This Ingenious $30 Device Will Stop You from Being a Mosquito Magnet (It’s on Sale!)Kitchen
Avoid bug bites this summer with this smart device.
May 1, 2024
Can Peppermint Oil Get Rid of Mice? Yes. Here's How to Use It. Kitchen
You'll either need some cotton balls or a spray bottle.
Oct 31, 2023
I Tried 4 Different DIY Fruit Fly Traps, and There Was a Clear Winner
Kitchn Showdown
I caught *at least* 50 fruit flies this way!
Oct 31, 2023
5 Things to Know About Mice in the KitchenKitchen
You already know they’re icky. And you probably know that if you have one mouse, you really have more than one (if you didn’t, I’m sorry). I happen to know, from an unfortunate experience in my last apartment, that they enjoy cookies most, pasta next, and Thai rice noodles least — at least, that’s the order they got into food in my pantry. Here’s some other stuff you should really know about mice in the kitchen.
Oct 4, 2023
Over 100,000 Amazon Shoppers Bought This TikTok-Viral Indoor Fly Trap This Month — Here’s WhyTools
It takes up no space and uses zero chemicals!
Sep 18, 2023
How to Get Rid of Pesky Fruit Flies for Good, According to ExterminatorsKitchen
Plus, the one surprising part of your kitchen that might be attracting them.
Aug 28, 2023
This Ingenious Bug Catcher Takes the Ick out of Dealing with Insects — Bonus: It’s on SaleTools
Don't like bugs? Then you'll love this.
Aug 15, 2023
How to Get Rid of Grain Weevils In Your PantryKitchen
One Saturday morning, years ago, we awoke to a rather horrifying sight: hundreds of little brown bugs pouring out of the pantry cupboard and across the kitchen floor. We’ve encountered ants, pantry moths, and grain beetles, but this was a new one for us. We did some research and learned that our new guests were grain weevils (aka wheat weevils). Grain weevils are pantry insects and before they multiply, learn how you can prevent them from invading your pantry.
Aug 1, 2023
11 Game-Changing Products to Instantly Banish Pests From Your Kitchen This SummerTools
No more creepy crawlers in your indoor and outdoor spaces!
Jul 31, 2023
This Simple Gadget Kept The Mosquitos Away Last Summer — And I’m Already Dusting it Off For This Year
"I can actually sit outside and drink a glass of wine without having to constantly smack myself!"
Jul 3, 2023
This $21 Insect Trap Finally Solved My Annoying Gnat Problem (And It’s Not a Total Eyesore)
Our editors absolutely love it.
May 18, 2023
These 10 Outdoor Insect Traps Are Your Ticket to a Pest-Free SummerTools
Starting at just $6.
Apr 24, 2023
We Just Found Your New Favorite Gadget To Keep Mosquitoes Away
This summer, soak in the peace and quiet of nature without being eaten alive by bugs!
Oct 11, 2022
5 Ways to Keep Flies Away from Your PicnicKitchen
Here's how to minimize outdoor flies so you can enjoy dining al fresco.
Sep 16, 2022
Does the TikTok-Famous Natural Fly Trap Really Work? I Put It to the Test.
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Is this trap really worth the buzz?
Sep 14, 2022
Trying to Get Rid of Those Fruit Flies? Stop Making These Kitchen Mistakes.
Tips from The Kitchn
Goodbye, flies!
Aug 8, 2022
I’ve Used This All-Natural Amazon Find for Years to Magically Eliminate Fruit Flies in My KitchenKitchen
Fruit flies don't stand a chance against this solution.
Jun 7, 2022
This DIY Mosquito Repellant Actually Smells Amazing
Tips from The Kitchn
This smart DIY trick is worth the buzz.
Jun 1, 2022
8 Super-Easy Things You Can Do to Fight Off Pests Right Now
Tips from The Kitchn
Deter fruit flies! Repel mice! Turn cockroaches away! And more!
May 9, 2022
The 4 Colors That Are Most Likely to Attract Mosquitoes, According to Science
Tips from The Kitchn
Skip that orange tank top.
May 6, 2022
This Under-$12 Bug Repellent Magically Keeps Insects Away — and You Don’t Need to Put It on Your Skin
I'm gifting one to everyone I know with a backyard or patio.
Apr 28, 2022
7 Valuable Lessons I Learned After Pests Invaded My New Apartment
Tips from The Kitchn
"I was losing sleep and living in constant paranoia thanks to the mice and roaches nibbling at the contents of my pantry, and I knew these pests weren’t going anywhere."
Nov 23, 2021
The Miraculous $5 Amazon Find That Completely Solved My Annoying Ant Problem
This bait did *not* mess around.
Jul 30, 2021
This $18 Mosquito Solution Can Earn You $10 to Spend on Amazon Prime Day
Zap those pesky mosquitos away!
Jun 8, 2021
30 of Our Best Tips for Dealing with Bugs and Pests This Summer
Tips from The Kitchn
Protect your kitchen and your patio table!
May 25, 2021
The $20 Amazon Find Our Tools Editor Swears Keeps Mice Out of Her Kitchen (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)
And more than 17,000 Amazon reviewers agree that it works!
May 19, 2021
5 Things to Know About Ants in the Kitchen
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Unfortunately, DIY ant repellant isn't likely to work.
May 18, 2021
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Using Diatomaceous Earth
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
If you're looking for a way to get rid of cockroaches without using toxic chemicals, we can help.
May 13, 2021
This $9 Amazon Find Will Solve Your Mosquito Problem Before It Even Starts
“We can finally sit outdoors in the evening!”
May 12, 2021
I Live in the Caribbean and Here 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 This Kitchn Staffer Swears Ended Her Mouse Problem Once and For All
Bonus: It costs a *lot* less than a visit from a pest control company!
Mar 24, 2021
The Best Way to Get Rid of Lice Is Already in Your PantryKitchen
We’ve received plenty of lice notices from my kids’ schools. Each time I’ve checked their heads diligently, trying very hard not to go to the bad place as I scratch myself into next Tuesday. I’ve never found a thing. Until, one time, I did. A few years ago, my daughter woke up in the middle of the night, complaining her head was itchy. I checked her little noggin and found nothing except for a few bites on her neck.
Sep 30, 2020
7 Creative Bug-Repellent Products for Your Outdoor Space
Say goodbye to those uninvited guests for good!
Jul 13, 2020
Apple Cider Vinegar Gets Rid of Fruit Flies Like a Charm: Here's How It Works
Tips from The Kitchn
Buh-bye, fruit flies!
Jul 10, 2020
The Best Things You Can Do for Your Kitchen, According to Exterminators
Tips from The Kitchn
Here's a VERY good reason to unplug and put away small appliances that don't get used that often.
Jun 30, 2020
How a Little Bit of Sugar Can Work in a Smart DIY Wasp Trap
Tips from The Kitchn
It will be especially helpful toward the end of the summer.
Jun 22, 2020
Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of (and Prevent!) Pantry Bugs
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Some grain beetles can crawl AND fly! Here's how to prevent them and get rid of them (in case you have them).
Jun 15, 2020
Bloomscape’s New Carnivorous Plants Collection Is Here to End the Summertime Menace of Mosquitoes
Bust open those windows without worrying about pesky insects sneaking in ever again!
May 28, 2020
The Best Insect Repellents for Your Next Backyard Picnic or Cookout
Critics' Pick
It's incredibly easy to get into the (tick-infested) weeds when you start researching bug sprays!
May 22, 2020
My Mom’s Solution for Keeping Spiders Out of the HouseKitchen
Buh-bye, spiders.
Apr 14, 2020
Tell Us How You Keep the Bugs Away When You’re OutsidePeople
Oh, summer! Short shorts and long nights, beach days and bike rides — for three months, life just feels more buoyant and carefree. Except when there are bugs to contend with. As it turns out, I am an absolute bug magnet. Mosquitos and midges, black flies and bees, gnats and no-see-ems — they all love me and whatever it is I’m eating or drinking. And that puts a real damper on my outdoor fun. Short of running for shelter, how can I keep those bugs away? Can you help?
Dec 17, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Mice, Roaches, and Other Pests Out of Your Kitchen
Tips from The Kitchn
Did you know that roaches might like to hang out in your coffee maker?
Oct 27, 2019
The Bestselling Pest Control Traps on Amazon
If you've ever had mice or roaches, you might want to stock up.
Oct 14, 2019
The Very Best Mousetraps You Can Buy on Amazon
It never hurts to be prepared!
Oct 10, 2019
Here’s the Truth About Using Windex to Kill Bugs
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Here's what a real expert had to say.
Oct 1, 2019
The Icky Reason You May Want to Put Dryer Sheets Under the Legs of Your Table
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
You'll want to do this for your dining table inside and your patio table outside!
Aug 26, 2019
The Best Fruit Fly Traps You Can Buy on Amazon
Forget those DIY methods!
Aug 22, 2019
5 Inexpensive Gadgets That’ll Make Our Best Summer Recipes a Million Times Better
And you didn't think corn cooked in a butter broth could get any better!
Jul 15, 2019
These Brilliant Products Will Uninvite Mosquitoes and Other Bugs from Your Outdoor Space
Did you know they made string lights that are infused with citronella?
Jul 4, 2019
These Citronella Plants Can Actually Repel Mosquitoes
They might just save your summer!
Jun 17, 2019
How To Make Ant Repellent SpraySkills
When it’s cold and wet outside, be on the lookout: That’s the time when ants are on the march towards your kitchen, looking for warmer, sugar-stocked climes to hide out in for the winter. The solution? Make a bottle of this potent natural spray to use on your window and door frames, baseboards, and anywhere else the little critters tend to sneak into your home. There are plenty of ways to prevent ants from taking over indoors.
Jun 8, 2019
A 20-Minute Cleaning Routine to Keep Your Pantry Pest-FreeKitchen
Did you know that the phrase “Pantry Pests” is actually a real term for bugs that like to feed on packaged goods? The technical term includes all sorts of things like Indian meal moths, sawtooth grain beetles, cigarette beetles, and drugstore beetles. The pros know a ton of things about these pests, but as a homeowner (or renter!), all you really need to know is this: They’re going to eat your food.
Jun 4, 2019
Good Question: Why Are There Bugs In My Storage Jars?Kitchen
Here’s a cry for help from reader Lena. Do you have any advice? I have recently invested an incredible amount of time, energy, and money into acquiring, organizing, and labeling dry food storage, so that I can now buy almost entirely from bulk and skip all the packaging. It was looking great until not once, not twice, but now three times I have found maggots/bugs appearing in the containers!
May 2, 2019
Can Lemon Peels Really Keep Ants Away?Kitchen
You may love lemons, but it turns out that ants do not!
May 1, 2019
6 Plants That Naturally Repel MosquitoesKitchen
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.
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Save Your Pumpkins from SquirrelsSkills
Aside from sitting on your porch all day, shooing them away ...
May 1, 2019
5 Things to Know About Dealing with Ladybugs in the KitchenKitchen
Ladybugs are cute, right? My daughters and I love them — when they’re outside, that is. But last fall, I experienced a bizarre phenomenon: a minor ladybug infestation in my kitchen! I was a little weirded out by how many there were (maybe a dozen) and the fact that I kept discovering them for months. I was worried they might spread disease or eat through the pantry, so I decided to take my ladybug quandary to the pros.
May 1, 2019
Everything You Need to Know in Order to Get Rid of (and Prevent!) These Creepy-Looking BugsKitchen
Bed bugs get all the press these days. Comparatively, silverfish (and their cousin the firebrat) are pretty harmless, but man are they ugly. It doesn’t help that they hang out in cold, dark, damp places like the basement or under the bathroom sink. If you’ve spotted one of these lurking in your house, or have an infestation, we have some tips for first preventing their arrival, then getting rid of them.
May 1, 2019
How a Little Mouse Infestation Actually Made Me Love My Kitchen MoreKitchen
To start, I feel the need to point out that I’m really talking about a little infestation. Actually, I don’t even like the word infestation — we caught ONE mouse and haven’t seen anything since then. I know what most of you are going to say: There’s no such thing as having just one mouse. But we caught the one and that was it. So there you go, we had one mouse — and it shockingly made me love my kitchen even more. Here’s what happened.
Apr 30, 2019
The Horrifying Reason You Shouldn’t Use Contact Paper in Your Kitchen CabinetsKitchen
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.
Nov 21, 2018
Our 4-Step Guide for Getting Rid of Pantry Moths in Your KitchenKitchen
Pantry moths are the things nightmares are made of. I would gladly take spider mites in every single one of my houseplants, or a basement crawling with earwigs, over pantry moths any day. Here’s why: Pantry moths lay tiny grayish-white eggs in flour, cereal, pet food, and other dry goods. When the eggs hatch, a wriggling mass of larvae feed on your stone-ground whole wheat flour or whatever, form cocoons, and eventually hatch into adults, who will soon lay more eggs.
Oct 8, 2018
Before & After: An Old, Mouse-Infested Kitchen Gets a Gorgeous UpdateKitchen
Stacy and her husband found themselves with a very trying kitchen on their hands. After two years of living with not enough storage, poor ventilation, and lots of mice, they decided to take the plunge and create a kitchen that was clean, functional, and easy on the eyes. From Stacy: Our kitchen had a hard life. We bought our home back in 2011, a recent flip after the previous owners had foreclosed.
Jun 6, 2018
Roaches in Your Kitchen? Check the Coffee Maker.Kitchen
A few weeks ago, I started noticing small roaches occasionally scuttling around my kitchen. This being an old apartment building in New York City, I wasn’t too shocked. I had dealt with mice and ants in my last apartment and once stepped on a dead rat in the middle of the street (a story for another time), so it only seemed natural that cockroaches would one day appear on my personal docket of NYC vermin to confront. It wasn’t like I had a full-on infestation — or so I thought.
Aug 7, 2017
5 Ways to Keep Bees Away from Your Patio PicnicKitchen
Summer is the best time to eat on your patio — it’s also peak season for bees. “Late summer and early fall is when stinging insect colonies reach their peak population levels,” says Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. Across the United States, we get many different species of bees, including carpenter bees, bumble bees, and honey bees, and we tend to think of yellow jackets as bees, even though they are actually wasps.
Jun 28, 2017
5 Easy Steps for Banishing Flies from the KitchenKitchen
We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but the kitchen is a prime location for flies. “Flies are attracted to rotting fruit and vegetables, rotting meat, and any other material they can find around your kitchen sink or trash can,” says Chelle Hartzer, an entomologist for Orkin. While most houseflies don’t bite, they can carry bacteria like E. coli and salmonella from one spot to another, contaminating healthy foods and potentially making you sick.
Jun 9, 2017