Bye bye, yellow fly!

Saying goodbye to pests in your home and yard

Bye bye, yellow fly! Yellow Fly, image courtesy of MA Zumbado/INBio, courtesy of Flickr CC

Summer time is here, which means lazy afternoons by the pool or grill, lounging in the backyard, resting peacefully…until..YOW! Those flies bite! Learn a bit more about the pesky yellow fly, and what you can do to combat it.

Problems with Opossums? The humble Opposum - photo by Dawn Huczek

The poor opossum: loved by few, scoffed at by many, and labelled as little more than a dumb animal that merits either a shotgun blast or bludgeon. He is rabid, hisses, eats children, defecates where he wants, runs one out of house and home…The list goes on.

So you have a mole cricket invasion Curbing your mole cricket invasion - Image courtesy of gb_packards

Sure, they look like a cricket on steroids. Yes, they have apparently wicked claws. But, other than appearance, they are not harmful to you. However, your yard is an entirely different matter. Join us as we discuss the best ways to rid your lawn of mole crickets.

Dealing with winter pests Winterize your home against unwanted pests.

With the onset of winter, we tend to spend more time in our cozy, warm homes. Unfortunately, unwanted critters also tend to flock to this source of warmth…From mice and squirrels to other, larger pests.

Crush those cockroaches, naturally! A natural remedy to remove cockroaches, image courtesy of Neil T.

There is nothing quite as repulsive as a roach scuttling across the floor. Unfortunately, one roach usually leads to many, so it is a problem that needs to be dealt with decisively, before the roaches run you out of your own home.

Raccoons can spell DANGER for household pets. Raccoons are cute critters, but they can pose a danger to your household pets.  Image courtest of Rev. Xanatos Santanicos Bombasticos.

If you have cats and/or small dogs, you know that they enjoy the outdoors; exploring is in their nature. That being said, many household pets are at a disadvantage in the outdoors, especially when it comes to other, wild animals.

Chasing away Raccoons Raccoons on the run!  - Photo courtesy of docentjoyce

Raccoons are always thought of as cute, inquisitive creatures, with a penchant for mischief and fun. Although this can be true, they can also be a rather troublesome nuisance in your home and garden (and they can be mean to boot!).

Those dirty little mice…What can you do to get rid of them? Once mice get in a home, they can be difficult to get rid of.

A lot of people think mice are cute. From Mickey Mouse, to Mighty Mouse, to Jerry, they can be cute in cartoons and movies with French chefs. But, the reality is that mice can be damaging to your home.

Keeping armadillo damage in check Despite their cute, armored appearance, armadillos can be quite destructive to a yard or garden.

Despite their cute, armored appearance, armadillos can cause tremendous damage in yards, gardens and golf courses.

Getting rid of groundhogs Groundhogs like to burrow, and they have a penchant for eating the nice greens in your yard and garden.  However, you can keep them away from your garden without killing them.

Groundhog Day aside, groundhogs are actually interesting creatures (I hear that they make a great stew, but I have yet to put that to the test).  That being said, they can be nuisances in the garden, but there are non-lethal ways to control them.