Author: Alison Hoover

aphid on leaf
Home and Garden, Pest control

How to Get Rid of Aphids

With varieties all across the country, aphids are probably the pest you didn’t even know you had. They’re teeny-tiny but can create a great big mess. That’s why it’s important to know how to get rid of aphids. From DIY sprays and companion plants to essential oils and store-bought solutions, […]

Graphic showing pen, checklist and a cup of coffee

A Checklist for New Homebuyers

Making a new house into a home is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Beyond packing, cleaning, and unpacking, there are phone calls to make, services to coordinate, and neighbors to meet. From hooking up the electricity to pest control issues, it helps to have a new homebuyer’s checklist to […]

Cawing crow
Pest control

How to Get Rid of Crows

Somehow the tree has changed from vibrant green to an ominous black. It stands surprisingly still even in the wind, and a series of bright caws emanate from the branches. It’s the stuff nightmares —  or at least Hitchcock’s “Birds” — are made of. But it’s actually just your backyard, […]

brown recluse
Pest control

How to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

How can you get rid of brown recluse spiders? Arm yourself with your vacuum (to remove webs), DIY spider repellent (to kill them on contact), and sticky traps (to catch them over days in basements, attics and garages). The brown recluse gets its name for this reason: This venomous spider […]

man trimming tree
Tree care

Signs Your Trees Need Pruning

As a property owner, you’ve probably experienced that moment during a storm where you look upon the trees and just cross your fingers nothing comes barreling down from the sky. You breathe a sigh of relief only after the storm has passed and you’ve had a chance to walk the […]

black widow markings
Pest control

How to Get Rid of Black Widow Spiders

How can you kill black widow spiders? Strong scents, vinegar, your vacuum cleaner, and pesticides are among ways you can get rid of this feared spider. Black widow spiders, more venomous than a rattlesnake and considered one of the worst insects in the U.S., are found most often in basements, […]

oak tree disease
Tree care

Oak Tree Diseases: How to Treat Them

You pull on your gloves, carefully place safety glasses atop your nose, and grab your tools. It’s time to do surgery — well, at least some minor cosmetic work — on your landscaping. But sometimes, when you head out to trim and prune, you don’t know where to start. You […]

A rabbit in a garden
Pest control

How to Get Rid of Rabbits

How to get rid of rabbits munching on your garden and lawn? Home remedies include Irish Spring soap shavings, spicy foods and red pepper. You also can purchase repellents and fencing. One other option? Add some garden plants that are pungent to rabbits as a natural deterrent. But that’s hopping […]