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Get a kitty: (Thanks to Wikipedia for the image)


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Ant Control on Simple Pest Control has a huge list of ant control techniques (even mentioning your boiling water idea, which I'd never heard of - I'll have to try that!). It includes a lot about behavior control, ie, keep them from wanting in your house to begin with, to keeping them out of the areas you don't want them in, etc. The Biological Control ...


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Use a mouse- or rat-trap: (Thanks to Wikipedia for the image.)


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We have fought this problem in our rentals before with success using the following techniques. What doesn't work: Foggers. We treated the rental for MONTHS with weekly applications of foggers - 3 or 4 anti bedbug foggers per floor - hundreds of dollars spent - and the tenants had to leave the building for half a day every week and then deal with the stink ...


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There's always the live trap option as well. Advantages include: No mess No poisons to worry about Disadvantages: The mouse can always find its way back if you don't take it far enough away. I haven't used these myself, so I'm not sure how well they work.


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Spiders are predators, they go where the food is. If spiders are attracted to your shed, it means prey insects are attracted to your shed. Get rid of the prey. Remove nearby vegetation and organic matter that provides food/shelter for bugs Remove any standing water (bird baths, puddles, soil that soaks up moisture) Remove light sources (bugs fly towards ...


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Shoot it with a BB gun. No kidding, I killed one in my old apartment this way. And if you're a good shot, it's one of the most humane ways to kill them. Just have some Resolve, or other carpet cleaner on hand. They bleed way more than you'd think possible. Or if you spot a mouse outside, I'd opt for a .177 caliber pellet rifle. We've been having a mouse ...


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I used a tall plastic bucket once to catch the mice in the garage - I just put a small amount of dog food in the bottom, they could not climb the walls or jump that high to get out. I used a "ramp" made of simple cardboard to the top so that they could hop right in! Safe, no poison and easy to carry out when "full".


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We have used DE effectively to kill bedbugs, so I'll take a shot how should it be applied? We applied it around the borders of all the floors, sprayed it into the walls everywhere we could (mainly into electrical boxes - remove the covers first), and into the underside of plush furniture. In the basement we put it all over the ceiling and walls as ...


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Spraying inside the hole with spray foam such as great stuff then after letting it dry using some wood putty seems to be the best solution I've found. As for woodpeckers, there are typically two possible reasons they've decided to decimate your house. First is insects. This was our main problem, we had a bad carpenter bee problem in our fascia and the ...


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Setting traps will kill what you have, but you still have the problem of the mice getting in. you need to figure out how they are getting into the house. Mice can get through incredibly tiny holes, so it might be a chore to find them all. But as you find holes, seal them up. Steel wool is useful for this as they don't like chewing through it.


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The fleas are most likely lying dormant (deep) in the dirt floor, below where the bombs/sprays will get to. Couple/few options: Pave it. Soak the floor 2' down with a chemical like bleach. Diatomaceous Earth. Number 1 is most permanent, #2 is dangerous as all get-out (and probably illegal), whereas #3 is cheap and safe. Diatomaceous earth is ...


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This is probably a futile exercise. Mice can squeeze through the smallest of gaps so you'd have to virtually hermetically seal your house to prevent any mouse coming in. Obviously you can block up the largest/most obvious holes and make it generally more difficult. What you can do is make your house a less welcoming environment. Make sure that you keep all ...


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Go rent a shopvac, and gently suck them up. Then when you return the shopvac, they will safely place the birds outside of the business for no additional charge (as long as you don't tell them about it.) Just kidding, if they have eggs right now then you will just have to wait. If they don't then there is a plethora of things you can do. The netting is ...


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Bed bugs are hard to see. They get in small cracks (e.g. between the flooring and wall) and can survive for months. Finding them by sight will be next to impossible. But you could have a service inspect the place before you move in. I think some use trained dogs that can smell them. That said, no matter how careful you are, bedbugs can migrate through small ...


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I do not believe that wasps return to the same location to nest. You can deal with removing the nest yourself, or depending on where you live and how cold it gets, you can wait till the winter as they will naturally die when it gets cold. Here are instructions: Wasp nest removal is a fairly simple process. Finding the nest usually entails a quick ...


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A $3 can of wasp spray will do the trick. Hit them at dusk, soak down the nest. The nest will be empty come morning. Some sprays say on the label that they will repel wasps for a couple of months. I always carry several cans of spray in my truck as I run into them constantly when working on houses. Go get um !!!!


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I did a quick search for information about chestnuts and spiders and found conflicting advice. My take is that even it doesn't work, it can't hurt; the worst that can happen is that you still have spiders and some (apparently useless) chestnuts on the floor of your shed. Caulking small gaps in the shed walls is a good idea in general, but the biggest gap ...


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I'm a big fan of covered mouse traps. They work like the traditional mouse traps, but they keep the wrong critters (your pets, that is) from setting off the trap. They also have a nice cocking mechanism.


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Whether you are using any of the varieties of traps or poisons, you also want to remove all possible food sources for the mouse so that the only thing for them to eat is the poisons or the baits on the traps. Sweep the floors. Clean under and behind the stove and fridge. Empty the shelves of your pantry completely and look for droppings and chewed packaging ...


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I'll echo @shirlock homes and ask for clarification if you are dealing with gophers or moles. I'm not sure about gophers, but critters like moles will often burrow and tunnel into a yard because the yard is infested with grubs. They're there to eat the grubs. To get rid of the moles you then treat the grub problem and the moles go away. Check out your ...


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I am a big fan of the Victor Electronic Mouse Trap. They are pretty much fool-proof, and close to 100%. My wife is quite squeamish, and even she can empty them (put the whole trap in a plastic bag, open the door, and shake). They are pricy, but well worth it. We had a bit of a mouse problem last fall, and bought 2. Used a pea-size bit of peanut butter as ...


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These will generally work on hunting spiders, such as jumping, wolf and fiddleback (recluse) spiders. The hunting spiders go and look for food, and will thus be attracted to insect pheromones as they indicate the presence of a group of insects (males fighting over females and/or "orgies" of large numbers of both sexes), providing ample opportunity for the ...


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There are plenty of recommendations out there on the web, but I can't say how well they work. I think the lifespan of a gnat is something along the lines of 15 days, so you basically just have to remove their food source, and they'll be gone in 2 weeks. Clean dishes quickly, keep everything clean, get rid of potted plants (they feed on the manure found in ...


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For live traps, I have had good luck with the Ketch all. It will trap multiple mice in one shot, it is reliable, and the mice seem to enter the trap even without baiting.


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We've had crickets getting into our basement, I believe through a gap somewhere in the basement egress window edges. Those windows have timber-lined window wells, and they like to sneak around between the timbers. I just threw down a bunch of Ortho Home Defense MAX all around the house last night, paying special attention in the window wells, and it was ...


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When I bought my house it had a big problem with mice. Within an hour of putting the boxes of my stuff in the house, mice had eaten into the cardboard and were attacking any food inside. I had to throw away quite a lot of the food I moved in with. I subsequently found out that the previous owners had tried traps and had put poison all over the place to no ...


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Not knowing where the house is limits the advice. However since it has a flat roof, I'm going to assume it's not anywhere where it snows a lot. You need to get a professional for several reasons. In most states, as a landlord, you're required to do something and the only way you can demonstrate due diligence with something like this is court is to hire a ...


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If you do it your self (not endorsing, and see comment by The Evil Greebo) you could put a more secure plug in by using hydraulic cement. To ensure that it does not come out, holes or cracks are usually back cut (the hole is made wider below the opening so that its diameter is greater than the diameter of the opening). This can be done with a small masonry ...


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Those are definitely termite tubes. Those are the exploratory tubes that termites make when they come out of the soil and are exposed to air and light. They build the tubes out of dirt and their feces to protect them when out of the ground. Definitely termite tunnels. These are common on the side of a house, or inside a crawl space going up foundation walls. ...



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