Start your own colony: 8 benefits of keeping exotic invertebrates as pets

Whether you want something short-lived, cheap-to-buy and easily looked after by your kids, or you want something clean, silent and scent-free to brighten up your home, you could do a lot worse than diving into the wonderful world of pet invertebrates. You might even discover a new passion that you never realized you even had!

Learn how to kill lice while keeping calm for your kids

I checked her hair again and there they were — disgusting bugs eating my beautiful daughter's poor head…

And also my own head… And also my roommate's head. Basically three out of four people in our co-living household.

As I came to this realization I really wanted so badly to freak out. But I looked at my daughters little trusting eyes, and I realized that I didn't have that luxury.

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What are your favorite ways to fight fleas once they've found your pets?

We're recent transplants to Austin, Texas and boy-oh-boy are the fleas some resilient little fuckers down here. I've always given monthly flea/tick spot treatments to my cat and my dog, but that doesn't do the trick here like it did in colder, dryer climates. There's lots of information on how to prevent flea infestation, but what to do once you've got 'em?

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Do I have to surrender my backyard to the spiders?

Our lovely Portland, Oregon backyard has transformed into a spidery wonderland during the past year. Spiders are awesome and super important for the environment, but we need our personal space! What can I do to de-spider the back yard, short of spraying with pesticides?