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How to keep squirrels off of a 4x4 post that's already in the ground?

What I did that worked really well for both squirrels and raccoons climbing a 4x4 post I had bird feeders on was to get a piece of round snap-together HVAC duct around the post up as high as I needed. ...
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How to keep squirrels off of a 4x4 post that's already in the ground?

A: Accept that the squirrels will probably beat whatever you come up with, they are persistent and clever. B: For an existing post of a non-standard size, attempt to build an exclusion cone from metal ...
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Is this an insect nest?

Where I am here we call them mud daubers. They are a wasp which builds it's nest by forming wet dirt (mud). They are also called Mud Wasps. They are not terribly aggressive. Usually I just knock off ...
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Is this an insect nest?

This is a mud dauber nest. It is built by a wasp in the family Sphecidae, though other mud daubers with different shaped nests can be from some other families. Each cell of the nest is filled with ...
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Spray can pole extender

That's from Best of Wordless Workshop by Ray Doty; the original was a monthly column in Popular Science. (Published sometime between 1971-1985) The retail versions probably make more sense, but you ...
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After rat poison/antifreeze...How do i rid my yard of squirrels?

You cannot selectively rid your garden of squirrels. It's not possible. As noted by others, poisoning them also poisons everything else including large birds of prey that feed on them. If you see ...
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How to keep squirrels off of a 4x4 post that's already in the ground?

When positioning either the HVAC pipe or the flared cone fashioned from flashing, or both if you use the combination, a bonus discouragement is to hang them loosely around the 4x4 as the movement this ...
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How to keep lizards away from my patio?

Chances are about 90% that these are Western Fence Lizards, commonly called "Blue Bellies" because of two large bright blue swatches on their undersides. These lizards are eating your bugs, especially ...
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Is this insect a pest?

Looks like a Western Conifer Seed Bug. Or what my family calls a 'stink bug' because they stink as a defensive measure or when squished. It's a pest but not harmful to humans. Just annoying. https://...
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When buying a rental home after many years of our occupancy, is a home inspection still necessary?

Yes, unless you are an inspector yourself. Inspections often catch things owners don't know about. The owner may have maintained it meticulously, but he can only fix the problems he knows about. My ...
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What is this animal in my loft?

I dont think birds would be so sneaky. It is going to be a mammal. You can catch it. source I like live catching over poison because poisoned animals die and rot and stink. Once you catch one you ...
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After rat poison/antifreeze...How do i rid my yard of squirrels?

You should remove and dispose of (securely) all the poisoned bait, before you kill (or kill more of) your neighbor's pet animals, directly or through ingesting poisoned squirrels. Likewise the ...
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Wasps into the house from the attic

We had a situation like that years ago with wasps in the attic and we didn't now how they were getting in. We got a few foggers for wasps, covered the attic vents to outside and set off the foggers ...
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Wasps into the house from the attic

A caulking gun and caulk should solve the problem of: Wasps transiting into the house through a crack or hole between the house and the attic. With considerably less risk of burning the house down ...
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Prevent dead animals in basement window wells

I think I finally found a solution. I had tried chicken wire, and it was moderately helpful... apparently, frogs couldn’t use it. I tried angling tree branches for critters to crawl out on, but that ...
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What exactly is a wall void?

Yes, the void is the space inside the wall. It could be between joists in a wood wall or in the channels inside concrete blocks. It basically just means empty spaces in a wall.
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How to get rid of fleas in house without animals nor carpets?

When I had a bad infestation from the previous owner's dogs, I used flea "bombs" with Precor. Most insecticides will kill the adults, but if you have eggs, you will need something that prevents the ...
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Prevent animals from making a den under a shed?

Some ideas: Lay heavy landscape fabric or galvanized hardware cloth and rock under the entire area. Leave the space open enough that it doesn't appeal to den-seekers. Install a skirt and place a row ...
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Scare off snakes from a weed full land

Mow. Snakes like tall grass and weeds as you know. Hire someone with a tractor or riding mower to mow the grass short. The snakes will leave. Keep it mowed short. If the grass stays short they ...
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When to stop putting out mouse traps?

According to the CDC's website, keep putting out the mouse traps and after five straight days of no mice, you should be in the clear. I did that in our attic and it seemed to do the trick --- and yes,...
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How do I deal with a wasp nest?

My trick to get rid of inaccessible wasp nests is to set up a shop vac for a half a day sucking at their entry point. Once all the wasps are in the shop vac I suck up some raid spray. I then seal up ...
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Prevent dead animals in basement window wells

I have this same problem and to make things more difficult, the well plastic cover is halfway under my front porch so I'm unable to remove it. What I did for an immediate escape route (2 a.m.) was ...
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What kind of droppings are these?

Most likely a mouse or rat, possibly a mouse-rat.
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How can I kill black ants?

boric acid (aka orthoboric acid, borax) works VERY well for under $5. Look for a tall white squeezable bottle at Home Repot or the like. Then lookup a recipe online with grease or sugar/jam for proper ...
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Get rid of hornets: The nest has been removed, but the hornets keep rebuilding

I have had luck by spraying the nest with pesticide in the evening, when most should be at the nest rather than foraging, to maximize kill count and reduce danger to me because they are less active. ...
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fissures in joist: natural or insect damge

The grooves in the second picture appear to be pitch pockets which are fairly common in softwoods and construction lumber. The fact that the pockets contain a noticeable amount of resin may indicate ...
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Identify and exterminate bug

Looks like a silverfish which are a common pest. References https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/occasional-invaders/silverfish/
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Identify and exterminate bug

That is a silverfish. Eliminating the environment they like may be enough to eradicate them. They like moisture, and cellulose or sugar. Stacks of boxes in a garage, books or magazines in a bathroom ...
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Can I pour a thin concrete slab in my crawl space to prevent rodent intrusion?

I had that problem when I moved in. The back part of my house has a crawl space where rats easily chewed holes in the siding. I replaced the bottom 2 feet of siding with metal lath on 2x4 framing and ...
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What is this pest?

That is a Silverfish: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish They can eat (and thus destroy) various things, but they're not (generally) as problematic as, say, clothes moth or wood worm. I lived ...
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