10 Tips to Keep Mice Out of Your Garage and Car

Your garage provides a convenient space to park your car and store seasonal items. However, the dark, warm spaces in your garage can also encourage rodent infestations, especially if you live in a rural or wooded area.

In your garage, mice can nibble through your boxes and expose your family to rodent-carried diseases. If mice infiltrate your car, they can cause electrical shortages and mechanical problems that prevent safe vehicle operation.

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8 Household Problem Areas Where Rats May Nest (And How to Prevent Infestation)

Rats often become attracted to homes because the buildings provide a constant source of food, water, and shelter.

As with most pest infestations, your best bet for avoiding rat-related damage is preventing rats from nesting on your property in the first place. In this blog, we discuss the conditions that make a home appealing to rats, list eight common areas where rats nest, and provide guidelines for keeping rats away.

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3 Harmless Pests That You Might Consider Removing, and 3 Pests You Should Always Remove

Whether you've noticed signs of rats, ants, centipedes, or flies, all pests are annoying by their very definition. However, not all pest problems are created equal. While some pests, like bed bugs, create a huge annoyance, and other pests, like black widows, pose a dangerous threat, others, like aphids, are nothing more than a nuisance.

Below, we'll discuss a few pests that you can remove if you want to but that won't necessarily harm you or your property. We'll also list three pests that you should remove as soon as you notice them to avoid serious structural damage or the spread of disease.

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Debug and Debunk: The Truth About 6 Bug Myths

Recall the Aesop's fable, "The Ant and the Grasshopper." Remember how the grasshopper had fun all summer, only to beg for food from the hardworking ants when winter arrived? Does that moral tale have any basis in biological fact?

Not much. Grasshoppers do not steal food from ants. In fact, in cold climates, most grasshoppers die when temperatures drop. They don't store food to live on in cold weather, and their bodies aren't equipped to live through the chilly winter (except as unhatched eggs).

The story of the grasshopper and the ant is the source of only one myth about the insect and arachnid world. Discover the truth about six other bug myths below.

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No Buzzing in the House: 4 Preventative Steps Against Indoor Beehives

While bees provide essential pollination that keeps your flowers and food growing, they also represent one of the most common pests homeowners must deal with. In small numbers, most bee species are harmless and can even help you out in the garden. However, new bee swarms and aggressive bee species can cause concern, especially if you or a family member have a bee allergy.

Bees typically create hives in hollow trees, bushes, and other natural shelters. But a new hive can appear in buildings as well, especially in attics, sheds, and garages. These indoor beehives pose one of the scariest and most difficult bee infestation scenario.

In this blog, we provide four steps to ensure that local bees stay outside.

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