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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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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 (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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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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insect eating holes in concrete

My sister has an infestation of winged insects eating through the cinderblocks of her basement. Needless to say, this is terrifying. What are they and how do you control them? These insects bored ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Getting rid of crane flies

Our yards got a lot of visits from crane flies this year (probably because I started water my lawns….). After doing some searching, it seems like this thing is very resistant to insect killers, and ...
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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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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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How can I figure out where squirrels are entering my attic?

Squirrels keep getting in my attic but I can't figure out where they're coming in. There may also be chipmunks, as I found a bunch of sunflower seed shells inside a lawn chair bag that was laying up ...
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What is this bug poop or dirt that keeps reappearing every few months by a wood beam?

I vacuum this up every few months and it keeps reappearing. What type of bug is living in this wood and should I be worried? This dirt seems like the bug's poop or something
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Is PEX very susceptible to damage from rats/rodents?

A friend of mine wants to re-plumb his house. The neighborhood has recurring issues with rats. I heard rats like to (as in "seek out opportunities to") chew through and damage PEX plumbing, whether ...
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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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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 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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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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I have flies after painters came

I had painters here about 6 weeks ago. After closing all windows, etc. I had to kill numerous flies - 50? I am still seeing flies, though not nearly as many in my house. I don't know how they are ...
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How to remove wasp nest and let them leave

I find that there are some wasps flying around my house, and even built their honeycomb near the roof or soffit vent. Are there any methods to remove them or let these wasps leave? Thanks.
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What are these bugs and how do I get rid of them?

I am currently staying with my family in Shanghai, China and they have this bug problem in one of the rooms. It is some type of small brown bug with no visible legs and they are concentrated near the ...
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How do I get bats in the house to leave?

Do they tend to stay on the top floor? Do they prefer warmer or cooler air? Also, do they always avoid lights? (will they prefer to go into a room with no lighting, as opposed to one with lighting)?
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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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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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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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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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Recovery from a trashing: exterminator first or disaster recovery cleaners first?

So, as part of the project that is my (inherited) house in southwestern Missouri, the house finally has been dejunked from the human-inflicted disaster that happened to it. (Worse tenants than us were ...
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What is eating my drywall?

Something is leaving scars in my drywall and deposits on the outside that I presume to be wood. These deposits are flat, stick out from the wall, an inch or more square, with a gap between the top and ...
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Why is this roof covered in pigeons? [closed]

I was out walking the other day and observed something strange with one house having a number of pigeons congregating on the roof. (This is not my home, so I have no insight into internal details.) A ...
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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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How can I locate the entrance of a wasp nest, and prevent wasps from entering?

While I was out gardening, I saw a wasp fly through a small hole beside my basement window and into my basement. Then later, I saw five more enter through two other holes (two in part of my AC, three ...
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How to get rid of these bugs?

We have newly got these bugs at home and want to get rid of them. They are about 1 cm long. They live under a laminated "floating" floor and they are only active at night - they run around our ...
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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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Where could all these flies be coming from?

Now is the transition from spring to summer. The house I am now living has some strange things happening. In the daytime of one day last week, I found many flies gather on the inside face of 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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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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does anyone know this bug?

I found these bugs in my bathroom in New York City. I can't find them on pest control websites. They don't look like roaches. Any ideas of what they are and how to get rid of them?
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How to find where the slugs are coming from?

Every morning in our newly bought house we are finding fresh dried tracks of slugs in our kitchen. I would like to know how to find where they are coming from and how to stop them from entering the ...
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How do I remove cat spray smell from the exterior of the house?

My in-laws have a cat problem. The neighborhood cat is spraying the outside of their house and evidently it really stinks. How can they get rid of the smell?
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Identifying insect of old egg pod

Can anyone tell me what insect this old egg pod would belong to? Found it in cavity of exterior wall, want to see if I should investigate further
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Where are these flies coming from? [closed]

We recently had a sewer fly infestation caused by having a cracked mortar collar on the rest bend of the soil stack which runs through the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I removed a good portion ...
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Bird sleeping and eating soffit. How to make sure it is not coming back?

I found this morning a bird (Northern Flicker?) sleeping and eating my house (see picture). The bird is able to hang there and put his head in one of the hole. I suppose the bird do that to get some ...
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infared camera for mice? [closed]

Our home has many mice, a few rats and possibly a squirrel. Concerned about them chewing on wires in our two-story with brick fireplace. Should I invest in an infared camera- or is this overkill?
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Dealing with woodworms

I am dealing with woodworms at home and I am looking for an effective method to contain their spreading and eliminate them from my furniture. I would just like that they chose another place to build ...
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How can I have a pond but prevent mosquitos to nest there?

I would like to have a small waterfall leading into a small pond in my garden. Due to the Westnile virus, it is essential here to prevent mosquitoes to nest. What can I do to prevent mosquitoes to be ...
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House Centipede

The number of insects shown in the image below is growing in my home. In order to know how to fight with their growth, I need to know its name, so I search for the rest. What is the name if this ...