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How do I prevent critters from burrowing under house?

A critter that I have not been able to identify is getting under the house. When I hear it I run out & either it hides very well or takes off before I get there. I am thinking its a cat, raccoon ...
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How would I go about “smoking out” rodents from attic before I patch all known entryways?

I have to seal up some holes in my house were pests are getting in. But before I do, I want to flush out the ones that I hear up in my attic and elsewhere in hard to get places. I can't reach parts ...
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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 can I mitigate copper naphthenate (copper green) smell indoors?

Our contractor treated the edge of some plywood and the bottom of some studs with copper naphthenate. The goal was to treat yummy wood at the concrete interface, which is a good thing since termites ...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I noticed that there was a 1" gap between the edge of either side of the bottom rubber weather strip on the garage door and the door frame. Now I see that it is 3-4", and likely being chewed by ...
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What kind of bug is this?

I apologize for the poor photos but if anyone can figure out what type of bug this is that would be a great help! I was sweeping the other night and when I looked down at my pile I realized some ...
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Weapon for scorpion hunting? [closed]

I'm a new homeowner, and I purchased in a low-price area in East Mesa, Arizona. It is a great house and I got a great deal, but I discovered some scorpions outside the house (see photo) while I was ...
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Are mice dying in my loft?

I have a downstairs toilet that protrudes from the side of the house. As a result, it has a loft area that is not accessible without cutting into the plasterboard ceiling. Mice are fairly common in ...
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How do I deal with a wasp nest?

I recently discovered a fairly large (a few hundred wasps, from the look of it) wasp-nest under the eaves on the side of my house. Anyways, I called a exterminator (Terminix, actually), and they ...
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How can I prevent animals from eating my wooden swingset?

I have a Rainbow swingset made of a Chinese wood called Cunninghamia. The squirrels and deer in my backyard have begun to chew the wood relentlessly. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from ...
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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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How to get rid of cockroaches?

How can we get rid of cockroaches in our house? Things we already do and have failed in keeping the roaches away: No uncovered food left outside ever. The house and bathroom are cleaned everyday ...
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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 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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bugs in kitchen

We live in Nashville, Tennessee. There are these bugs which infested our whole kitchen and eating away at all the foods like flour, sugar, pulses and almost everything else. And they even bite us or ...
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How can I get rid of mosquitoes?

For indoor use, in living and bedroom. Search for 'wantrn 3 in 1 mosquito trap' should see something like Description says it uses CO2 - carbon dioxide. I know its harmless unless there is so much ...
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Eliminate bed bugs from flat

How to eliminate bed bugs from flat? I have tried pest control etc. After a few days they come back due to moisture.
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How to deal with invisible mites?

I do not feel them, but the two females in the house complain of being bitten by the largely invisible mites. The bites itch and the overall situation disgusts them... The pests are, probably, bird ...
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How do I remove an underground paper hornets nest?

I have this huge (paper plate sized) hornet (I think they are hornets) nest. The property has many Vol holes and is about 30-40 feet from our drinking well. What is the most appropriate way to handle ...
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How to prevent small birds from getting trapped inside open double-hung windows?

I have a double-hung window which has an AC unit, meaning it is always open. Occasionally, like just now, small birds get trapped in between the panels and they can't get out because it is narrow and ...
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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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What's the quickest way to get rid of larvaes and [clothing] moths at home?

We've moved to this apartment two months ago. The apartment was apparently repainted, while the building is no older than 10 years, but every single part of seems intact for all these years. I've been ...
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How to deal with ants in wall

I have a pretty bad ant infestation. I think the little critters are Argentine ants. I've used a couple of bottles of Terro (I usually put down about a quarter bottle at a time). It does slow them ...
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How to deal with Carpenter Bees boring into my front porch?

I noticed a single "bumblebee" hovering in front of my front door for days. When my handyman was out doing some repairs, he told me that it isn't a bumblebee, but a carpenter bee. Then he showed me ...
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Termite damage? Coming through drywall

Please see the pictures. Single small hole in the drywall. The debris is from one day. Is this a termite exit hole? We live in Sacramento - Central California. I can't find any other signs. The ...
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What can be used to fill holes on top of a lamp fixture?

I'm trying to provide a solution for a restaurant I frequent. They always seem to get flies inside their light fixtures. We discovered after examining the fixture that there are 3 or 4 small holes on ...
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What to do to prevent/get-rid of snakes?

This morning we found a snake in our front yard, this is the first time in 5-6 years that we've ever seen one in our yard. The next door neighbor did sell his home to someone who is rebuilding it. So ...
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How to catch smart mice that avoid anything that remotely looks like a trap?

We've had mice since last year (maybe even the year before) and they seem to have smartened up after successfully using snap traps the first time we noticed them. We probably caught at most 10 and I'm ...
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Can I fill this AC line inlet with expanding foam?

I think the PVC inlet for my AC lines is a possible entryway for mice getting into my attic. Is there any reason I shouldn't fill it with expanding foam to seal it off? Or is there a better, less ...
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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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What is the most effective exterior insecticide?

I am planning on doing a perimeter spray around my house. There are a lot of different options for insecticide but I have not been able to find any comparison or description of the different ...
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How to find the source of a wasp infestation?

I have found a wasp 5 times in my small one bedroom apartment this week and I have not opened any windows and the door to my apartment is located inside. How do I determine where these wasps are ...
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How to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells

What are proven ways to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells? Any sort of screen presents a clogging problem. Each action of the pump may disturb any layer of cooking oil used, or dislodge ...
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Why do I have house flies in my carport?

I bought my home in early September 2012. I noticed that flies were flocking around a light in my open air carport whether it was on or off. I tried a few products like fly tape, spray and a fly trap. ...
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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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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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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, the plugs pop out in ...
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What are these bugs and how do I get rid of them?

I am currently staying with my family in Shanghai, China and they have this bug problem in one of the rooms. It is some type of small brown bug with no visible legs and they are concentrated near the ...
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What's the best way to get rid of ants?

I have ants occasionally in the summer come through the cracks in my garage floor. What is the best way to eliminate them?
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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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Is it safe to use Biflex TC for termite control in my house?

Today I found that my house is infested with termites. It's really scary the way they affect wooden stuff inside the house. I contacted a few agencies here in my city (Ahmedabad, India). The one that ...
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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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Do termites stay in the wall?

I feel a need to double check this. I found a couple mud tubes going into a wall along with some minor damage to some paneling inside. I removed the paneling, sprayed some termite killer in there and ...
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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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Get rid of squirrels without poison or bb gun?

The squirrels around my house keep getting in stuff, chewing stuff up, and in general are just causing a mess. What's the best way to get rid of them? Looking for solutions online it seems I can get ...
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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? ...