Insects and Pests

Insects and pests can be found all around you. Learn about how they can affect your health.

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Here’s What Spider Bites Look Like—and When to Call the Doctor

Spiders are probably more scared of you than you are of them. They'd sooner scurry away than chomp on you. But if you get bitten, here's what you should do.

Is Tea Tree Oil Really a Treatment for Lice?

Millions of people get head lice every year. Tea tree oil may offer a natural solution for treating infestations.


10 Home Remedies for Lice That May Really Work

Lice is the four-letter word all parents dread hearing. Before you panic about an infestation, take a deep breath and...


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Dust Mite Bites vs. Bed Bugs: What’s the Difference?

Dust mites vs. bed bugs is like comparing the lesser of two evils. Here's what to know about their similarities,...


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10 Products That Help Get Rid of Head Lice

A head lice infestation is common among school-aged children. Here are products to help get rid of lice and...

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A Guide to Head Lice Symptoms and Treatments

Is the itchiness on your scalp from dandruff or lice? Here's how to tell if your symptoms could be head...


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Hobo Spider Bites: Everything You Need to Know

Hobo spiders are not actually aggressive and they rarely bite. However, if you get a hobo spider bite, here's...

Wolf Spider Bites: Everything You Need to Know

Wolf spiders have a menacing hairy appearance, but they rarely bite. Here's why—and what else you should know about...


18 Products That Can Help You Get Rid of Fleas

Experts reveal their recommendations for the best products to get rid of fleas for pets and the...


Black Widow Spider Bites: What They Look Like and How to Treat Them

Black widow spider bites are venomous, but rarely fatal to humans. Here's how to recognize the spiders, avoid them,...


Brown Recluse Spider Bites—Everything You Need to Know

The good news: Brown recluse spiders aren't as common as you might think. The bad news: Their bite can...

9 Tick Repellents That Really Work

Ticks are most active during warmer months and can carry debilitating diseases, so it's important to protect yourself before you...


12 “Innocent” Tick Mistakes That Are Putting Your Health in Danger

Being vigilant about ticks takes a lot more than keeping your lawn short, scanning your arms, or wearing long pants...


9 “Facts” About Bed Bugs That Just Aren’t True

If you want to get rid of bed bugs, you need to know the myths from the facts. We asked...


How to Find Bed Bugs in Your Car—and How to Get Rid of Them

Mattresses and sofa cushions are among the most obvious places to check for bed bugs. But these sneaky creatures can...


12 Unexpected Ways You Can Get Head Lice

You know that lice can spread quickly—but do you know how and where? Here are the actual ways the...

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11 Ways You Think You Can Get Lice—but Won’t

As it turns out, getting infected with these little buggers is a lot harder than you probably thought.


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14 Expert Tips for How to Get Rid of Head Lice

These lice professionals offer their expert advice on how to get rid of head lice and dispel all...


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12 Myths About Head Lice that Won’t Go Away

Think your child has head lice? Here are some myths about these parasites, and what you really need to...


7 Clear Signs Your Child Has Head Lice

While they might give you the creepy crawlies, head lice shouldn't be cause for panic. Still, you'll want to...


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Prevent Tick Bites: 13 Things Ticks Won’t Tell You

Protect yourself from tick bites, Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases with these tips on everything from how to remove...


10 Naturally Derived Tick Repellents That Actually Work

If you're worried that certain insecticides may be harmful to your health, your pets, or nature, read on for natural...


10 Things to Do Right Now If You’ve Been Bitten By a Tick

Follow these steps if you're bitten by a tick—and learn how to protect yourself from getting bitten in the first...


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17 Silent Signs You Could Have Lyme Disease

Lyme disease goes beyond bulls-eye rashes and flu-like symptoms. This bacterial infection, spread by ticks, can affect every system in...

This Video Shows Exactly How to Remove a Tick (And What Not to Do)

Ticks are disgusting little blood suckers, and when they bite you, they can make you sick. Here's what to do...


This Map Shows Where Lice Has Become Resistant to Standard Treatments

Lice is a four-letter word in more ways than one, as many parents will tell you. What's worse, it's becoming...


16 Secrets Bed Bugs Don’t Want You To Know—But Are Crucial For Keeping Them At Bay

We may be tiny buggers (about the shape and size of an apple seed), but our presence elicits a massive...


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These Are the Most Dangerous Places in America for Lyme Disease

Almost all cases of Lyme disease happen in 14 states. Is yours on the list?


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This All-Natural Tick Repellent Works, and Here’s Why

Your risk of getting bitten by a tick may be highest in the summer, but depending on where you live...


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9 Foolproof Tricks to Avoid Tick-Borne Illnesses—Including One That’s More Dangerous Than Lyme

Avoiding a tick bite is the best protection against tick-borne illnesses. Enjoy the great outdoors in safety this summer...