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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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Drain Fly Infestation

After having a bathroom toilet drain clog cleared by a plumber by using a snake, we have experienced an infestation of drain moths. How may we eliminate the infestation?
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source of flies

Ive started to find big black house flies in my house that I haven't seen before. Initially I suspected that they came in when the door was open but we have been keeping the door shut all the time now ...
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Identify and exterminate bug

Please help me identify and exterminate this insect:
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How to get rid of cockroaches using natural products?

They come from open junction box on kitchen wall, and they spotted around fridge. Recently been seeing one or two in bedrooms. I think its because I sprayed Raid in the kitchen. This been going around ...
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What is this bug? And should I be concerned?

I live in a high-rise condo. I have noticed a few bugs flying or crawling around in the room lately. They look harmless, but I am not sure where they come from. They have a unique trapezoid shape. ...
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Can flies get in the house from the septic tank?

I recently bought a house which is completely empty, no food or anything, but a constant source of dead house flies is found on the floors. How can they be getting in? I checked all the windows and ...
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How to get rid of ants on ceiling?

I tried Borax with sugar as bait but these ants are not taking it. They wonder aimlessly on ceiling, they come from an electrical junction box in kitchen. There is no visible path it's just circling ...
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Is this a wood destroying insect?

I live in Austin, TX, USA. Just looked under a wooden table in my dining room (shares wall with outside of house) and saw this little tubes hanging underneath. A few still had live worm-like guys ...
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Is this a drain fly? [closed]

The fly/moths have been increasing in my apartment. All my windows are closed. All summer there would occasionally be a few in my bathroom, and in the past week I sometimes come home to find tens of ...
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Can anyone help me figure out what type of bug this is?

In the past weeks I've had these bugs show up. First on my dinner table and now on a book shelf. I've sprayed bug spray and then vinegar on the table itself. But it doesn't seem to deter them.
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Can anyone tell me what type of woodworm this is, and what to use to kill it?

There's a video here of a woodworm beetle poking it's head out of a hole, that i filmed on my phone with a little macro lens. I'd already treated the wood with this water-based woodworm killer, and ...
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What screen to use to keep flies and gnats out at night?

Every Summer, I like having the windows open in my house. The problem is that if there is a light on, small flies and gnats always come in through the window screen as they are drawn to the light. I ...
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Things to keep all manner of bugs away from home?

This seemed like a decent place to ask this question. I have incredible amounts of wasps, bees spiders around my home (specifically on my porch and around my workout station outside). I also have a ...
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Insect pods on walls...how to eradicate?

Our house and detached garage (in Los Angeles) was fumigated before we moved in. After a year or so, these pods (~0.5") started showing up in some exterior walls and interior walls. Here are two ...
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Woodlouse that already infesting applied plywood floor

I'm building a server room that is using plywood as its flooring, which unfortunately is infested by woodlouse, wood beetle, or some kind. I realize it just after the floor is finished being installed....
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Insects on Hem-Fir/SPF lumber?

What are these insects and should I be concerned? They're about 1/8" in length and don't look like termites or pine beetles. I don't see any insect-related damage to the wood but they seem to have a ...
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Damp Drywall: Insects

A recently detected dishwasher leak (2nd floor) has been feeding water to the drywall in the bedroom underneath. There are water stains on the ceiling and the wall's paint show traces of water ...