What’s That Smell? It Could Be Stink Bugs Invading Your Home

claudiodivizia/iStock As autumn’s chill firmly takes hold, if you’re really on your game, you’ve been systematically sealing up your home to protect it from the usual pests that find their way indoors: mice, rats, and the requisite creepy-crawlies. But there might be one you’re not looking for, and let us warn you—it stinks. Scientists say Asian stink bugs, which have been worrying farmers […]

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7 Weatherproof Patio Design Tips for Decor That Stands the Test of Time

stevecoleimages/iStock Ah, summertime—and the pleasant prospect of sipping iced tea (or, let’s be honest, a refreshing mint julep) on the porch. But you’d never relax there in a wooden rocker with your feet on a needlepoint stool, right? Savvy homeowners know that outdoor rooms require decor that can withstand the elements—not random pieces you’ve dragged up from the basement. […]

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No Pool, No Problem: 6 Clever Ways to Beat the Heat on a Budget

Jay Reilly/Getty Images Do you gaze wistfully upon the neighbors as they frolic and splash in their backyard pool? Is your lawn too small (and your bank account too slim) to consider installing your own? Fret not, dear reader—you can still cool off this summer. Each one of these swimming pool alternatives costs less than […]

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Guests to Impress? 7 Tips to Make Your Spare Bedroom Shine This Summer

Solidago/iStock With summer vacation season in full swing, chances are good that your guest room will see its fair share of traffic. If you haven’t stepped foot in that space since Uncle Humbert’s visit last Christmas, you might be feeling a little uncertain: Does your guest bedroom say “budget motel” or “five-star getaway”? Will your loved ones actually look […]

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Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in May

BanksPhotos/iStock We’ve been fantasizing about it for months, and finally warmer weather has arrived. We know: You just want to fire up the grill and start working on your tan—we do, too! But before you can kick back in your hammock (or in your pool on your giant patriotic bald eagle float, if that’s your thing), there […]

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