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How do I find and dispose of the dead animal that's presumably in my ceiling?

We're trying to track the origin of a very putrid smell in our condominium. We have a loft type home, which means two floors with a drywall ceiling between the first and second floor. I first noticed ...
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How can I get rid of a mouse in my house?

There is a mouse in my house. What's the most effective way to get rid of the mouse (and any "friends" it might have) and ensure that it doesn't come back.
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How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?

Is it enough to pour boiling water in their mount?
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What can I do to keep my shed (or house) free of spiders?

I've got an old shed at the end of my garden, this summer I gave it a complete cleanout, but within a few weeks it was back to its cobweb infested state. Being quite an arachnaphobe, it makes getting ...
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What is the proper, safe, and effective way to apply diatomaceous earth?

We are looking at using diatomaceous earth against bed bugs. However, we're having trouble finding any reliable information on how to use it properly. Our questions are: how should it be applied? ...
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How do I repair/prevent woodpecker holes in cedar siding?

What is the best way to patch woodpecker holes and deter the woodpeckers from returning? I was thinking of filling the holes with Great Stuff, having the house sprayed inside/outside for insects and ...
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How do I find where mice are entering my house?

So the house I just finished remodeling, and am now living in, has a small mouse problem. We have caught a couple of mice, and suspect there may be more. Catching the mice does little good, if more ...
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How can I prevent mice from entering my house?

Every fall when the weather gets cooler it is a given that a mouse will end up in my house. I understand that this happens probably to most home owners (especially considering the number of trees 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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What are some at-home options for pest control?

I am thinking about ditching my pest guy and going straight DIY. Raid has released a new product called Raid Max Bug Barrier. Lowe's also carries a number of DIY insect treatments. I figure the ...
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How should I deal with an animal in the attic?

My tenants tell me that they hear an animal (possibly a raccoon) in the attic. This is an old (1880s) three story row house with a flat roof and a pretty low (2 ft average, maybe) attic. The house ...
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How do I deal with a wasp nest?

I recently discovered a fairly large (a few hundred wasps, from the look of it) wasp-nest under the eaves on the side of my house. Anyways, I called a exterminator (Terminix, actually), and they ...
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How can I remove mice from my house?

I live in a townhome which is a 2nd and 3rd floor unit. On the 3rd floor is a closet with a crawlspace entrance which is the attic. There are definitely mice running around in there. I tried to ...
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When to stop putting out mouse traps?

So last week my wife and I discovered some evidence of mice fooling around in our kitchen at night (e.g. shuffled cleaning supplies under the sink, hoarded dog food, and of course their droppings). ...
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How do I get rid of birds living in an air vent?

On the outside of my house I have at least one bird living in an air vent. I would rather that they lived somewhere else. I was thinking I could put some sort of netting over the vent when the bird ...
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Is this termite damage and if so how do I repair it?

I was moving a bolt storage rack in the basement, and when I took it off the wall, I noticed that the wall behind it was moldy. Then I noticed a ripple in the paint going all the way up, and when I ...
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How can I get rid of gnats and other flies all over my house?

We just moved to a new place and we're noticing that there is a lot of gnats and fruit fly type bugs all over the house! We've been killing 2 or 3 an hour and they keep coming back. We find them all ...
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How do I address a bedbug infestation?

This bug problem is really stressing me out. I doubt they are bedbugs though because there aren't a lot. I remove 3-8 from my bed a day, and I've read that bedbugs are present in much greater numbers. ...
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What is the most effective way to get rid of silverfish?

I recently moved to an apartment near the ocean and the air is more humid/moist than any of my previous homes. I've noticed that at night a few silverfish always come out in my bathroom (linoleum ...
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Are these brown finger-like things on the outside of my house caused by termites?

Is this ground termite? This is on the outside of a wall in the backyard. This is the only occurrence of this thing. Should I be worried? Should I call someone to look at it? OR can I fix this ...
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How do I set traps in the kitchen ceiling when my roof is flat and I lack access?

At night we can hear mice scuttling about over the kitchen. This area of the house has a flat roof above it, and a solid drywall ceiling with no access to the space between the ceiling and the roof. ...
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How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point?

We just moved into a different house. There seems to be an unusually high probability of insects entering the house compared to other houses. No infestation, but a lot of one-off incidents. The worst ...
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Could mice be escaping traps because the traps are being reused?

We've caught 6 or so mice using the classic snap traps. Being frugal, we tried washing and re-using the traps. We're getting mixed results. The mice are clearly nibbling the food (peanut butter, ...
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What is the best way to fill a 3 inch gap under my concrete front porch?

I'm in need of some help with my concrete foundation. As I was leaving the house this morning I discovered two or three skunks crawling into a gap under my porch. The hole is on the bottom of the ...
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How to catch smart mice that avoid anything that remotely looks like a trap?

We've had mice since last year (maybe even the year before) and they seem to have smartened up after successfully using snap traps the first time we noticed them. We probably caught at most 10 and I'm ...
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How to tell if my new, unfurnished apartment has bed bugs?

I just signed the lease on a new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I did so after looking up the address and seeing that it had been listed twice in the bed bug registry. In 2009, a tenant said a ...
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How can I get rid of fleas in my crawlspace forever?

I have lived in my house since 2007. I have a large crawlspace (dirt floor, ranging in height) where I have a nice woodworking shop. In 2011 the shop became infested with fleas, but not the ...
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Any words of advice on dealing with termites?

I have confirmed today that I have a termite infestation in my house. We found a recent tube build through the crack in the foundation and some termite activity outside. Any words of advice on ...
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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout and a putty knife. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, ...
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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 do I eliminate and prevent future stink bug infestations?

Throughout the winter we tended to have 1-2 stink bugs buzzing around the house on any given day. We'd either vacuum them up or put them in the disposal. The humidity picked up for a bit and yesterday ...
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What (animal?) made a 0.75" diameter hole through my asphalt shingles?

Something made a tidy 3/4" diameter hole through my 8-year old 3-tab composite roof shingles. (~45 deg pitch, if it matters) I suspect it was a woodpecker (they used to go at the side of the house, ...
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Are ultrasonic ant repellents effective?

I'm considering an ultrasonic ant repellent for the kitchen (where I'd rather not use a chemical pesticide). Do these things work?
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Is this an abandoned wasp's nest?

I found a small wasp nest this morning that's about 3" in diameter tucked into the railing of my deck stairs. It's unfortunately facing the side of my house, which is about 6 or 7 feet away, so I'd ...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I noticed that there was a 1" gap between the edge of either side of the bottom rubber weather strip on the garage door and the door frame. Now I see that it is 3-4", and likely being chewed by mice....
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Prevent dead animals in basement window wells

How can I prevent animals from dying in my basement window wells? The wells are about two feet deep and have a clear plastic covers over them. The covers don't fit tightly and critters seem to ...
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Permanent solution for cockroach problem

We have too many cockroaches at home. And we have tried many options (Hit, Raid, local spray -endosulfan) but they keep coming back. Is there a permanent solution for this?
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Should I apply termite preventative products to pressure treated wood?

There are pressure treated (4"x4") fence posts (set in concrete) nearby to a house. In that area there were previously termites (professionally treated in-ground). This is in a humid region, along the ...
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What is the best way to stop tiny ants from entering my home? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point? I've got tiny ants coming in from the window above the sink in the kitchen. We are taking ...
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How are the rats getting in?

I have rat traps in my attic and I catch a rat every few months. Answers on rat/mice problems - such this one How can I get rid of a mouse in my house? - always include the suggestion to track down ...
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OK to use fallen branch in garden without treatment?

Recently a large branch fell off of one of our trees (a gum tree, ie hard wood). The branch is about thigh thick and parts of it would make a good garden-bed liner or similar as it is quite straight ...
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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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How to check my house for termites?

I may just be paranoid so I don't want to call out an exterminator, or buy a bunch of stuff I don't need. How to I tell if I have termites? Are there preventative measures I should take even if I don'...
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Squirrel or rat; and do I trap first or exclude first?

Over the past month we have noticed insulation in the yard appearing every once in a while. I wondered if it was coming from my house and I found a corner of the house which has a sizable gap between ...
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How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?

I've got around 8-10 fire ant mounds in my backyard, and a puppy that has recently discovered a love for digging in them. We haven't let her out in the backyard unsupervised for the past week since ...
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How to get rid of gophers in the back yard without poison?

We don't want to put out poisons, and we have tried most everything else with no success: vibrating pegs traps water in the holes pepper Its to the point where we're ready to pave over the lawn. Has ...
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How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?

Long story short...we came home after 5 days away with our 1.5 year old and noticed that the wherever the cat slept or lounged there was cat hair and little particles that looked like black pepper. A ...
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What should I do about a gap between hardwood and drywall?

First-time home-owner - house less than 1 year old. We had our home built last December, and have been discovering all sorts of problems with it. The latest was a trail of ants within our kitchen ...
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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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Method to catch multiple mice?

I have a mouse problem in my house. I have put out mouse traps and they have been mostly successful. Five mice have been caught within a week. My predicament is that there are still mice and I would ...

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