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How do I create sturdy low ceiling without much destruction to the side walls

You can see a bathroom in the below picture. It doesn't have closed ceiling , so I'm thinking I'd place a sturdy low ceiling on top of the bathroom walls and keep a small door so I can make use of the ...
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What are these bugs on my kitchen ceiling?

I hope someone can help me identify this bug. They are black, really small and have wings. They are not love bugs, but they are fond of attaching to one another the way love bugs do, and they keep ...
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Closing gap between insect screen and basement window

I have a basement window that has an insect screen in it. But there's a lot of space around the screen. First, the screen is not solidly fixed where it is. Second, as you can see from the photos below....
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Pull tabs on insect screen

I am building an insect screen kit from ADFORS. I've built them before, I can get the mesh in, with the spine, no problem. I also know how to install the tension springs. What I do not know, is how to ...
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Why not spray bug repellent (DEET) on siding next to exterior lights?

At night, every bug in America flies up to my exterior lights and dies attached to my siding. There are constantly dead insects around my exterior light fixtures. Is there any reason not to spray some ...
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Identification of droppings found in kitchen

Can anyone identify these droppings, which appeared in a kitchen drawer and under the sink? They're hard, jet-black, and about the size of grains of rice. They look too dark to be from a mouse, and ...
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What are these small white bugs all over my house and how do I get rid of them? [closed]

What are the small white bugs that are often found on black surfaces in my house? They are very smaller than ants. They seem to be all over the items in the house (Not only on black surfaces but ...
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What is this black bug with wings (pictured) coming out of my A/C condensate line floor drain, and how do I get rid of it?

I observed hundreds of this small insect outside and inside my laundry room on the ground level. They appear to be coming from a floor drain in the laundry room (more detail below). I am confused ...
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What type of wood-boring insect cause this type of damage in a rafter?

I recently discovered the following damages in a rafter. Location is California. What type of wood-boring insect cause this type of damage? What are some treatments to stop the cause?
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Do I need water traps on my sinks with dry-well greywater collection?

My house has been fitted with water traps in toilet and bathrooms drains which is quite good, but I can see that my kitchen sink, washing machine outlet pipe and regular wash basin don't have water ...
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Does wood oil stop woodworm ingress?

I have a can of wood oil branded "Osmo TopOil". It makes no claim about any resistance to woodboring insects, and having used it before, I thought the coating was fairly subtle and not very ...
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Will insects/rot from an untreated log in my garden spread to my house?

I have a large fresh log from a tree my neighbors cut down earlier this year in my yard. I got it to serve as a bench and grow mushrooms on, with the hope that it would eventually start decomposing ...
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What is this growing outside my window?

Just noticed this on my window (external), it has been raining for a few days last week not sure if that's related. Location: Melbourne, Australia. What is it? How to deal with this?
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Is this an insect nest?

I have found this little formation of ca. 5 cm (2 inches) near my bedroom window. I have seen no insects crawling or flying around it. I'm in southern Europe (Italy / coastal Tuscany), and it is late ...
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Idea about fitting flyscreens on outside of inaccessible windows

I have moved into the 3rd storey of an apartment building that doesn't have any flyscreens. Unfortunately, with the vast amount of rain we've experienced over the last few months (and are likely to ...
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Started seeing these bugs in patio door slide

Started seeing these in my patio door frame, any idea what these are? Location: NJ
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Flies in apartment bathroom

As of about 1-2 months ago, I've had these small, black flies constantly show up in my apartment bathroom. They show up in the bathtub more than anything else, sometimes on the shower curtain, ...
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Fly problem in my condo

so for the past month I've had these little flies in my condominium. I cannot for the life of me figure out where they are coming from, and I am trying to find out what type of flies they are. I've ...
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Keep bugs out of laser-cut panel?

In order to hide the electrical boxes, I want to put a vertical divider between my grill & my house, and because of the grill it needs to be heat-tolerant, so I'm building a wall out of metal ...
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Sealing Carpet and Baseboards

Would it be okay to use duct tape (or any kind of tape) to seal the space between carpet and baseboards? I've had various run-ins with pests and have always seen bugs come from baseboards and windows. ...
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Holes in wood furniture: identifying the cause

About one year ago, we settled in a new house in south west France. We also bought a new wood table (made of reused wood from older furnitures). I heard a bit of noise in the room last night while ...
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flies everywhere

I have noticed tons of flies in the downstairs porch window and soon they where everywhere -- third, second and first floor windows/porches and even some inside our home. We have a tiny little ...
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Electric or Propane Heater for bed bug extermination?

We have a bed bug issue and have found out that heat is the best way to kill them. Would it be better to use an electric heater or a propane heater? How long would it take for each to heat up a ~200 ...
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Mud tubes on outside of house:What to do?

There are 3 mud tubes on the outside of a basement window, under a deck. They are not connected to the ground. What might I do about them? See photos. enter image description here
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What is the name of the retracting part of a dog lead?

I want to build a retracting insect screen having two of the retracting “bearings” holding a rod between, and having the mesh on the rod. I’ve spent hours of research to get the name of the part ...
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What is this insect that seems to hatch from OSB?

These insects are everywhere in the house and they seem to hatch inside. New construction, frame structure with Oriented Stand Boards. Country side located, lowland fields, temperate climate (Romania)....
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How can I find how insects are getting into my house?

I have a problem with insects getting into my house which is strange because I have a modern, well-made house with air-tight construction and high-quality insulating windows. Nevertheless one type of ...
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Is this a termite?

There's a bunch of these critters on my window sill. There doesn't appear to be damage from what I can tell, but I don't know if it's termites. They are super tiny so I had to zoom in with my phone ...
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Help to identify and remove mold on wooden-furniture

A couple of months ago I found a lot of small yellow solid dots on the shelves of the bookcase in my bedroom. As it was an old piece of furniture, so I took the chance to buy a new one. I carefully ...
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What made these holes in my 2x4 stud?

I'm framing up a basement, and one of the 2x4 studs I bought had these curious holes in them, presumably made by an insect. The insect didn't appear to be still around, and the damage done to the ...
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Eliminating moth flies (and larvea) of unknown origin found mostly in kitchen

I've been battling some relatively slow-moving flying pests and their larvae. Based on my Internet research I'm 90% certain that these are "moth flies". They are found mostly on the ceiling ...
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Raised black line in basement drywall

Does anyone know what this is? My best guesses are either some type of mold or something insect related. This is on drywall in a finished basement connected to an exterior wall. I live in Chicago, in ...
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How is a gable vent attached to vinyl siding?

Apparently this gable vent wasn't installed correctly as there is a horde of wasps that has moved in. My plan had been to douse them with waspicide, remove the vent, and then seal the hole, but I'd ...
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What is this moth-like insect that come through my window screen?

Here is a picture. I see a lot of insects like these near my window. Anyone has ideas about what species are they and how to avoid attracting them? Thanks!
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What's the name of this wood-eating animal and how to purge it?

I have had issues with an insect, which looks like a beetle, in a rented house in a humid mediterranean climate. I noticed they had infested a wooden chair from hearing a faint rattling sound in the ...
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What are these dead insects under my kitchen cabinets?

After removing kitchen cabinets we found these dead insects underneath? What are they? There flooring in my kitchen isn’t completely covered. For example kitchen cabinets have no flooring ...
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How can I keep bugs out of a basement?

I can't believe this hasn't been asked before. But with covid-19, I've started working i my previously unused basement. It's half finished, half not. And in the finished rooms I've been noticing on ...
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What is this grey fungus/insect, and is it damaging the woodwork?

Yesterday my parents discovered these 'things' attached to the varnished wooden fascia board outside the downstairs bathroom. They are attached to the outside of the house, in a sheltered spot. They ...
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What should I do about a small fly infestation in my kitchen?

So, a few weeks ago, I had a medical emergency that got me "locked up" in a hospital for a few weeks. Today, I came home, and they were dozens and dozens of little flies in my kitchen. The thing is, ...
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What is this bug poop or dirt that keeps reappearing every few months by a wood beam?

I vacuum this up every few months and it keeps reappearing. What type of bug is living in this wood and should I be worried? This dirt seems like the bug's poop or something
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Fly in my house (Santa Clara County, California)

Not exactly a DIY question. But I have recently noticed a lot of flies in my house. They look like mostly horse flies (completely black in color). I have used electric impulse swing racquet to kill ...
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Does Rosemary repel mosquitoes from home? [closed]

Setting out the mosquito repellent plants in your home is the best option to keep mosquitos away. Plants not only avoid mosquitoes away but also provide you fresh air to breathe.
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How to prevent cockroaches climbing onto something?

Not much info I could find on what surfaces do cockroaches are unable to climb - nor I have read much into their precise methods of how do they climb stuff, however on this website: https://www....
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How to get rid of mosquitos at my front door?

I don't why but in spring and summer time outside the main door of the house, there are usually 15 to 20 mosquitos just lying around. It is so bad to the point we have to avoid using the main door and ...
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Indoor ant control: Caulk up baseboard and counter/wall junction?

Background I rent a 1-bedroom apartment on the 9th floor of a highrise. I've been trying to solve an ant problem over the past two months, including three bouts of commercial bait that is suppose to ...
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What is this insect and how to kill it?

What is the name of insect in linked photo and how we can kill it in easy way
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Where are the flies in my Toronto condo coming from?

My new 2-bedroom condominium, built in 2010, lies on the 9th floor and near Eglinton TTC station. I got no plants. My kitchen sink has no garbage disposal. I keep all food or produce in the ...
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Tiny White Insects Under Peeling Stucco

I'm having trouble identifying some insects I came across crawling around my foundation outdoors. This is in southwest Ontario. On two sides of my house the foundation concrete is covered with a ...
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What are these black bugs and how do I get rid of them?

These bugs keep appearing from under my baseboard. The ones laying out are never moving but when I vacuumed them up, I sucked whatever would come out from under the baseboard which made some lives ...
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What critter (insect?) removes sand from between paving bricks?

Something is excavating sand/mortar from between paving bricks, as seen here. I thought it was ants, but I've placed ant traps and bait and there seems to be no effect. Also, when the mounds are ...
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