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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 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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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 get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?

Is it enough to pour boiling water in their mount?
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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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Is this termite damage and if so how do I repair it?

I was moving a bolt storage rack in the basement, and when I took it off the wall, I noticed that the wall behind it was moldy. Then I noticed a ripple in the paint going all the way up, and when I ...
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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 can I get rid of gnats and other flies all over my house?

We just moved to a new place and we're noticing that there is a lot of gnats and fruit fly type bugs all over the house! We've been killing 2 or 3 an hour and they keep coming back. We find them all ...
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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 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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How can I get rid of fleas in my crawlspace forever?

I have lived in my house since 2007. I have a large crawlspace (dirt floor, ranging in height) where I have a nice woodworking shop. In 2011 the shop became infested with fleas, but not the ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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What is the best way to fill a 3 inch gap under my concrete front porch?

I'm in need of some help with my concrete foundation. As I was leaving the house this morning I discovered two or three skunks crawling into a gap under my porch. The hole is on the bottom of the ...
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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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What is the most effective way to get rid of silverfish?

I recently moved to an apartment near the ocean and the air is more humid/moist than any of my previous homes. I've noticed that at night a few silverfish always come out in my bathroom (linoleum ...
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How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point?

We just moved into a different house. There seems to be an unusually high probability of insects entering the house compared to other houses. No infestation, but a lot of one-off incidents. The worst ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...