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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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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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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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You may want to take a look at Mosquito Dunks: Kills mosquito larvae for 30 days! Mosquito Dunks have been used by professionals for more than a decade and have proven their value in destroying mosquitoes - by killing the larvae before they mature into biting adults. Made with Bt-israelensis (Bt-i), a highly specific biological pesticide, this ...


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CO2 in a sealed jar.. small piece of dry ice.. should be very painless, mouse would go unconscious before dying. The NIH abstract listed here agrees CO2 is an effective and pain free method: Helium would also work, bit harder to dispense from balloon to kill jar.


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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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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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In addition to introducing predators like fish and dragonflies and moving water, many folks use Rabon blocks which are fed to livestock to prevent flies and mosquitoes from breeding in the animal waste. Rabon (tetrachlorvinphos) blocks are nontoxic to animals but cause the larva to not develop and thus interrupts the life cycle of mosquitoes and flies. You ...


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Wear a thick glove, the gardening kind is preferred. Flip a Ziplock or similar plastic bag inside out and cover your glove with it. Firmly grab the mouse (and its associated trap) with your gloved, "plasticked" hand and with your free hand, roll the Ziplock back out so you can seal it completely, with the mouse trapped inside. Lay it on the floor, ...


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I know this is late, but it may be of help for others. Get some Mosquitofish. We were able to go to a resource in our County (don't remember which one) and they gave them to us for free. Started with 6 and now we have too many to count. The good thing is that they are self-regulating as far as population goes. If you cannot find a county resource to get ...


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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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According to Cait McKeown (a National Mice Club (UK) member and judge), the most humane method of mouse euthanasia is chloroform. Unfortunately, the chemical is hazardous (even deadly in high dosage) to humans as well as mice, so it's difficult to obtain. Also impractical for most people, veterinarians sometimes use halothane or another anesthetic gas. ...


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Honey bees are different than most other kinds of bees (yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, and bumble bees): Honey bees survive in the winter by staying in their nest, consuming their honey, and huddling together to keep warm. Yellow jackets, on the other hand, have a life cycle basically of: In the spring, the queen finds a location and starts foraging and ...


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I am a huge fan of Amdro. I find it works most of the time in a day. Every now and then I get a mound that needs a second application. I find good results if I don't mess with the mound and I hit them in the morning. Having a pet I do spread some bait outside of his play area even when there are no mounds. I have even gone into my neighbors lot and ...


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Sounds like bed bugs to me. Have you, or anyone else, noticed bite marks? Sleep with a flashlight near the bed and if you wake up at night, use that to look for them (too much light will scare them away). My suggestion is to strip the bed of all linens and wash them (you need heat to kill them, hot water and/or hot air from the dryer). Remove and check ...


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If the underside is white or lighter, its a black rat snake. This could could be a black king snake, but it would be weird. My money is with black rat snake or eastern rat snake. This snake is not venomous. It matches the pattern and has white inbetween the scales, so I believe it to inbetween youth and adult phases. This decribes the faint white pattern. ...


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If the product you used mostly worked, you may want to try a second application to wipe out the rest of the colony. After doing some research there doesn't seem to be any tried and true solution to killing the ants (at least none I could find, I'm sure there are tricks exterminators use that they don't want to share), but most solutions seem to involve ...


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Seeing cracks on the walls or ceiling is fairly obvious, but the common hidden gaps that let insects in are usually hidden from sight. They are usually around light fixture electrical boxes and under moldings around windows or exterior doors. The best way to stop these unwanted pests is to remove device covers and light canopies and caulk around the ...


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We went away on holidays for 4 weeks and returned to a house full of flies. I sprayed them everyday and kept all the flyscreens shut so they couldn't get into the house, but somehow they just kept multiplying! There was nothing in the house that smelled off or any food scraps or dead animals. After 4 days of this driving me insane I realised that our coffee ...


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There may be many points, and they may not be what you think. First off, squirrels can squish themselves down and fit through a hole much smaller than you'd think they could. Don't rule any holes out because they're too small (well, other than say the vents in your soffit). Check soffits, vents, corners, anywhere wiring or pipes enter (anywhere in the ...


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If you see indications of a sloppy installation such as a hole being cut too large there may be some steps you can take, but otherwise I'd probably just leave it alone. (Though it would be useful if you could post a picture or at least describe what type of light fixture it is.) Bugs are going to get into all sorts of places regardless of what you do. Even ...


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Boric Acid Insecticidal Dust is great for getting rid of roaches. Just put it behind your stove, refrigerator, and dish washer and wherever else they may crawl and it will take care of them. Also I spray around the foundation of my entire house with an all purpose outdoor insect spray each spring when the weather starts to warm up. That usually takes ...


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My first question is "What kind of bugs?" We have never had a pest control person at our house, and we deal with beetles, ants, wasps (evil, evil wasps), flies, spiders, etc. and we've never had a problem with them in the house. I try to avoid chemicals when I can, but I've had good luck with different "natural" treatments. Outside, we have both fly and ...


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What you have described is bed bugs, however a pic would confirm this. They are small ovals with brown or reddish rust color. Bed bugs travel vast distances to get to you at night. They are nocturnal hunters that use your CO2 to hone in. While the answers I have read so far are a good way to start the process... know this. Just cleaning your bed or even ...


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Looks like termites. Termites travel in mud tubes and those pictures look like your drywall has lots of mudtubes. They may not be eating the drywall (maybe the paper) but using it as a conduit to get to your wood. That bug is a some sort of fly. It could be a dragonfly with a pair of wings missing or eaten. A dragonfly is a predator of a termite. But ...


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Start from the other end. Find where you know they've been, and look around for signs of a trail. Damaged or displaced materials like insulation, footprints in dust, chewed areas, droppings, etc., and see if you can follow it down. If you know they are up there pretty often, try spreading something like talcum powder all around, they might leave a trail ...


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Like others have said, there's probably a dead thing somewhere. However, depending on the fly type, they could be breeding in very dirty water or in pretty much any organic matter. For example, some will breed in rotting vegetation, some will eat wool or fleece if they have too. So looking for pretty much anything out of the way that could be rotting. You ...



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