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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.
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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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Mouse proofing ground-level siding

This is our second winter in our house and have been noticing mice ever since it started getting cold. I've been examining the exterior of the house trying to locate intrusion points which I've been ...
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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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Drywood Termite Kickout Holes

A north Florida condo has at least half a dozen incidents of termites this May and the next door neighbor had at least one incident. Is it possible to have an infestation in wall voids, without ...
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How to seal board and baton siding at ground level

First summer in our “new” (century home) and have found that the chipmunks like it as much as we do. Prior owners installed board and baton over existing brick walls. Thy used 2x4 as slats attached ...
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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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Will cockroach poison traps harm geckos?

I live in a Hong Kong village house and here it's common to have Chinese geckos living in the house. They've been pretty unobtrusive so far and they do eat mosquitoes so I definitely wouldn't want to ...
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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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is this due to termites? any idea what's causing the wood to turn to sawdust?

Pics below. I had this gouge on some wood paneling. The area inside the gouge seemed to be crumbling, and there was always a pool of sawdust below it. I covered it up with some caulk (brown caulk). ...
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How to keep lizards away from my patio?

I live in San Diego and weather here is pretty accommodating to reptiles like lizards. Now, I have a house which has a patio facing bushes and I think lizards are making their way in through these ...
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What are these small flies in my apartment?

I've been having a problem with flies in my apartment that I can't get rid of. They look like fruit flies from, and behave like them too. They are attracted to food and definitely are too small and ...
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Cockroaches coming from floor drain in bathroom, way to prevent it?

Basically I have Oriental cockroaches coming from the bathroom floor drain. Now the floor drain is not really in use, as in there hasn't been water going in there as there is only a sink that works in ...
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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 exorcise squirrels?

We have (at least) one squirrel abiding under the roof of the garage, and we'd like to get rid of it (them) before it gets really cold. I installed a sound-generating "anti-pest" device in there two ...
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What material should I use to seal door moldings, small holes between walls and floors to prevent roaches?

To clear it up, I am mostly using sealing/caulking interchangeably in this text. Some days ago I started seeing cockroaches in one room that is also connected to another bathroom. I caught 4 over an ...
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How to get rid of fleas in house without animals nor carpets?

tl; dr I started having problems with fleas last week. I don't have and never had pets and no one in my close circle has reported problems, so I am puzzled about the problem. Therefore, this post is ...
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Is it a hazard to use spray foam around baseboard heater pipe?

I probably should have asked this before doing it, but I will now anyways. I have noticed mice coming in and out of the (fairly large) hole where the baseboard heater pipes are. I removed the casing ...
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How to fix gap between carpet and wall to prevent rodent?

Our condo is located in a forest/mountain area and we have suffered some rodent issues lately. We have two stories, and bedrooms are located downstairs. As I sleep at night, I often hear sound of ...
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Can you use aluminum foil around gap at floor of hot water tank then seal?

Fairly big gap at floor around pipes of hot water tank. For mice prevention I read some where you could fill gap with aluminum foil then seal. Is this correct. If so what kind of sealant should be ...
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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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Ant proofing a wall

For some reason yellow meadow ants have developed a fascination with a certain interior wall in our house. The usual gels, powders and sprays are having little effect. They do slow down for a while ...
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Sealing gaps to prevent pest ingress

I have a shed next to a house we bought last year. The back of the shed serves as a windbreak and decorative back to a decking area but they didnt make a very good job of fixing the decorative lumber ...
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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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