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We have seen a few mice in our home that might be deer mice

Have owned this home about 35 years and never had a problem with mice in the house before (a couple in the garage is all). In the last couple weeks we have seen a few mice in our laundry area which is ground level. The latest one (trapped today) looks to my non-expert eye like a deer mouse (small, white under belly), which I gather is bad news from a health standpoint. Two found in the laundry tub were disposed of previously. Questions after the break. [more inside]
posted by forthright on Sep 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Getting rid of (specifically) oriental cockroaches?

I've dealt with the German roach bastards in the past, but these are a different beast. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jul 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Always at Least 50 Paper Wasps in my Small Backyard During the Day

I live in North California. Moved into a new neighborhood house a month ago. Since moving in, I haven't really been able to use the backyard because of what I believe I've identified as 50-75 hovering paper wasps! I have a 2-year-old, so I'd like to get rid of them so that we can enjoy our backyard again. [more inside]
posted by jason9009 on Jul 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Cats got sick after apartment complex used pesticides on the wrong day

Both of my cats got sick (vomiting/fevers) after my apartment complex had pest control come on June 27 in addition to the regularly scheduled June 20 which I opted out of. What are my options/the law renting in Texas to get them to cover the bill? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jun 30, 2016 - 9 answers

What is an effective method for obliterating white pine weevils?

I planted a number of native (to Michigan) white pine trees only to see them bedeviled by evil weevils. Specifically, the cause of the damage is white pine weevils and 100% of my trees were affected. Two part question: first, what are tried and true "natural" methods for controlling this pest, and second, what are its most effective pesticides, placing a high importance on minimizing collateral damage to people, flora, and fauna? [more inside]
posted by tempestuoso on Mar 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Ants, you're not welcome anymore

I have ants in my kitchen. Anyone have any suggestions on how to discourage them? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 12, 2015 - 25 answers

Our bedroom is a (flea) circus.

After returning home from a short trip we find ourselves with a flea infestation and need a chemical free method of putting the little buggers out of our misery. Details within, of course. [more inside]
posted by cedar on Aug 23, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me kill these things!

There are a bunch of weird little insects in my office. That photo isn't to scale - I'd say they're maybe an eighth of an inch/3 mm long, really tiny, and they like to congregate in little groups underneath various things on my desk. What are they? What do I do about them? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Aphids and earwigs and grasshoppers, oh my!

My garden suffered greatly this year from attacks from insects- what can I do next spring to avoid this happening again? [more inside]
posted by mollywas on Aug 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Evicting Many Thousands of Tiny Unwanted Tenants

Last year, we had carpenter ants, and we asked them to leave. This year, the ants are back. I'm prepared to bring in professionals to explain matters to them more forcefully. However, I'm almost more scared of the solution than the problem. Talk to me about safety issues with poisons used to chase the bastards out. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Apr 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Remedy for carpenter ants in the home

I've been watching build up of moop from ants dining on my carport for a few years now. What can I do to remove these critters as they've seemed impervious to my attempt to remove them so far. [more inside]
posted by diode on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 answers

What are these hellish airborne insects and why won't they die?

I live in the midwest, and for the last three years by mid-summer there is a small horde of winged insects stalking our backdoor. They look like a cross between a bee, a wasp, and the angel of death from the Adventures of Baron von Munchausen. They have red wings, red legs, and a distinct black and white striped abdomen. These suckers are freaking huge, maybe 2" long or longer. [more inside]
posted by joinks on Jul 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Does diatomaceous earth harm lizards?

Mr. Ant and I own a specialty retail shop that is housed in your standard-issue metal building on a concrete pad. We have seasonal problems with bugs, mostly assorted beetles (not roaches, praise be to the small god who manages insect infestations.) We also have skinks that live in the walls. And our dogs come to work with us. [more inside]
posted by workerant on Jun 27, 2014 - 4 answers

La cucaracha, la cucaracha...

I don't have a cockroach problem in my apartment exactly, but there are cockroaches outside and I want to keep them far enough away from the door that they don't periodically follow me inside. Difficultly level: Please don't kill my cat in the process. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Jun 15, 2014 - 3 answers

This Means War: Exterminating Aphids

Location: Los Angeles California, full sun and part sun. We have finally managed to assemble a little mini-garden of some 40 plants, and they have been thriving wildly. Mostly decorative bushes like hibiscus, but also some petunias and the like. Invading enemy: aphids. Panic. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Feb 22, 2014 - 18 answers

We have termites on our property what do we do?

I was gardening today when I noticed that an old treestump in our garden seems to have a small termite colony in it. The stump is about 10 foot or 2.5 metres from our wooden framed unheated garage which connects to our house how worried to I have to be? Is it time to call the pest control guy and get some baiting stations set up? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Oct 4, 2013 - 7 answers

More Bugs. What else is there to say?

Previously I asked about bugs in our rented townhome - specifically about drains. The drain issue ended... but now we're getting all different kinds of insects in our home again. Roaches in various colors and sizes, nasty ass camel crickets, slugs, lovebugs, stinkbugs, etc. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Shoo fly/come hither, fly

I believe that attractant-type insect traps like bug zappers, fly bags, CO2 traps et cetera work best if you put them in the vicinity but not too close - 15-20 feet. You want them to go "oooh, hey, what's that over there? Hey, everybody, this thing is over here!" My husband would wear a bug zapper around his neck like Flava Flav if that were feasible, on the principle that he wants all the bugs that come near him to go there instead. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Bat-less Belfry Desired

I would like to politely encourage a bat to leave my premises. Talk to me about bat-doors! [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Sep 7, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm so tired of being itchy...

Bedbug treatment and cats - Should I board the cat after treatment of my apartment, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I get animals off my property while killing the smallest number of them possible?

How do I kill the smallest number of animals? If I could get them all away from my house without hurting any of them, I would, but I don't think it's possible. Our yard is full of them, and they sometimes get in the house. There are at least three types of mice, moles, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. I love them and don't want to hurt them, but having them inside is generally agreed to be bad. [more inside]
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? on Jun 13, 2012 - 20 answers

Do exterminators often have to exterminate for themselves?

How common is it for exterminators to bring their work home with them and end up with bug problems themselves? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Remove gel ant poison from wood...?

How to clean-up spilled gel ant poison from a wood drawer? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm Looking Through You

I have been asked to respond to an alleged poltergeist in a school. I have been directed to not be dismissive of it. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 4, 2012 - 43 answers

War on cockroaches

How do you combat cockroaches on your own? Roach motels, boric acid... What else? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Sep 8, 2011 - 11 answers

How to keep cockroaches from coming home with me in my bag?

How do I keep cockroaches from coming home in my overnight bag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Guess I'll live in the upstairs closet

How to DIY or get management to finally get rid of these friggin roaches that come up through the drains? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Jul 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Do Mosquito-fighting Plants Exist?

Perhaps this is the Holy Grail of pest control but: does anyone have first-hand experience of plants that really, truly repel mosquitoes? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jun 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Mosquito Control

Mosquito treatment: just how evil is it? How well will it work? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Opossum - Should we live and let live?

My mom lives just north of Toronto, Canada and she has an opossum visiting her bird feeder. Is it imperative that she call pest control and get rid of it? Is it dangerous, a nuisance, will get in the rafters? She would like to leave it alone, if it leaves her alone but not sure it that expectation is based on any reality - any suggestions?
posted by Minos888 on Mar 2, 2011 - 15 answers

How to get rid of the backyard rats without getting rid of the squirrels?

Is there a way to eliminate rats from our back yard without eliminating squirrels? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 16, 2010 - 18 answers

Which exterminator do I pick for taking care of bed bugs?

Which exterminator do I pick for taking care of bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by ktpetals on Aug 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Get the mouse out of my house!

Are there any ways to reliably pick a good mouser without knowing much about a cat's history? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Aug 13, 2010 - 34 answers

Repelling Peter Cottontail

How do I make my yard less rabbit friendly? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk on Jun 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Pests in the ceiling?

This morning, I found ceiling dust on my keyboard and a hole in the above ceiling. I own the house and my husband hasn't been working in the attic. Could this be some sort of pest?
posted by lilgoyl on Apr 28, 2010 - 25 answers

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I can hear mice in the walls of my apartment building. Is there anything I can do to make them go away? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 26, 2010 - 14 answers

How to end the rat war!

How to quickly end war with local rats? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis on Feb 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Yellow jackets are eating our house

Yellow jackets, or some other form of wasp, have formed a nest inside our roof through a tiny hole in the shingles. Spray and powder hasn't worked yet. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Need to get rid of roaches fast

Can anyone recommend a good pest control company in Tampa, FL? The roaches in my kitchen must DIE DIE DIE. I'm out of town for three days and walk into my kitchen to find four of the not-so-little bastards crawling around. I can't use my kitchen until they are gone.
posted by Ikazuchi on Sep 25, 2009 - 11 answers

What are these jumping flies?

Fly identification question: we've got little black flies hanging around our fridge, garbage, and sink drain. Don't think they're drain flies because they don't have furry wings. They hop when you try to smack them. [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket on Sep 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Are these termites?

Are these termites? If so, what should I do about them? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Get Off My Lawn!

Does anyone have experience with repelling geese from public property? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 3, 2009 - 21 answers

A Better Mousetrap?

I live in a communal dorm in an urban city, and have a bit of a mouse problem. Standard hall procedure is to put in a request for an exterminator to place poison and glue traps. I'm looking for an alternative to these that will allow me to safely, ethically, and humanely dispose of the mice. [more inside]
posted by kensch on Feb 13, 2009 - 14 answers

How can I stop whatever is chewing my basil plants?

My outdoor basil plants are being chewed away by something that leaves behind tiny black grains. Who is the culprit, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by teem on Oct 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Mice don't pay rent, so they can't live here any more.

How do I choose an exterminator who will make this episode of Tom and Jerry end once and for all? [more inside]
posted by brina on Sep 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me dispose of this sad little corpse

So, I found this dead squirrel outside my house this morning. It looked as if it got electricuted overnight, and it's right on my front path. I called pest control, and they said they would remove it, but it was still there when I got home this afternoon. I'm guessing pet control doesn't operate over the weekend, so I'm wondering what I should do in the meantime? Is there someone special I can call? Should I just push it to the side grass with a stick (I don't want to do this... it's kind of seriously gross)? For what it's worth, I live in Ontario in a small-ish city, and I'm renting a flat in the house so I'm not the owner of the place. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do, and I work every day until wednesday so I can't do anything terribly special myself.
posted by Planet F on Aug 8, 2008 - 31 answers

Too many spiders!

I need spider control options, please! [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 8, 2008 - 7 answers

How to get rid of ants bees wasps ladybugs etc

My house has the odd bug problem throughout the year I'm looking for quick and concise solutions that can be made out of house hold products and the best bait to use for these solutions (traps poisons etc). I get the odd problem inside and outside of my house so ill try to mention them separately. These semi random infestations happen on and off for example one year it was ladybugs and another it was ants but they only repeat the odd time. I know this question may seem broad but im looking for some solutions that can be relatively universal yet i can make them for pennies... [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Jul 29, 2008 - 7 answers

There is a mouse living in my stove. He was not invited.

There's a mouse in my stove. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Jul 25, 2008 - 15 answers

There are rats in the kitchen, what am I gonna do?

Several questions about rat infestations, including this one: If I use poison on the giant rats who are suddenly infesting my house, what are the chances of a poisoned rat deciding to die where my dogs can get it and then, if they do get it, will they die too? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Jul 3, 2008 - 13 answers

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