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How to Kill Fleas in Clothes

If you live in Florida and own a cat or a dog, you probably understand what a nuisance fleas can be. Fleas can be a real problem especially in the summer months and they are not easy to get rid of.
If you have a flea problem in your home, chances are that the fleas are in more places than you can imagine. Fleas will get into carpeting, bedding, floorboards, baseboards, furniture and sometimes even your clothing.

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How to Get Rid of Water Bugs

Water bug is really just a fancy name for cockroach.  Whether it is an American roach, German roach, or Oriental roach, all are simply roaches, not water bugs. Therefore, you can go after them the same way you would go after a roach.

Prevention is your best bet when it comes to roaches. How can you prevent roaches from coming around and into your home?

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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Bedding

If Fido and Fluffy are sleeping on your bed, there may come a time when you find yourself with a flea problem in your bedding. No one wants to have fleas in their bed. Depending on what type of bedding you have, the fleas can be easy, or slightly more difficult to kill.

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How to Get Rid of Indoor Gnats

Gnats are part of the same family as fruit flies. Gnats are often called fruit flies or vinegar flies. Decaying fruit and other decaying matter is what attracts gnats. This is where they get their popular name.

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How to Kill Fleas in a Car

If your pet has fleas you may find yourself with more work to do than just having to give Fido a flea bath.  Fleas can quickly infest your home and multiply.

Here in Florida fleas have the perfect environment to quickly reproduce. Optimum conditions for flea reproduction are between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit and about 70% humidity. That sounds familiar. That sounds just like Florida.

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How to Kill Fleas on Humans

If your pet has fleas you may find yourself with a lot of work on your hands to get rid of them. Fleas can quickly infest your home and multiply.

Here in Florida fleas have the perfect environment to quickly reproduce. Optimum conditions for flea reproduction are between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit and about 70% humidity. That sounds familiar. That sounds just like Florida. So if your pet has a flea problem, it is likely to spread to your home.

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How to Kill Fleas Without Bombs

Fleas are very tough pests to get rid of.  Once an infestation has started in your home, fleas can begin to multiply at an alarming rate. If you have tried and failed to rid your home of fleas you may be getting frustrated and want to turn to a flea bomb to get rid of those pests once and for all.

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How to Kill Japanese Hornets

Killing Japanese hornets is not for the faint of heart. These hornets are very big. Their bodies are 2 inches long and their wing span is 3 inches long.

If they bite (sting) you, you will need to have the bite treated immediately as the bite of a Japanese hornet can eat away at skin tissue.

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How to Kill Fire Ants With a Natural Remedy

Fire ants can be real pests here in Florida. In the best case, you may step on a mound and get bit by a few ants. This will sting for a bit. But many people are allergic to red ant bites and need to be extra careful.

Beware of misinformation found on the internet. There are many sites claiming you can use popsicles with nutrisweet in them or boiling hot water with soap. You may kill a few ants this way but you will not take care of the bigger problem.

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in a Car

Bed bugs are nasty little critters that have evolved from a parasite that lived and fed on bats to one that now primarily feeds on humans.

In North America, bed bugs have become an increasing problem in recent decades due to a possible immunity to pesticides that once had a great effect on them.

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How to Kill Bed Bugs with Alcohol

Sometime after the 1940’s bed bugs almost became a non issue in developed countries due to the introduction of strong pesticides, namely DTP.

Since 1995, incidences of bed bug infestations have been on the rise.  This could be due to complacency and the bed bugs developing resistance to common pesticides.

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How to Kill Sand Hornets

Here in Florida, we are used to seeing pests of all kinds. Bees, hornets and wasps are common visitors to our yards and gardens. One of these stinging insects that are commonly seen here in Florida is called the sand hornet.

The name sand hornet is a regional name given to a hornet/wasp whose actually name is the cicada killer.

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How to Keep Bugs, Wasps, Bees and Mosquitos Away From Your House and Yard

We deal with a lot of pests living here in Florida, but some are considered more than a nuisance and possibly dangerous. People are often allergic to the sting of bees, wasps and hornets. Mosquitos can carry disease.

If anyone in your family is allergic to these types of bugs or if you have children, you may be concerned about keeping them as far away as possible.

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How to Kill All Four Stages of Fleas

Fleas are a formidable opponent in Florida. In fact, here in Florida, flea problems practically reach epidemic proportions.

If you want to get rid of a flea infestation in your home, you need to attack from a couple different directions. This will help to get rid of fleas in all four stages.

Read more: How to Kill All Four Stages of Fleas

How to Get Rid of Hobo Spiders

Hobo Spider is just one name for a common domestic spider, also called the aggressive house spider. In general, they fall in the category of funnel spiders.

Hobo Spiders are also called aggressive house spiders for good reason. They will bite. The bite from a hobo spider will cause the bitten area to become infected and the victim will likely be left with an open wound. If you are bitten by a hobo spider, seek treatment as soon as possible.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Furniture

If you have a flea infestation in your home there is a good chance that some of them are hiding out in the furniture. You can treat your furniture the same way that you would treat carpeting, pet bedding and other items especially if your furniture is fabric based.

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How to Kill Large Red Ants

When it comes to ant problems, the first thing you need to do is identify the ants you are having a problem with.  Large red ants are actually carpenter ants.

Carpenter ants can be red, black or a combination of red and black. You want to differentiate between these ants and termites.

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How to Kill German Roaches

German roaches are quite possibly the nastiest roaches that you could have in your home. Their gestation period is relatively short and they seem to duplicate themselves at an alarming rate.

Unlike other roaches, they actually carry their egg sacks on their backs and keep them very well protected. German roaches love to live in small areas but their colonies are very big.

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How to Keep Cockroaches Out of the House

Keeping cockroaches out of the house requires and integrated approach to pest management. The first and most important thing you need to do is get rid of all food sources.

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How to Kill Ants with Soap Water

If you are interested in natural ways to kill ants, using soapy water may work. However, it is not the only option for killing ants safe and naturally and it may not be the most effective.

Different ants eat different types of food. Some go for proteins. Some go for sweets. The ants in your yard may be into the foliage, eating honey dew or aphids. If this is the case,

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How to Get Rid of House Ticks

If you have ticks in your home they are probably the brown tick which is the type that you will usually find on your dog or cat. Once they enter your home on your dog or cat you have the possibility of an infestation.

If you think you have a tick infestation in your home, you may have a big job on your hands to get rid of them. Brown ticks can be very difficult to eradicate once they have set up camp.

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How to Kill House Ants Fast and Easy

Here in Florida, we deal with all kinds of pests. Cockroaches, fleas and ants (including the famous fire ants) are all common problems. Sometimes, those pests make their way into our homes, and then we want to get rid of them fast. But it’s not always fast and easy.

Read more: How to Kill House Ants Fast and Easy

How to Kill Fleas

Most people are frantic when they realize they have a flea problem. Fleas can quickly multiply and infest many areas of your home. They are small but can cause bites and itching for animals and humans alike.

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Where do Stink Bugs Live

Stink bugs are those little shield shaped bugs, sometimes bright green in color, sometimes brown. They are known for the awful stench they give off when they are squished.

If you grow fruits or vegetables, especially in the west, chances are good that you have had a problem with stink bugs at least once.

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How to Safely Kill Ants in the Kitchen

If you have a problem with ants in your kitchen, you will want to kill them using the safest methods possible. No one wants to use pesticides in areas where food preparation goes on or the family gathers together for a meal. You want to kill the ants without any risk of food contamination in your kitchen.

Before you learn how to safely kill ants in the kitchen

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How to Get Rid of Wood Ants

Woods ants are simply part of a broad category of carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are often misunderstood.

It is widely believed that wood ants or carpenter ants eat wood. They do not eat wood, they live inside wood. Wood ants will get inside rotten pieces of wood or even wood that termites have once eaten and dig themselves a home.

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How to Get Rid of Chiggers

Also called red mites, chiggers are a parasitic mite in their first stage of life. This is the larvae stage. In this stage, the parasites will often attack cattle, livestock, pets and even humans.

Although chiggers are red, they are barely visible to the human eye. You will usually be aware that a chigger is feeding on your because of the intense itching that accompanies the bite.

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How to Get Rid of Rain Spiders

“How do I get rid of rain spiders?” This is a bit of a perplexing question to answer. The reason for this is that rain spiders actually come from South Africa. So unless you people are buying these spiders at a pet store and then letting them loose, you shouldn’t have a problem with them.

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How to Kill Ants under Garden Soil

If you have ants in your garden soil you probably don’t want to use toxic pesticide to get rid of them. You may be growing vegetables and certainly don’t want toxic products spread all over the top of them.

Even if the ants are hiding under the garden soil, they will come up to feed and this is the best place to get them. The most safe and effective way to go about this is with bait.

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How to Repel Roaches

If you live here in Florida, you know that there is the potential for having to deal with many different types of pests. Roaches are one of them.  Cockroaches are nasty little critters that can actually carry disease so you definitely don’t want them in your house.

If you are seeing roaches in or even around your home, you can learn how to repel them

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How to Kill Ants Without Chemicals | Chemical Free

People often ask the question, “How can I kill ants without chemicals?”  This is a great question and there are many safe, natural products that can help you kill pests without using more harmful chemicals.

Ants are one of the easiest pests to kill without the use of chemicals. Once you know how ants work, you can understand a little better the ways in which you can get rid of them more naturally.

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How to Kill Fleas with Soap

Here in Florida, fleas are practically an epidemic, especially in the hot summer months. If you live in Florida and you have pets, it is likely that you have had to deal with fleas at one time or another.

Fleas can be a real tough pest to contend with, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. When you want to kill fleas on your pet, and you don’t have or don’t want to use chemicals, soap can be your best ally.

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How to Kill Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants come in all different sizes, shapes and colors but they are all in the same category and can be dealt with in the same way.

There are some misconceptions surrounding carpenter ants. Many people believe that carpenter ants eat wood as termites do. They do not eat wood, they live inside it. Carpenter ants will burrow into wood and create their homes. Sometimes they will do this in wood that has been previously eaten by termites.

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How to Kill Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are one of the most common pests you will find in your kitchen. Pharaoh ants will eat almost anything and they know just where to go to find the good stuff.

Although they are not picky, Pharaoh ants prefer to eat protein. You will find them on your counter tops, near food and in the dog and cat food dish, and there are usually a lot of them to contend with.

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How to Get Rid of Roaches

There are dozens of different types of roaches worldwide and around the country but only some of them are the types that you are likely to have trouble with in your home.

German roaches, American roaches, brown roaches and Asian roaches are some of the more common roaches that you might find yourself having to battle. All of these different types of roaches can be eradicated in basically the same way.

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How to Kill Ants in Flower Beds

If you find you have ants in your flower bed it should be pretty easy and straight forward to get rid of them. There are a few different ways you can go about this but some options are better and safer than others are.

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How to Kill Fleas with Salt

Here in Florida, flea problems can reach almost epidemic proportions, especially during the warm summer months. If Fido or Fluffy have been romping around outside, it’s likely they have brought fleas into your home.

Fleas in your house can be a formidable enemy but they can be eradicated. There are many products on the market which will help you rid your house of fleas, but some of them are highly toxic. It is possible to get rid of fleas a more natural way.

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How to Kill Fleas in 24 Hours

If you have ever had a flea infestation in your home, you probably know how hard it can be to get rid of them. In Florida, fleas are abundant and if you have a pet, it is likely that you have had to deal with fleas in one way or another.

Killing fleas in 24 hours can be a daunting task because fleas have a four stage life cycle. This is egg, larvae, pupa and adult. The flea is easiest to kill in its egg, larvae and adult stages.

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How to Kill Fleas in Grass

Fleas thrive in the warm, moist environment of Florida. If you live here in Florida and have a dog or a cat, you have probably had to deal with fleas in one way or another.

When it comes to flea infestations, the best weapon is prevention. If you don’t have fleas in your yard, then Fido or Fluffy won’t be bringing them into the house.

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How to Kill Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs can do a lot of damage to your lawn early in the season. They especially like the St. Augustine type of lawns but can do damage to any type of grass.

Chinch bugs can be a major problem for lawns. They feed on the sap of grass and will eventually destroy it.

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How to Kill Ant Piles in Your Lawn

Are you having a problem with ant piles in your lawn? If you live here in Florida, it is likely that the nuisance ants are fire ants. These can be more than a nuisance. Fire ants will bite if you disturb the pile and if you have children playing in your yard, you will want to get rid of those piles.

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A Natural Way to Get Rid of Fleas

Fleas are a major problem in Florida. If you live here in Florida and own a cat or dog it is likely that you will have to contend with fleas eventually.

If you want to get rid of fleas naturally it is important that you understand their life cycle.

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How to Kill Bed Bugs with Natural Products

Goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Sometime after the 1940’s, the incidence of bed bug infestations declined dramatically mostly due to the introduction of strong pesticides such as DTP.  

Since the 1990’s, bed bug infestations have been on the rise. Some experts believe this is because bed bugs have built a resistance to traditional pesticides used to kill them.

Read more: How to Kill Bed Bugs with Natural Products

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Sugar ant is actually just a general term for a lot of different ants. Any ant that goes for sweets ends up in the broad category of sugar ant.

These can actually be crazy ants which are tiny ants that seem to move in all directions with no rhyme or reason. They may also be odorous house ants. These you will find walking in a neat little line going after sweets such as sugars and syrups. They will also eat proteins such as other small insects. They can actually be quite aggressive little ants.

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Flea Control for Dogs and Cats

If you have not been treating your environment for fleas and you have cats and dogs, it is likely that you are going to find yourself having to treat your pets.

While your vet is the best resource for information regarding flea products for you dog or cat, there is some basic information you should know about treating for fleas.

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How to Get Rid of Bees

When most people think of bees, they are thinking of anything that is yellow and black and has the ability to sting. Falling into this category are honey bees, Africanized bees, hornets and wasps.

The good news is that you can get rid of all these stinging insects in basically the same way. If this is a problem

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs with Heat

Bed bug infestations have been steadily growing in number since the 1990’s. It is believed that these tough critters have become resistant to some of the pesticides typically used to kill them.

Even four and five star hotels have found that they have a bed bug problem. If you stay in a hotel room with bed bugs there is a real good possibility that you will take them home with you.

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How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

If you have stink bugs in and around the house you may have already realized that they can be more than just a nuisance. Stink bugs can become a serious problem if left unchecked.

The good news is, stink bugs are pretty easy to identify. If you squish them, they give off a horrible smell, hence the name.

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How to Kill Black Carpenter Ants

Black carpenter ants are one of the tougher critters to get rid of. Once they have established a colony there may be anywhere from15,000 to 100,000 ants. Black carpenter ants will also build satellite colonies, so now you are talking about even more ants.

The first step to killing these ants is to find out where they are living and it might not be easy as these ants are sometimes hiding real well.

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How to Get Rid of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs have become nearly epidemic all over the world and Florida is no exception. There was a time when bed bugs were practically eradicated due to the development and use of stronger pesticides but they have come back with a vengeance.

Bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of once they have invaded your home. In order to get rid of them effectively you will want to attack the problem as quickly as possible.

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How to Kill Ants

If you have an ant problem to tackle in your home or yard, the first thing you need to do is find out what kind of ants you are dealing with.

There are many types of ants and they live on different things. Some ants are predators that will eat other insects. Others go for sweets or a mixture of protein and sweet baits.

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How to Kill or Deter Ants

If you have ants entering your home or garden you will want to find a way to stop them and keep them from coming back.

Ants actually pollinate more things on Earth than bees do. For this reason you may want to find ways of simply deterring the ants from coming in instead of killing them all off.

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How to Kill Ants Organically

People have shown interest in how to kill ants organically but organic is a very complicated term which has been overused and misused. In order for something to be considered organic, the compound needs to meet strict guidelines concerning its makeup.

An organic compound consists of a specific number of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms. This is too technical and what you are probably looking for is a more safe and natural way to kill ants.

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Fleas and Ticks aren’t the only blood sucker after our Best Friends.

Mosquitoes are making the news lately with new outbreaks of Dengue Fever in our area. While not so old reports of Yellow Fever, Malaria, and West Nile Virus (Encephalitis’ evil step sister) are still fresh in our memories. Although animals do contract some of the same illnesses as humans, Fido doesn’t care about any of that; he just doesn’t want to get heartworms from the little buggers

What is a pet owner to do? First thing is to break the cycle and stop raising mosquitoes in your yard. They require standing fresh water to breed.

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