Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellents Really Work?

Read this article to find out if electronic ultrasonic pest control devices really help eliminate rats, mice, and insects in your home.

Black Snakes: What You Should Know

Black rat snakes and black racers are nonvenomous reptiles. Here are debunked myths about these creatures and how to handle close encounters with them.

How to Make a Squirrel and Raccoon Bird Feeder Baffle

Even if you love animals, it's frustrating when greedy squirrels and raccoons empty the bird feeder in a few short hours. If raccoons and squirrels are eating you out of house and home, here's a simple solution. This DIY squirrel and raccoon baffle is easy to make, costs little in materials, and is sure to befuddle even the craftiest of critters. Read on to find out how to build it.
Pile of dirt from hole in yard.

Identifying the Cause of Holes in Your Lawn

Jan asks, “My lawn is full of holes. What could be causing them, and what should I do about it?”

Small holes in your lawn are almost always caused by a digging or burrowing creature, and before you can address the problem you have to identify the cause.
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How to Keep Mice, Rats, and Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders

Mary Lou asks, “We love feeding birds, but they drop seeds on our balcony which attracts mice and rats. What can we do to keep rodents away?” Birds and rodents both love to eat seeds. Try these tips to discourage rodents from your bird feeder.

10 Must-Know Facts About Snakes — Read to Stay Safe!

Since snakes are cold-blooded and must seek out places to regulate their body temperature, spring and fall are seasons of increased snake activity. Read on to find out how to avoid snakes in your lawn or garden.
Carpenter bee flying

How to Deal with Carpenter Bees

Chances are you've been buzzed by carpenter bees when working outside your home, and you may also have the telltale holes in your wood where the bees build their nests.

Lawn Treatments That Are Safe for Birds

Jean asks, “Are there any lawn treatments that are safe for birds?”

Pesticides, can be highly toxic to birds, both by directly poisoning them and altering the ecosystem they depend on for survival. Read on to find out how to keep your lawn safe for birds.
Vole in yard near plants

How to Deal with Voles (Field Mice) in Your Yard or Garden

Voles, a.k.a. field or meadow mice, are little brownish grayish rodents that can cause damage to your lawn or garden; including vanishing bulbs, gnawed bark, crippled roots, nibbled stems, and pathways in the lawn. Read on for some tips on how to control voles in your yard.