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How can I get rid of a mouse in my house?

There is a mouse in my house. What's the most effective way to get rid of the mouse (and any "friends" it might have) and ensure that it doesn't come back.
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Permanent solution for cockroach problem

We have too many cockroaches at home. And we have tried many options (Hit, Raid, local spray -endosulfan) but they keep coming back. Is there a permanent solution for this?
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Can I prevent bed bugs?

I'm moving in to a new unfurnished apartment. Many apartments in my city are reported to have bed bugs. Is there anything I can do to prevent bed bugs from moving in? For example, does it help to ...
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Is it necessary to remove old wasp nests?

The house and barn I just bought was not very well maintained. In the attic of the house there are about 50 abandoned wasps nests (as it is winter). The barn has well over 100. I know I need to ...
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Any words of advice on dealing with termites?

I have confirmed today that I have a termite infestation in my house. We found a recent tube build through the crack in the foundation and some termite activity outside. Any words of advice on ...
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Can I reuse a live rodent trap?

After finding, what turned out to be squirrel scat in my attic, I set a live a trap to catch the animal in question. I didn't know if they were caused by rats or squirrels, but my suspension was ...
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Sand dribbling out under baseboard. What could cause this?

The scenario: Slab on grade construction. House built 1938, slab poured in 1950's we think. San Francisco area. New framing, new hardwood floor, new baseboards. Completion 6 months ago. Altriset ...
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I have flies after painters came

I had painters here about 6 weeks ago. After closing all windows, etc. I had to kill numerous flies - 50? I am still seeing flies, though not nearly as many in my house. I don't know how they are ...
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What is the proper, safe, and effective way to apply diatomaceous earth?

We are looking at using diatomaceous earth against bed bugs. However, we're having trouble finding any reliable information on how to use it properly. Our questions are: how should it be applied? ...
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How can I confirm a skunk inhabitation, and then persuade the stinky squatter to vacate?

I'm fairly sure a skunk has taken up residence under my deck. I'm concerned that my dogs may be sprayed, or worse contract a disease and/or parasites from the animal. Our area is loaded with skunks,...
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How can I block this venting from rodents?

As a follow up to this question, I have two 54' x 3 " gaps running the length of an overhang in my roof supposedly for venting. I believe these to be the point of entry for some squirrels and who ...
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How can I keep lizards away from my room?

How can I keep lizards away from my room? I live in a hostel and I do not want to kill them. Is there a drug that can just repel them?
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How do I get rid of these bees/wasps in my sunroom?

Found this in my sunroom this morning: It's hard to see (I didn't want too get too close) but the bees are really strange looking - very long almost like 2 bees connected in a row. I know there's ...
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What kind of spider web is this - and how do I get rid of it?

This web is in the corner of our house. I see that there is funnel-web spider that lives in Arizona, but not any in Kentucky that look like this. Is this the harmless North American version, or ...
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Should we cover weep holes with wire mesh?

We just bought our first home and we had advice some friends that we should cover the weep holes with wire mesh, to prevent bugs and other things from going inside. Is that a good idea? Please advise.
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How can I get rid of springtails?

I don't exactly know how or why, but seems my house is starting to get more of these things - springtails. I've checked all over the internet, and it says there is too much moisture, however, they ...
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How can I remove mice from my house?

I live in a townhome which is a 2nd and 3rd floor unit. On the 3rd floor is a closet with a crawlspace entrance which is the attic. There are definitely mice running around in there. I tried to ...
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What is the best time of year to remove bee nests?

Is there a season when it's easiest to remove bee nests? I.E. The bees are dormant?
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Are these brown finger-like things on the outside of my house caused by termites?

Is this ground termite? This is on the outside of a wall in the backyard. This is the only occurrence of this thing. Should I be worried? Should I call someone to look at it? OR can I fix this ...
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How can I prevent mice from entering my house?

Every fall when the weather gets cooler it is a given that a mouse will end up in my house. I understand that this happens probably to most home owners (especially considering the number of trees I ...
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How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?

We're trying to track the origin of a very putrid smell in our condominium. We have a loft type home, which means two floors with a drywall ceiling between the first and second floor. I first noticed ...
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How do I locate where bed bugs hide?

Location: Hong Kong Recently I have had a problem with bed bugs in my house. I've seen them and confirmed they are bed bugs. I've googled for a way to kill bed bugs. A most accepted solution is to ...
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When to stop putting out mouse traps?

So last week my wife and I discovered some evidence of mice fooling around in our kitchen at night (e.g. shuffled cleaning supplies under the sink, hoarded dog food, and of course their droppings). ...
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Are there pet friendly insecticides that kill only spiders?

Is there a insecticide that only kills spiders? I have a cat and a dog. So, I have to be careful what I use.
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What is the most effective way to destroy cockroach and centipede size pests? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some at-home options for pest control? I know one way to kill cockroach but not centipedes would be to dip pieces of potato in boric acid put them around the house ...
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How to get rid of a few mosquitoes/gnats that constantly sneak in?

I live in an older house, a duplex. I constantly see a few mosquitoes or gnats sneaking in and biting me at night. It's really annoying. It is mainly on the bottom floor, where the A/C vents go to the ...
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How to deal with Mice coming into the Baby's Room [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get rid of a mouse in my house? Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby ...
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Does anything need to be done to prep the ground before building a low height deck?

Previously I asked about How to add on to a concrete patio? I am still considering my options and am now considering making a wood deck instead of a concrete patio. The deck would be about 14 feet by ...
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How to tell if my new, unfurnished apartment has bed bugs?

I just signed the lease on a new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I did so after looking up the address and seeing that it had been listed twice in the bed bug registry. In 2009, a tenant said a ...
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Should I apply termite preventative products to pressure treated wood?

There are pressure treated (4"x4") fence posts (set in concrete) nearby to a house. In that area there were previously termites (professionally treated in-ground). This is in a humid region, along the ...
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How do I prevent small tiny insects (bugs / ants) that are crawling on the walls? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to stop tiny ants from entering my home? How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point? Do I just spray some ...
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How do I eliminate and prevent future stink bug infestations?

Throughout the winter we tended to have 1-2 stink bugs buzzing around the house on any given day. We'd either vacuum them up or put them in the disposal. The humidity picked up for a bit and yesterday ...
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What is the best way to stop tiny ants from entering my home? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point? I've got tiny ants coming in from the window above the sink in the kitchen. We are ...
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How do I set up a massive spider glue trap like the one found on Reddit a week ago?

The thread details are at http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/kdmd2/thought_id_check_the_spider_trap_i_stuck_in_my/. Does anyone know what sort of glue trap I should buy? And what are the best ...
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What kind of paint/stain will prevent bees?

For exposed pine, like a roof eave, how can the wood be treated to prevent bees from tunneling into the wood, or building nests? Edit: Currently, I'm using a water-based stain, to no effect.
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Do Victor Poison-Free Insect Magnet Traps actually work on spiders?

Victor Poison-Free Insect Traps I trapped a few in an old apartment. But I've had spiders running free in my own room - despite the presence of THREE traps.
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How to check my house for termites?

I may just be paranoid so I don't want to call out an exterminator, or buy a bunch of stuff I don't need. How to I tell if I have termites? Are there preventative measures I should take even if I ...
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Are ultrasonic ant repellents effective?

I'm considering an ultrasonic ant repellent for the kitchen (where I'd rather not use a chemical pesticide). Do these things work?
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How to repel pigeons so that they don't loiter behind my windows?

I live in a apartment in a multistory building. Pigeons often sit onto edges of window openings behind my windows and leave excrements which is rather annoying. Is there some simple, preferably ...
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How are the rats getting in?

I have rat traps in my attic and I catch a rat every few months. Answers on rat/mice problems - such this one There's a mouse in my house! - always include the suggestion to track down how they ...
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How do I address a bedbug infestation?

This bug problem is really stressing me out. I doubt they are bedbugs though because there aren't a lot. I remove 3-8 from my bed a day, and I've read that bedbugs are present in much greater numbers. ...
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How can I protect books in my study from rats/mice?

I've discovered that rats/mice are living in my home. At night they come into my study and chew any books they can find, so I had planned to exterminate them by placing rat poison in the study. ...
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What should I do about a gap between hardwood and drywall?

First-time home-owner - house less than 1 year old. We had our home built last December, and have been discovering all sorts of problems with it. The latest was a trail of ants within our kitchen ...