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Is this soggy soil next to the garage's downspout normal?

I noticed the soil next to the downspout in the garage is always wet, never dries. Is there an issue that would explain that? Or is it normal given the proximity? Could the irrigation line have ...
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How to get rid of rats in subfloor [duplicate]

We have what others have referred to as roof rats that come and go into the subfloor space between our 1st and 2nd floors. Very little to no recent evidence of them in the attic, and quite literally ...
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How can I deter rats from entering my home's structure?

We have what others have referred to as roof rats that come and go into the subfloor space between our 1st and 2nd floors. Very little to no recent evidence of them in the attic, and quite literally ...
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How should I clean surfaces where a mouse may have walked or touched, but not pooped?

A mouse got into my cabinet. There are a few poops in there; I cleaned those up and cleaned the affected area with bleach solution. I'm going to improve my food storage situation, catch the mice, and ...
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How should I clean fabric that a mouse has been in?

A mouse recently got into one of my cabinets. There was a cloth in one of those cabinets, and the mouse may have touched it or pooped on it. How should I clean this cloth? Is the washing machine ...
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Seal around hvac ac lines [duplicate]

I want to seal outdoor AC lines. I have a gap. Is it safe to use gap filling foams? Is it flameble with the copper tube
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My neighbor has rodent issues which is causing me issues. What can be done from a code enforcement standpoint? [closed]

My neighbor has rodent issues which is causing me issues. What can be done from a code enforcement standpoint? We have now have rodents trying to get into our crawl space. Our pest control servicer ...
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Is this persistent termite damage or could it be caused by wasps?

We've had some visible damage through a ceiling joint, and the attached picture is what it looks like in the attic. We had a pest control company come out and treat for termites with termidor by ...
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How should I seal the space under my cantilevered floor?

My near-ground level kitchen floor was cantilevered, overhanging the foundation by ~2.5ft. The bottom surface of the floor joists and the gap between them and the ground was left open, allowing ...
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Attic subfloor, venting, and mice

I am trying to evaluate what my exterminator/remediation company is telling me, and would like some help, please. I recently added a subfloor to my attic. I sought advice from a contractor I know, and ...
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How do I cleanup and remove a shed that is infested with rats?

A shed on the property of a small home in the California suburbs appears to have a significant rat infestation. Droppings are absolutely everywhere and do not appear desiccated, though I haven't seen ...
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What's the best way to eliminate spiders?

I recently noticed an uptick in observations of this kind of creature in my basement, especially near paper boxes. I have really no clues of what it is. Spiders? But it looks smaller. What are these ...
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Does anyone recognize this bug?

We have had this type of bug in our house every year during the summer only. They like to stay in the dining room and kitchen only. They stay only on the ceiling and walls until they are disturbed. ...
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A contractor tells me even if he seals the attic, raccoons will break in anyway if they smell old raccoon smells. True? Urgent?

We had raccoons in the attic in spring for the past few years. We've finally nearly arrived at a point where we can do something to prevent them from getting in. We've had one estimate so far, and ...
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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 kind of non-toxic bait can be used an alternative to mouse baits or pellets?

I recently purchased a mouse trap. The instructions said to use bait pellets. However, what is a cheaper, more readily available alternative to bait pellets which will not kill the mice? Maybe peanut ...
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How to deal with stagnant water in rain water harvesting pit

I have rain water harvesting pit which is 5 feet in depth. During the June to October it has water for 3 feet. November-January , it has water for 4 feet and rest of the year it has water upto 1 to 1....
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How can I prevent rabbits from entering my property under a vinyl fence?

The objective is to stop rabbits from wandering inside my backyard. They do it before even moving the seedlings outdoors, and survival of anything (other than spiny roses and raspberries) would be a ...
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Fruit Fly in my condo

Every weekend we leave the condo to go back to our main house in the province. Every time we come back in the condo after less than 2 days, there will always be a LOT of DEAD flies (maybe fruit flies ...
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What's eating my chopping board?

I live in the UK. Recently my kitchen got very damp for a period after there was a leak in the roof, and I've noticed these little grubs eating a couple of my wooden items. What are they, and how ...
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Is this material found on my kitchen floor from some rodent?

I woke up and found some strange looking material on my kitchen floor. One each on two different days. Please see image attached. Any thoughts on what this might be?
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Can I use expanding foam to seal a hole behind my kitchen gas stove?

There is a hole in the wall behind my kitchen gas stove where some pipes for the stove come through. But mice also come through there. I want to seal the gap using expanding foam, but when I read the ...
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Need help with IDing and eliminating these brown bugs showing up in my kitchen

So my apartment's kitchen has had an issue with a particular bug that keeps showing up. Months ago, I committed an act of cleaning in my kitchen after a number of them kept showing up. Shelves, ...
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Any considerations using spray foam to fill holes in bottom of cabinet where piping comes in?

In the bottom of my sink's cabinet, the piping comes in through generously sized holes. This area is a mouse hot-spot. They come into the cabinet through here, and so as part of my overall rodent ...
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Can someone help me identify these? (possibly pest)

recently I have found a lot of these things around exterior of my house. I don't think they are wing clippings but I'd really appreciate if someone could tell me what these are. Picture taken on ...
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Rafter damage, is this white ants?

I was inspecting my roof today as I believe that I have some possums in the roof. I Looked at one rafter and saw some damage. Is this white ants? Only one rafter has this damage, no others around at ...
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What pest is producing this "grit"

Something is leaving grit beside our skirtingboard (baseboard?). There is a 1/4 inch gap between the baseboard and the floor. What is producing the grit? Would sealing the gap help? FYI: House is in ...
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What are these insects in my flat and how should I get rid of them? [duplicate]

I recently moved to a new flat, and I have spotted these types of worms come out at night roaming in the corners and sometimes on the bathroom floor. I have captured a video for a good look. This one ...
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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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Can flies enter my apartment through our unfiltered kitchen fan?

This is my first time living in an apartment in the summer. I'm living in New York City. Every day, we spot a new fly, and we kill it. I can't detect how flies are entering my apartment! My husband ...
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Small bugs coming inside from closed windows at night; spray solutions?

Every summer at night when we have curtains up and turn on the indoor lights, a large number of small insects (moths, small beetles, spiders, other slim thin-legged insects, etc.) will manage to find ...
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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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Shouldn't a Kitchen be sealed off from cockroaches? Would a new Kitchen eliminate the problem?

I have cockroaches problem in Kitchen in my apartment and the only opening to drainage there is obviously the kitchen sink but it doesn't look like they are coming from there (they are found on ...
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Pest proofing turbine vent

I installed this turbine vent but noticed that small animals like rats, small birds or even small squirrels can get through the rotor gills when it is not spinning. I was thinking of putting a metal ...
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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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Are these termite droppings (aka frass)?

Are these termite droppings. If so, can I do some sort of localized treatment? This house was tented in the past 4 years. This is the only place I’ve seen any kind of pest. Updating this question ...
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white termites - 2 orange oil treatments, building won't fumigate

I live in a condo in LA (3rd floor) and am seemingly the only resident with termite problems. Last summer (2020), I had 3 separate areas infested with winged drywood termites - the ones with a reddish ...
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What is this animal in my loft?

I have some animals in my loft, I can hear them scratching around up there. A month ago it was once a day in the night-time, but now I can hear the noise a few times a day and a few times in 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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I think there might be a wasp's nest in my garage or in its walls, how can I tell?

I think there might be a wasp's nest in my family's garage or in its walls. However, I don't know for sure. Here are the facts; For the past three days in a row (and a few others over the past two ...
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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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Caulking Baseboards - Suddenly Spiders Appear

We recently moved into our first home, and the previous owner had done some self-installed laminate floors to replace carpet. This left about 1/16" gap between the baseboard trim and floor. We ...
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What is the most effective method for getting rid of carpet moths?

I vacuum regularly, I put out and replace pheromone sticky strips, I use an insect fogger wherever I see part of the carpet that has been eaten, I have a hand held battery powered vacuum that I use to ...
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Help with carpenter ants

I have noticed an increasing number of carpenter ants wandering in our house and a few days ago there were many winged-ants ( very large, presumably queens or reproductive variety ) on our property ...
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What (cheap) material could I use for a squirrel baffle atop a bird feeder?

We have a bird feeder in our wooded yard, hanging down from a tree branch, its top covered with a 'squirrel baffle' of about two feet diameter. We also have gazillions of squirrels that love to eat ...
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Safe materials to come in contact with copper plumbing

We live in a duplex and in our basement the copper pipes run parralel along our joists just beneath the first floor above. There is a large header running perpendcular just beneath the joists ...
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How can I discourage mud dauber from nesting at my entrance?

I just learned that the wasp nest pictured is a mud dauber. This is the second such nest I have on two edges of the same outside wall on adjacent years. I'm either inattentive, or they are ...
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How do I tell this bird to nest elsewhere? [duplicate]

I seem to be dealing with a tenacious and stupid bird—tenacious for twice rebuilding its nest, and stupid because that location is inherently unstable for a nest, or so I think. From the movement of a ...
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Removing random ticks at home [closed]

This might not be the right forum for this kind of question, but I figured I'd ask anyway. We're finding random ticks at home, maybe one a day, sometimes one every other day. They look like the ...
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