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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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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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How do I stop bats from nesting in an attic?

What is the best way to discourage bats from taking up residence in a house?
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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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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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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 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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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 do I get rid of birds living in an air vent?

On the outside of my house I have at least one bird living in an air vent. I would rather that they lived somewhere else. I was thinking I could put some sort of netting over the vent when the bird ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 do I repair/prevent woodpecker holes in cedar siding?

What is the best way to patch woodpecker holes and deter the woodpeckers from returning? I was thinking of filling the holes with Great Stuff, having the house sprayed inside/outside for insects and ...
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How to get rid of gophers in the back yard without poison?

We don't want to put out poisons, and we have tried most everything else with no success: vibrating pegs traps water in the holes pepper Its to the point where we're ready to pave over the lawn. ...
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How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?

I've got around 8-10 fire ant mounds in my backyard, and a puppy that has recently discovered a love for digging in them. We haven't let her out in the backyard unsupervised for the past week since ...
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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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OK to use fallen branch in garden without treatment?

Recently a large branch fell off of one of our trees (a gum tree, ie hard wood). The branch is about thigh thick and parts of it would make a good garden-bed liner or similar as it is quite straight ...
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How should I deal with an animal in the attic?

My tenants tell me that they hear an animal (possibly a raccoon) in the attic. This is an old (1880s) three story row house with a flat roof and a pretty low (2 ft average, maybe) attic. The house ...
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How do I set traps in the kitchen ceiling when my roof is flat and I lack access?

At night we can hear mice scuttling about over the kitchen. This area of the house has a flat roof above it, and a solid drywall ceiling with no access to the space between the ceiling and the roof. ...
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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 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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What can I do to keep my shed (or house) free of spiders?

I've got an old shed at the end of my garden, this summer I gave it a complete cleanout, but within a few weeks it was back to its cobweb infested state. Being quite an arachnaphobe, it makes getting ...
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How do I find where mice are entering my house?

So the house I just finished remodeling, and am now living in, has a small mouse problem. We have caught a couple of mice, and suspect there may be more. Catching the mice does little good, if more ...
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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 ...
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What are some at-home options for pest control?

I am thinking about ditching my pest guy and going straight DIY. Raid has released a new product called Raid Max Bug Barrier. Lowe's also carries a number of DIY insect treatments. I figure the ...
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How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?

Is it enough to pour boiling water in their mount?