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Consumer Think pest control all year long Think pest control all year long
Pest control isn’t a priority just when it’s warm. It's something you need to think about year-round, if you want to avoid unwanted guests.

Start by sealing up windows and doors. If you have mulch in flower beds next to the house, it would be smart to replace the mulch with rocks.
Consumer Use caution when sharing passwords for media streaming Use caution when sharing passwords for media streaming (Video)
www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htmIt seems so easy! Type in your password and have access to countless video streams on a service you pay for-such as Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go, or WatchESPN. And it seems just as easy to give your log-in to someone else.
Consumer Sports fans damage a lot of cellphones Sports fans damage a lot of cellphones
Here's a heads up to all the 12's – be smart with your smartphone during the Super Bowl. In a recent online survey, the folks at SquareTrade, a company that insures these devices, found that one in ten adults has damaged a phone while watching or participating in a sporting event last year.
Consumer The risk factors for osteoarthritis The risk factors for osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It happens when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time.
Consumer New app promises instant alerts about car safety recalls New app promises instant alerts about car safety recalls (Video)
A new app by vehicle history researchers at Carfax - links your vehicle's VIN to your license plate so all you have to do is enter your license plate number to find out about safety recalls involving your vehicle. We downloaded the app and took our smart phone to the Fauntleroy ferry dock in West Seattle, where there were plenty of cars and people waiting
Consumer Tips of buying new carpet Tips of buying new carpet
Buying new carpet for your home is a big purchase. It's one you’re going to live with for a long time. So you need to take your time and shop around carefully.

You have two important decisions to make: texture and color.
Consumer Amazon's new Echo -- all talk? Amazon's new Echo -- all talk? (Video)
Online retail giant Amazon has introduced the Echo. It's similar to Apple's Siri or Google Now, using voice recognition to respond to your questions and commands. But instead of having to pull out your smart phone, Echo sits in one spot, making it particularly handy in a home or office.
Consumer Best TVs for watching the Super Bowl Best TVs for watching the Super Bowl (Video)
A sports bar is a great place to watch the Big Game. But if you're buying a TV for your Super Bowl party at home, Consumer Reports says a screen that's at least 50 inches or larger is a good size for a crowd.
Consumer Clear TV: Does It Work? Clear TV: Does It Work? (Video)
There's nothing quite like a Seahawk Super Bowl to make you care about having a good television, come game time. That poses a unique challenge for people who don't have cable or satellite connection. For $14.99, Clear TV promises "hundreds of crystal clear digital and HD shows for FREE". But does it work?
Consumer Tax filing season underway: file early and expect delays Tax filing season underway: file early and expect delays (Video)
Almost every tax filer will need to do something new this year. The biggest change - the Affordable Health Care Act that requires us to be enrolled in a health care plan. You'll either have to report your health coverage, or , if you qualify, claim an exemption, or pay the penalty for having no coverage and send a payment with your return.
Consumer Think safety when using extension cords Think safety when using extension cords
Extension cords can be a trip hazard. That's why so many people try to cover them up with a throw rug or small piece of carpet.

John Drengenberg, a safety expert at UL, says that's something you should never do.
Consumer Help your cat or dog slim down Help your cat or dog slim down
It’s estimated that more than half of all the dogs and cats in this countyr are overweight or obese. These extra pounds cause all sorts of health problems and can lead to premature death.