or 17 years. Homeowners may be concerned about damage to their landscapes or gardens.

How to Identify Fire Ants
Wondering if you've got a fire ant problem? Learn how to identify fire ants before you reach for a pesticide unnecessarily.

Insect Galls in Your Landscape or Garden
Will insect galls damage my trees or shrubs? How do I control insect galls on my plants?

What Are Galls?
You can see evidence of insects everywhere, especially on plants. Galls on leaves, twigs, buds, stems, and roots are most often the result of insect activity. What, exaclty, are galls?

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