What You Need to Know Before Spraying Your Yard for MosquitoesOrganize & Clean
According to pest experts.
May 14, 2023
I Tested out the Viral TikTok Natural Fly Trap — Here’s How It WentHome Projects
The video it's from has over 2.4 million views and counting.
May 9, 2023
My Chef Friend Taught Me This Genius Hack to Keep Fruit Flies AwayOrganize & Clean
And it really works to help prevent a full-on fruit-fly invasion from happening.
Mar 2, 2023
5 Ways to Banish Household Critters in the Winter Living
If you feel like you’re seeing more bugs in your house, you’re not alone.
Jan 26, 2023
How to Keep Pests Away This FallOrganize & Clean
Protect your home from these five common critters.
Oct 15, 2022
I Finally Have a Name for Those Tiny Red Bugs That Pop Up PeriodicallyHome Projects
You know them by their size (smaller than a pinhead) and their color (bright red). But what exactly are these little guys?
Aug 20, 2022
Silverfish: How To Get Rid of Them and Prevent an InfestationHome Projects
Look familiar? Here's what to do if you spot one.
Aug 14, 2022
How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Flea SeasonOrganize & Clean
Expert remedies to help protect your home and your furry friends.
Jul 21, 2022
Here’s How I Keep Mosquitoes Away All Summer LongOrganize & Clean
A mosquito magnet's toolkit.
Jul 6, 2022
Pest Control Company Wants to Release 100 Roaches in Your Home And Pay You News
North Carolina-based pest control company The Pest Informer is in search of homeowners who are willing to welcome 100 cockroaches in their homes to test the effectiveness of various treatment methods.
Jun 23, 2022
This Sleek Amazon Gadget Solved My Pesky Fruit Fly Problem — and It’s On Sale for More than 30% Off
It also got rid of another editor's plant pests!
May 18, 2022
Mosquitoes Swarm Around These Four Colors the MostLiving
Avoid these hues.
Apr 21, 2022
7 Super Easy Ways to Fight Off Pests This Spring (Before They Take Over)Organize & Clean
Stop them in their tracks with these common hacks.
Apr 9, 2022
Here’s What Drew Barrymore Should Do to Get Rid of Her Closet MothsOrganize & Clean
Luckily, there are lots of solutions and prevention methods.
Jan 15, 2022
One Thing You Have to Clean Now that Halloween is Behind Us
Weekend Projects
This mess can usually pass for a Halloween decoration, but it's November now.
Nov 5, 2021
4 Truths About Cleaning Away Spider Webs at Home, According to an ArachnologistOrganize & Clean
If you destroy a web, the spiders will still live in your house — they’ll just labor over making a new one. But there is one thing you can do.
Oct 19, 2021
This Pest Index Gives Real-Time Info About Critters in Your Area
You can use this handy tool when packing for your next outdoor adventure.
Aug 4, 2021
This Miraculous $5 Amazon Find Completely Solved My Annoying Ant ProblemLiving
This bait did *not* mess around.
Jul 30, 2021
This $15 Amazon Find Keeps Flying Pests Away from Your Food When Dining OutdoorsLiving
Unlike other repellers and traps, it won’t put a damper on your dinner.
Jul 26, 2021
This $10 Mosquito Repelling Candle Will See You Through SummerShop
If you buy one thing this summer, make it this candle.
Jul 11, 2021
Even if You Live Alone, There's A Roommate You Need to Clean Up After
Weekend Projects
I certainly don't appreciate the messes they leave behind.
Jun 25, 2021
One Good Thing: Madison James Flyaway Sticks are Awesome Outdoors at HomeLiving
Welcome back to One Good Thing STILL AT HOME!!! And also this week outside. Okay, full disclosure, Hands and I are playing around with our format and having fun. I’ve also chosen to go deep on insect repellants, because it’s a personal passion and I’ve been finding a bunch of really interesting new solutions.
Jun 24, 2021
One Good Thing: The Amazing Tabasco Yellow Jacket Repellant SecretHome Projects
Welcome back to One Good Thing BACK AT HOME! Yes, this week I’m back in my yard, enjoying the warm weather and sharing with you YET ANOTHER genius tip for repelling bugs – this time, yellow jackets – which can really drive you batty by getting in your food and drink on a hot summer day. This tip came from a restaurant upstate that I went to last autumn.
Jun 17, 2021
The $26 Amazon Find This Kitchen Tools Editor Swears Keeps Mice AwayLiving
And more than 17,000 Amazon reviewers agree that it works!
May 24, 2021
I Live in the Caribbean and These Are 5 Mosquito Solutions That Locals Swear By
Surefire advice from people who battle these pesky insects year-round.
Apr 28, 2021
The Trash Can Our Staffer Swears Solved Her Mouse Problem
Bonus: It costs a *lot* less than a visit from a pest control company!
Mar 29, 2021
7 Simple Things You Can Do This Weekend to Ward Off Pests
Weekend Projects
It's hard to enjoy springtime when you're swatting at mosquitoes, hopping away from spiders, or fleeing wasps.
Mar 26, 2021
The Editor-Favorite Mosquito Solution I’m Stocking Up on Before It Sells Out AgainLiving
“Just set up a few around your patio or picnic table and you’re basically setting up a do-not-disturb sign.”
Mar 23, 2021
Natural Bug Repellents to Keep Your Dinners Outside BearableLiving
There’s nothing like a swarm of mosquitoes or army of ants to ruin your time outdoors. Even though bugs are often useful, they can put a damper on picnics, BBQs, and simply chilling outside, and leave you with some nasty bites and stings. Thankfully it’s fairly simple to find ways to keep bugs away.
Oct 24, 2020
I Had Bedbugs—Here's How I Learned to Feel Safe at Home, and What Pros AdviseHome Projects
My relationship to my space was forever changed.
Jul 10, 2020
The Best Bug-Repellent Products for Your Outdoor SpaceLiving
Say goodbye to those uninvited guests for good!
Jul 9, 2020
The First 8 Things To Do If You Think You Might Have Bed BugsLiving
Instead of bugging out, follow these steps to make sure your home is bug-free and prevent the little pests from spreading.
Sep 24, 2019
5 Things You Need to Do After Every Trip to Protect Yourself From Bed BugsLiving
Not only do these tiny pests tend to hide (and breed) inside of beds, couches, and clothing, they’ll gladly hitch a ride on your clothes and luggage if given the opportunity.
Sep 14, 2019
7 Unsuspecting Places Bed Bugs Might Be Hiding in Your HomeLiving
Bed bugs don’t just live in your bed. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, you might be unhappy to find that bed bugs can thrive just about anywhere. They have a soft spot for fluffy fabrics with lots of folds and cushy places to hide. But they also party in cracks in grout, under your box spring, and in your dresser drawers. In other words, almost nowhere is safe from these sneaky critters.
Sep 6, 2019
You May Have Heard That Windex Kills Bugs. Here’s the Real DealHome Projects
Can it really be used to get rid of small insects like ants? We asked an expert.
Sep 2, 2019
How to Get Rid of Fruit FliesHome Projects
Here's what to do when you realize that, yep, you’ve got a fruit fly infestation on your hands.
Aug 30, 2019
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From? A Quick, Non-Gross ExplainerHome Projects
We talked to Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association—and probably one of the few people in the world who seems genuinely excited to talk about bed bugs—to demystify the pests.
Aug 29, 2019
This Entomologist Has a Travel Warning: Always Put Your Suitcase in the Hotel BathroomLiving
The reason behind it is simpler than you might think, but it might make your skin crawl.
Aug 11, 2019
This Mosquito Solution Has a Serious Cult FollowingLiving
Imagine extra-long incense sticks that burn for hours and repel mosquitos, hornets, and other pesky insects. Just set up a few around your patio or picnic table and you're basically setting up a do-not-disturb sign.
Jul 29, 2019
One Icky Reason You May Want to Put Dryer Sheets Under the Legs of Your TableOrganize & Clean
Dryer sheets, especially fragranced ones, have gotten a bad rap as of late. But these very same fragrance-laden fabric softeners are excellent at keeping one thing away.
Jul 28, 2019
Here’s a Simple and Food-Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your KitchenOrganize & Clean
Ants tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food.
Apr 2, 2019
How to Get Rid of Mice at Home Once and for AllHome Projects
Winter is almost here, which means so are the mice.
Oct 27, 2018
The Frightening Reason You Shouldn’t Use Contact Paper in Your Kitchen CabinetsHome Projects
An $8 roll of contact paper can do wonders for your home. You can use it to upgrade old furniture, modernize shelves, elevate countertops, or even forge a backsplash. For the budget-conscious, it’s almost too good to be true. And, as it turns out, some people say it just might be. Why? Apparently cockroaches love contact paper. “Cockroaches will eat almost anything, far beyond what we think of as food sources,” says Howard Bright, the owner of Anti-Pesto Bug Killers.
Oct 18, 2018
How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths in Your KitchenHome Projects
They are the bed bugs of pantries.
Sep 8, 2018
One Wise Thing You Can Do for Your Home This Labor Day WeekendOrganize & Clean
It will never be not true that solving a problem when it’s small is much easier — and, when it comes to home maintenance, drastically more cost effective — than solving a problem that’s grown. While we’re outside grilling or sipping on something relaxing this Labor Day weekend, we’re going to take a little stroll around the perimeter and see if there might be a little problem we need to address now, before it gets bigger.
Aug 31, 2018
Neem Oil is the Best $10 You Can Spend on Your PlantsHome Projects
It will keep your plants healthier.
Aug 23, 2018
These Minuscule Wingless Springtails are Easily Mistaken for FleasHome Projects
I’m not typically squeamish when it comes to bugs. Until they get inside my house where they don’t belong, that is. The creepiest are usually those teeny tiny ones—like springtails—that are so hard to see I start getting paranoid that they’re everywhere. Springtails are minuscule wingless bugs found all throughout North America that thrive in dark, damp places.
Aug 5, 2018
6 Plants That Naturally Repel MosquitoesHome Projects
I live in a one bedroom “garden” apartment, which means that I get to have my own front door, porch, and small strip of flower bed. The only downside? The flower bed is under the porch roof, which means it’s constantly damp and shady, and also an ideal mosquito habitat. So this year, after frantically trying to squash a few rogue mosquitoes that snuck indoors while I was carrying in groceries, I’ve decided to get myself some mosquito-repelling plants.
Jun 27, 2018
The Smart Reason You Should Put Lace (Yes, Lace) On Your WindowsHome Projects
Warmer weather means opening up your curtains and windows, and letting in the light and fresh air. But, with all that welcome air and sunshine sometimes comes unwelcome bugs and less privacy. Let’s welcome back a classic that can surprisingly solve both issues: lace! Lace is the perfect medium for letting light in and keeping bugs out. Madelene lives in an old Swedish house and, when it gets hot, loves to open the windows and let the air in.
May 23, 2018
Diatomaceous Earth Is The All-Natural Way to Save Your House (and Plants!) From PestsHome Projects
It's the chemical-free way to combat spider mites, aphids, silverfish, ants, roaches (and more of your other favorite bugs) at home.
May 22, 2018
The Once-a-Week, One-Minute Habit That Will Keep You Protected From Bathroom PestsOrganize & Clean
Prevent the infestation of one tiny intruder with this simple once-a-week routine.
May 10, 2018
Why You Should Spray Vinegar Around Your WindowsOrganize & Clean
We’re eager for that moment to throw our windows open to fresh spring breezes — and it seems that the things outside our homes are awaiting the opportunity, too (but for different motives). If it’s not the pollen blowing inside, it’s the bugs that somehow make it through the tiniest nooks and crannies you don’t see (even if you have screens).
Apr 25, 2018
New Study Says NYC Has ‘Teflon’ Mice, And Here’s Why That’s TerrifyingLiving
Here is an entirely true story about my first week in my NYC studio. I was cleaning the kitchen (because I am a certified grown-up), and I got out the vacuum to get the nooks and crannies beneath the dishwasher and cabinets. Before moving in, I had gone a full year without experiencing more than a spider in my living quarters and I was not going to entice any new friends with crumbs from my Cheerio-based dinner. As I moved the vacuum under the stove, it caught something.
Apr 17, 2018
The Best Mouse TrapsStyle
It might not be fun to talk about, but with winter approaching you know it's necessary
Oct 14, 2017
New Study Reveals How To Avoid Bringing Home BedbugsLiving
Nothing strikes terror into the hearts of millions like one simple word: bedbugs. Thankfully, new research published yesterday reveals how to avoid bringing the creatures home with you, and therefore infesting your apartment. Instances of bedbugs have been on the rise, in part because of increased international travel. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, has found that there are some things you can do to prevent the pests from coming home with you.
Sep 29, 2017
This Humane Spider Catcher is Perfect for Arachnophobic PacifistsLiving
I don’t need a Buzzfeed quiz to tell me that the Mean Girls character I most identify with is the “she doesn’t even go here”-girl. I just have a lot of feelings, OK? I talk to my plants like they’re people. They’re named after people, for goodness sake. And I can’t let go of a chair or a car on Craiglist without feeling like I’m abandoning a member of my family. “Is he going to take care of Heidi the Honda?
Sep 18, 2017