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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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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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How to powder silica gel?

We are having serious cockroach problem. I was advised to mix silica gel and boric acid and powder the surfaces where roaches come in. I can't find the silica gel in powder form in my location. I can ...
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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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Carpenter Ants - Bait vs Spray

Last year I had an infestation of carpenter ants, so I contacted a pest control company and paid for a year's worth of service. Now, exactly a week after the contract expired, I'm seeing them come ...
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Insects coming from gap under baseboard radiator, seeking solution

I have a ground-level apartment in Metro Detroit, Michigan and am renting. I have old-style baseboard radiator heat with a large opening that goes across the length of it, as shown in the photo. ...
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seal gap between door and frame

i'm trying to prevent rats from getting into an outdoor shed. i've thoroughly checked the whole interior, and the only opening is from the front door (see the right door in the picture. ignore the ...
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Identify and exterminate bug

Please help me identify and exterminate this insect:
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fissures in joist: natural or insect damge

I have noticed that one of the joists in our crawl space has a small crack in it, and near to it are some small (1-2 inch long) fissures. I didn't notice it at the time, but in the photos (see below) ...
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Winter fly problem in the UK

I live in the northwest UK. On Christmas Eve 2018, flies started to appear in my living room during the evening. I have never had anything happen like this before. I have a very very clean house. The ...
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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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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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Applying bird spike strips to deter squirrels?

I have some squirrel that love running on top of my roof that I'm trying to get rid of. I am considering using bird spike strips to deter squirrels from getting on my roof. I was wondering if ...
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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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How to remove wasp paper from soffit vents and siding

Paper wasps built a huge nest under the second-story eave shown below (photo taken looking straight up). I killed and scraped off the nest, but there is still paper-like residue clinging to the vinyl ...
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Is this insect a pest?

I have seen many of these insects lately. Usually just on the outside of the house - around the front door or the patio - but sometimes also inside. Is this some kind of cockroach or other pest? Can ...
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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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What foam is best for sealing radiator pipes in floor to prevent mice from getting in?

Is there a specific foam recommended for radiator pipes coming up through the floor?
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Spray can pole extender

I have a hornets' nest that I want to spray with insecticide. The hive is approximately 20-25ft from ground level. The insecticide that I have is in a aerosol spray can with a large actuator. ...
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Get rid of hornets: The nest has been removed, but the hornets keep rebuilding

I have what I think is a hornets' nest on the soffit of my house (I'm not sure exactly what kind of bee or insect it is). The nest has been removed since the photo was taken, however, the hornets ...
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What to do about a rat living in drain line

We have what I think is a rat, or family of rats, that are coming out of an outdoor drain. The outdoor drain is connected into our interior drain system. They chewed through the drain cover, I ...
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Do I need to sanitize my air vents after I remove a bird from them?

I am quite positive I have a bird in my air vents. I plan to remove it tonight but I'm not sure what I should do afterwards. Should I have a company sanitize the vents/system? I just don't want any ...
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How can I get rid of a yellowjacket nest under a flat roof without using poison

I have a nest of yellowjackets (the not very aggressive european kind) that is just below my flat roof. I would normally just leave them, but I have no way of getting to the yard without passing by ...
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Pests infestation in bathroom - identification and termination

Roughly every night, these strange pests are crawling all over our master bathroom, mainly close to the ceiling. By morning time they're usually gone or I find some of their bodies scattered on the ...
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How can I kill black ants?

I have been finding black ants in random rooms in my house. On walls and/or floors. I called exterminators and they want >$350, which I can't afford right now. They claim they are going to lay bait ...
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How to get rid of odors in wood?

My attic floor was home to nesting mice for years before I bought the house. I've kept the mice away, but the smell hasn't lessened after a year of ventilation. Short of replacing the wood, is there ...
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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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How to get rid of pigeons under an air conditioner outdoor unit, on the high floor of an apartment?

My family lives on the high floor of an apartment. Pigeons live under our air conditioner outdoor unit too. They cry every morning so it bothers my brother. But there is nothing much we can do. The ...
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How can I prevent wasps from nesting in my eaves?

Every season paper and / or mud wasps like to build nests in my eaves. I have no compunction with spraying them with raid when I see them but I'd like to prevent the nesting from the start if I can. ...
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Sealing siding at foundation wall

I've been trying to determine if and how siding (aluminum in my case) should be sealed along the bottom edge at the foundation wall. I've found some small gaps that last summer let ants in and I'm ...
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When buying a rental home after many years of our occupancy, is a home inspection still necessary? [closed]

I lived in a rental home for around 8 years and am currently negotiating the cash purchase of it. Because I've lived here for so long and (this is my first home purchase),I'm very familiar with the ...
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Ideas for covering vents to stop pests getting in?

We have a crawl space under our house and the wire mesh covering the vents is shredded. I want to keep the animals out and would like some ideas on the best way to do it. I was planning to replace ...
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Commercial pest control vs. DIY chemical solutions

I can see plenty of pest-specific topics on here, including an at-home solution. However, my question relates to general pest control, and when to know to call in the big guns. I maintain rental ...
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Fruit fly type bugs always appear in the kitchen when the weather heats up

I have lived in my house for two springs/summers now and each time when the weather heats up it seems like the fruit fly type bugs just start spreading around the house like crazy, mostly from the ...
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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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Can chipboard shelves be varnished?

Note: including a lot of details to avoid XY problem. Background I have been dealing with a minor pest (psocids, in case you're wondering, but I don't want the conversation to become about that), ...
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Help getting rid of a mice

6 days ago, I saw a mouse run down my hall and I almost had a heart attack! It was 2:30am and I just got home from work. I knew I wouldn’t sleep if I didn’t set traps, which I had none, so I drove to ...
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Dog-friendly mouse hunting strategies after a year of using standard products?

TL;DR: When commercial products have been ineffective or proven dog-unfriendly, what are some other mouse-catching strategies when the mice hide in baseboard heaters and have learned to avoid most ...
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What to use to fill mouse access point?

My wife and I have some field mice that have found refuge in our home through a gap between the foundation and the side of our house. We believe this point to be their only access, as they’ve made ...
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What should I do about the insect larvae found on my ceiling?

Found 10 or so of these things on our ceiling this morning. I live in Central Oregon. Not sure what they are--is this an indication of worse things to come? Anything I need to inspect my house for, or ...
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How can I repel or trap lizards?

I know a lizard was hiding in a certain place and unable to get rid of it. I kept garlic, onion and naphthalene balls as some suggested but no use. Either i would need to know a use and throw way to ...
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I have a chirping sound in my house that moves around

It is not the smoke detector. We have just had rain and there was a ton of tree frogs out front in the trees. Could a tree frog be in my house making that chirping noise? (The chirping sound moves ...
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What exactly is a wall void?

A termite insecticide (fipronil) is not to be used indoors, except in wall voids. If a hole was drilled in a baseboard or wall and the the foam was delivered through the wall, is this considered ...
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How to independently verify that bedbug heat treatment is working? [closed]

How can I verify that a (whole unit) heat treatment for bedbugs was or will be effective? More generally, what is the best way to verify that an apartment is (likely) free of bedbugs? Background: ...
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Did termites eat my sentricon termite bates?

We have Sentricon termite bait stations installed around the perimeter of our house. This morning I pulled up a few of the bait stations and looked for evidence of termites. But I'm not sure how to ...
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Flies in my apartment

I been seeing a lot of flies in my apartment this week. I been trying to figure out how they get in and if they have layed eggs somewhere. I only been having one window open and it have a screen but ...
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Termite inspection and finished basement ceiling

I have termites in my yard, not too far from my house. (Locale: Massachusetts, USA.) So I want to get an inspection and treatment. (The house was built in 1937; I bought it in 2014, and as usual ...
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Are these signs of bed bugs?

I find these bugs crawling from under the bed : I don't know what they are. I haven't seen them on top of the bed just on the floor. But I've been getting rashes all over my body even though I didn't ...