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Is PEX very susceptible to damage from rats/rodents?

A friend of mine wants to re-plumb his house. The neighborhood has recurring issues with rats. I heard rats like to (as in "seek out opportunities to") chew through and damage PEX plumbing, whether ...
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How do I get bats in the house to leave?

Do they tend to stay on the top floor? Do they prefer warmer or cooler air? Also, do they always avoid lights? (will they prefer to go into a room with no lighting, as opposed to one with lighting)?
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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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Rats - dealing with what appears to be a colony of them

Appears that we have a a large amount of rats that have taken to forming a complex tunnel system in a small patch of ground between the alley and our garage. There is an old stump, whose submerged ...
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What bug is this? And how can I get rid of them?

I recently became an expat to a southeast Asian country and found that bugs are a fact of life here, this one particular breed has really brought out the heeby-jeebies in me. This little critter tends ...
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Is this a termite? What bug has been eating my wood?

Replacing some drywall revealed something has been destroying the wood behind it. While removing things to see more, I saw 3 of these kind of bugs. I originally thought carpenter ants were the cause ...
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Why is this roof covered in pigeons? [closed]

I was out walking the other day and observed something strange with one house having a number of pigeons congregating on the roof. (This is not my home, so I have no insight into internal details.) A ...
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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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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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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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Recovery from a trashing: exterminator first or disaster recovery cleaners first?

So, as part of the project that is my (inherited) house in southwestern Missouri, the house finally has been dejunked from the human-inflicted disaster that happened to it. (Worse tenants than us were ...
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does anyone know this bug?

I found these bugs in my bathroom in New York City. I can't find them on pest control websites. They don't look like roaches. Any ideas of what they are and how to get rid of them?
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Bird sleeping and eating soffit. How to make sure it is not coming back?

I found this morning a bird (Northern Flicker?) sleeping and eating my house (see picture). The bird is able to hang there and put his head in one of the hole. I suppose the bird do that to get some ...
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infared camera for mice? [closed]

Our home has many mice, a few rats and possibly a squirrel. Concerned about them chewing on wires in our two-story with brick fireplace. Should I invest in an infared camera- or is this overkill?
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How to remove wasp nest and let them leave

I find that there are some wasps flying around my house, and even built their honeycomb near the roof or soffit vent. Are there any methods to remove them or let these wasps leave? Thanks.
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insect eating holes in concrete

My sister has an infestation of winged insects eating through the cinderblocks of her basement. Needless to say, this is terrifying. What are they and how do you control them? These insects bored ...
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House Centipede

The number of insects shown in the image below is growing in my home. In order to know how to fight with their growth, I need to know its name, so I search for the rest. What is the name if this ...
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Dealing with woodworms

I am dealing with woodworms at home and I am looking for an effective method to contain their spreading and eliminate them from my furniture. I would just like that they chose another place to build ...
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How to repair small area of damaged/loose plywood sheathe on roof?

I have a small section at a corner of my roof where the plywood has come lose and a gap has appeared. It is on a part of the roof that is not easy to see, and unfortunately some birds have started ...
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How to get rid of these bugs?

We have newly got these bugs at home and want to get rid of them. They are about 1 cm long. They live under a laminated "floating" floor and they are only active at night - they run around our ...
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Identifying insect of old egg pod

Can anyone tell me what insect this old egg pod would belong to? Found it in cavity of exterior wall, want to see if I should investigate further
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What could be eating through my drywall

Tonight I noticed this section of my wall in the basement. It looked like something had been eating through the drywall. The area is so tight and I know 100% that it wasn't damaged by me. So what ...
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How to fill a hole in the living room?

There is the circular hole in the floor in my living room near radiator which leads to a relatively big space underground! If I want to judge using my eyes,I think the size is around 50cm/1.5feet ...
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Is rodent damage considered “physical damage” under the NEC?

Does the potential for rodents to access/gnaw on a cable under normal circumstances render it subject to "physical damage" in the sense the NEC intends that term to be used?
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Is the insulation/jacket of UF cable rodent-resistant/rodent-unpalatable?

Is there something in the insulation/jacket of type UF cable that makes it unpalatable to rodents or resistant to rodent attack? Or does it need to be protected from rodent damage when run outdoors, ...
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How To Get Rid Of Acrobat Ants [duplicate]

Recently my house has been invaded by acrobat ants. They are everywhere. On our tables, in our plates, in our glasses. They tend to be menace and have caused us a lot of trouble.
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Do I still have a mouse problem?

Last saturday I was prepping some food when I see this little creature dash across the floor past me carrying a tiny piece of cardboard, on further inspection around the house I found a couple of very ...
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How to get squirrels out of inaccessible attic before plugging their entry hole?

I have a low pitch roof that has an attic between it and the ceiling which is low enough to be useless for storage and access. I have had a problem with squirrels entering for a while and I finally ...
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Where are these flies coming from? [closed]

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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How to find where the slugs are coming from?

Every morning in our newly bought house we are finding fresh dried tracks of slugs in our kitchen. I would like to know how to find where they are coming from and how to stop them from entering the ...
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Something burrowing into cedar planks

I am no landscaper or entomologist, but I pulled apart an old garage (1920s-1930s) and discovered parasites had burrowed into the cedar planks of the garage, as well as the regular pine wood planks ...
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getting home heat treated for bedbugs - what could be damaged?

So I was thinking about getting my home heat treated for bed bugs. That involves bringing the temperature up to 125 degrees per https://www.abchomeandcommercial.com/austin/pest-control/bed-bugs . My ...
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Does mouse poison attract mice?

This may seem like a silly question, but... The scenario is that I'm adding a bit of storage underneath the bottom half of our stairs. Up until now it was just a closed in space that was being wasted....
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What is nesting in my closet?

Something is leaving droppings and some sort of wood pulp stuck to the walls and shelves in my closet. I think whatever it is might be coming out of the ceiling. There's a foot or so of empty space ...
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What I do about mouse droppings in basement ceiling where I can't reach?

I had a mouse infestation a while ago - they were coming in from dryer and exhaust vents too close to the ground. I trapped the mice and fixed the vent/exhaust situation to prevent more from entering....
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How do I prevent critters from burrowing under house?

A critter that I have not been able to identify is getting under the house. When I hear it I run out & either it hides very well or takes off before I get there. I am thinking its a cat, raccoon ...
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How to get rid of cockroaches?

How can we get rid of cockroaches in our house? Things we already do and have failed in keeping the roaches away: No uncovered food left outside ever. The house and bathroom are cleaned everyday ...
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What is/was tunneling into this 2x4?

I have a piece of scrap 2x4 lumber that I was planning to use until I saw these little tunnel markings. Any idea what insect/creature made them? And is there any way to tell if it's still infested? ...
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How to find the source of a wasp infestation?

I have found a wasp 5 times in my small one bedroom apartment this week and I have not opened any windows and the door to my apartment is located inside. How do I determine where these wasps are ...
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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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I have flies after painters came

I had painters here about 6 weeks ago. After closing all windows, etc. I had to kill numerous flies - 50? I am still seeing flies, though not nearly as many in my house. I don't know how they are ...
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What are these bugs and how do I get rid of them?

I am currently staying with my family in Shanghai, China and they have this bug problem in one of the rooms. It is some type of small brown bug with no visible legs and they are concentrated near the ...
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Can I reuse a live rodent trap?

After finding, what turned out to be squirrel scat in my attic, I set a live a trap to catch the animal in question. I didn't know if they were caused by rats or squirrels, but my suspension was ...
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What is a humane, safe and clean way to dispose of a live mouse caught in a glue trap?

A glue trap in my garage caught a mouse. I consider it inhumane to let the mouse die in the glue trap. I am looking for a method to euthanize the mouse that meets the following requirements: Humane - ...
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Why do I have house flies in my carport?

I bought my home in early September 2012. I noticed that flies were flocking around a light in my open air carport whether it was on or off. I tried a few products like fly tape, spray and a fly trap. ...
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Is this white powdery substance on a wood shelf caused by flying termites?

There were probably about 100 or 200 so flying termites inside the house two days ago. They were all flying to the ceiling lights, and I placed buckets of water below it and many got in. I also ...
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How do I remove cat spray smell from the exterior of the house?

My in-laws have a cat problem. The neighborhood cat is spraying the outside of their house and evidently it really stinks. How can they get rid of the smell?
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Methods of bug-proofing outdoor lights

I just attempted to replace an outdoor light fixture on my porch. When I unscrewed it, a couple of spiders and gnats ran/flew away from under the light fixture. I'm very new to home repair, so I ...
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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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Are the wasps gone yet?

As I posted in another question, I had wasps entering my fireplace exhaust in my backyard. When I turned the fireplace on, I got a distinct burning smell; and then it went away. Then I saw them ...