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Are Bifenthrin granules safe to use outside when I have cats inside? [closed]

I am in the deep woods and ticks are bad this year. Seems like they are getting worse over time. I have a 3 foot wide gravel trail down to the house. The trail is about 100 feet long. Intent is to ...
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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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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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Rat exclusion - under siding

Looking for permanent, doable DIY rat exclusion advice for my scenario: Where the home meets the foundation, there are a bunch of gaps (see pictures): in pictures the foundation side is on the left ...
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How long to wait till I can declare "Mission Accomplished" after my german roach DIY control program?

My mother, unfortunately, had german cockroaches and it wasn't too long before I had to sit down with her and tell her what we had to do. We located leak behind the fridge and corrected it and looked ...
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DIY Heat Treating Home For Bugs - Danger To My Gas Pipe?

Actual Question: My apartment has a gas line that is used for my oven and I'm wondering if anything needs to be done with that before I can heat treat my apartment. The apartments temperature will be ...
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Prevent animals from making a den under a shed?

I am building a shed and like most sheds, the floor frame is on blocks, so there is a space of about 10-12 inches under the shed. I know from previous experience that foxes and rodents like to use ...
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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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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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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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Dealing with ants coming in from walls

We just moved to California, and specifically one of the many areas that has a major problem with Argentine Ants. The house we're renting is relatively new (1980s construction), but it seems like it ...
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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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How do I protect a crevice from pests?

I'm furnishing a new room in an apartment. When my landlord remodeled this apartment, he created a nook in the wall, 20cm wide and 34cm deep, starting from waist height and going all the way up to the ...
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Trying to figure out how to prevent mice/grass from getting in garage

Going to post a picture as I won't be able to explain this very well. Basically, the wood and weatherstripping on garage doesn't go all the way to the ground. I am trying to figure out the best way to ...
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Wood (to be) embedded in foundation?

We're having a new foundation put under our garage. As the contractor removed the old slab, they placed 4x4s under the wall plates to support the garage while they worked. Now they are have placed the ...
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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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After rat poison/antifreeze...How do i rid my yard of squirrels?

I've crushed rat poison into peanut butter/cracker balls. I've mixed antifreeze with peanut butter/crackers/sugar. Soaked pecan halves in antifreeze...they have chewed through a brand new garbage/...
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Should I add any additives when mixing Bifen IT

Following the suggestion here, I did a little searching and found two options for bug spray: an off the shelf product or DIY. In terms of per ounce active ingredients, the off the shelf solution is ...
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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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How can I prevent bugs from entering my apartment through air vents?

A massive cicada just crawled through one of the air vents in my apartment. I vacuumed it up and then taped Glad ClingWrap over the vent as shown below. The tape is painter's tape. I covered the ...
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How do I make a spider farm in my kitchen to eat flies in the house? [closed]

I am planning on making an area set aside in the kitchen to breed and grow spiders to kill flies in the kitchen. This is completely theoretical right now, just something I am pondering, so I don't ...
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How to examine if there is termite damage in a ceiling or floor using a boroscope

Just treated for termites as they were coming up through the floorboards by the back door, and I wanted to check the existing wood since I've noticed some sagging floorboards. I can cut into the ...
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Mixing repellant with non-repellant termiticide - does that actually work?

So I had an exterminator that wanted to mix Demon Max and Termidor, which seems like a repellent and non-repellent termiticide. Is that counter-productive since the repellent will just chase termites ...
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Liquid or bait traps for termites in a brick rowhouse surrounded by concrete

Just found some termites in floorboards at my back door into the yard, along with a swarm at the threshold... and I am looking to do some Termite control. I have a brick rowhouse with concrete pavers ...
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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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Expanding foam in anchor bolt area?

I have a detached mother-in-law suite being finished. The exterior walls have three 2x6s stacked. I believe the bottom is the sill plate. The anchor bolts go through there. Then there is a second ...
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Killing Cockroaches Safely

I am renting an Airbnb in South America. To kill cockroaches, the owner put a fine layer of white powder (from internet searches, I believe this is either borax or diatomaceous earth) on the floor ...
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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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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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Replace vent cover or add mesh screening

Recently we've had some mouse activity so we're on a mission to find and seal up any possible entrances. Looking at this kitchen vent which is suspiciously located near where the activity is happening ...
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Catching/Stopping the Mice from getting into house

I have a mouse hole and the mice that it brought. Traps outside caught two so far, but I still hear mouse activity in the room inside this wall. I am trying to understand the next steps. (A) wait X ...
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What type of insect is this in my pantry?

Found hundreds of these in the pantry. What is this? More pictures here. They are really small.
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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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How do I get rid of a Crazy Ant Infestation in my yard?

For the past two months, I've noticed stark increases in ants along my driveway. As of yesterday, it's gotten bad to the point where I can't travel outside my home without having a few crawl up my leg....
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How to tackle this carpenter ant ingress point?

Since moving into a new house about 6 weeks ago, we've occasionally seen small black ants indoors. We see about 5 a week on average. They don't seem to be doing anything specific indoors, i.e. they're ...
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What is this pest?

I am seeing this pest in my room and the bathroom: The interesting point is that there are TWO types of these. The black ones (as shown above), and the white ones with an exactly similar shape, but ...
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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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Are these holes in my garage's wall indicative of flushing out carpenter ants?

I just bought a home and discovered a substantial amount of wood rot in the garage. I had to tear away a lot of drywall to see it, and when I did, I found obvious evidence of carpenter ants. However, ...
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How can I bug proof walls before they are sealed up?

How can I make a wall bug proof or resistant? I know about in wall pest control tubes but I am looking for other solutions. I fixed a wall damaged by water. I replaced the wood and drywall and I ...
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What's the right way to mix and use boric acid spray for fleas?

My fleas were begging for it, so I let them have it.. sort of After an hour of trying to figure out why my sprayer won't spray properly I have realized boric acid is not soluble in water. Or is it ? ...
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Adding rat-slab to existing crawl-space

Unfortunately I have a rather persistent rat problem in my crawlspace and I still haven't been able to resolve it. I'm considering if it would be possible to pour a thin layer of concrete to stop ...
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Economical jail for not allowing centipedes [closed]

We are facing a problem with centipedes in our home. I'm killing at least one centipede daily. I'm guessing that centipedes are coming through our bathroom Jalis. Which (economical) Jali is ...
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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 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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Fly problem in my house

Not sure if this belongs here but it’s the closest I can find. I discovered some flies in my food waste bin that our local authorities make us have and now I can’t stop seeing them, I find loads. I ...
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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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Countermeasure for Drain Flys

A Florida home was saturated with drain flys. What is the most effective countermeasure, besides keeping drains filled with water?
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