pantry pests

As the people in Pittsburgh’s North Hills become increasingly dedicated to their health and quality of life, many are buying more real food and cooking their meals themselves.

To keep this practice affordable, people often purchase food in bulk and store it at home – which is a great strategy, as long as humans are the only ones eating your groceries.

But if you have mice, cockroaches, or other disease-carrying pantry pests crawling around in your stored food, that can more than negate the health and financial benefits of your nutritious bulk purchases!

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Overwintering stink bugs

Overwintering Stink Bugs: What to do About Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

As Thanksgiving Day draws near, many of us are getting ready for an influx of guests. Unfortunately, in the midst of preparing for fun and festivities, some people are discovering a different and much less welcome type of visitor in their home: brown marmorated stink bugs.

These malodorous, shield-shaped insects have been taking up residence in people’s homes, sometimes by the thousands. Once they’re established, they start getting into everything – your clothes, your belongings, even your food.

Killing them just makes the smell even worse, so many people are at a loss for how to handle them.

Why do they enter your buildings, and what can you do about them?

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holes in clothes

Holes in Clothes

Have you ever had one of those days when you opened your closet, pulled out your favorite sweater, and found a bunch of little holes in it?

Those tiny tears weren’t there before, and you don’t remember abusing the sweater, so why is it suddenly damaged beyond the point of being presentable in public?

And, more importantly, how can you keep this from happening again?

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ticks are in those woods

Do-It-Yourself Tick Yard Treatment and Tick Bite Prevention

If you spend any amount of time outside, there’s a chance you could be bitten by a wood tick. And as the leaves begin to really fall this weekend – there are lots of opportunities to be in the wrong place.

This is especially likely if deer, birds or rodents frequent your area, or if there are shrubs, dense undergrowth or tall grass on your property or in the area where you’re hiking or vacationing or performing leaf removal.

While most tick bites don’t case any significant health problems, some ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, relapsing fever, Colorado tick fever, and babesiosis, as well as tick paralysis.

On top of all of that, having a bloodsucking bug latch onto you is just plain gross.

In this article, we’ll explain how to identify ticks, keep them off your yard, protect yourself when you visit or live in an area where ticks live, and rid your yard of the pests if they’ve taken up residence.

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Fall Pest Prevention

Fall: that magical time when the leaves change color, the weather gets cool and all kinds of tiny animals decide that your house looks warm and they should go inside.

Some of these fall pests can cause major problems, especially if their presence goes unnoticed long enough for them to harm your family or home.

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Insect Spray

When you’re just trying to enjoy the outdoors, but swarms of insects won’t stop trying to eat you alive, it can be tempting to douse yourself and your kids in bug spray.

Using insect repellent can protect you and your family from dangerous insect-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus, but some brands and ingredients are safer than others.

It’s important to use bug spray safely, especially when you’re putting it on young children or using it frequently.

In this article, we’ll explore some insect spray ingredients, how they can affect your health, and how to reduce your risk of spray-induced illnesses.

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