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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

never thought how quickly bedbugs could become my problem.

Bedbugs in apartment we just moved into. What to do? Legally, practically, emotionally. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jun 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Oh my god the ants, help!

We've been battling a carpenter ant infestation unlike any before. In past years we've had NO PROBLEM getting rid of them quickly. This year, they seem to be all over the house, and we're trying all the same tricks with no luck. I don't think we've ever been cleaner and we've been keeping things in airtight containers as we normally do. I have questions about how this could happen and what I can do. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Help us block ants from our house

Today we found tiny ants on a kitchen counter and followed their path to a stretch of baseboard. We sprayed it with Sevin & left for work. Don’t know what to expect EOD. We’d prefer to use more natural products, but we’re willing to go nuclear if necessary. (We own the home; no landlord.) How have you handled ants?
posted by LonnieK on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Desperately Seeking Spider Repellent - Must Love Plants

My apartment has a beautiful walkway lined with flowers and overhanging tree branches. This is great except that spiders LOVE it here and I do not love spiders at all. I'm looking for a spider repellent that can be sprayed on the plants along the walkway so I don't have to walk through webs every morning and evening. The hitch is that the aforementioned flowers belong to my landlord, who I respect very much and who loves his plants, so the repellent can't have negative effects on them. [more inside]
posted by possumbrie on May 17, 2014 - 7 answers

I don't want a mouse pad.

How can I tell if an apartment building has pests (e.g. rodents or roaches)? Am I being unrealistic to hope to find a place that doesn't? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Mar 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Is it okay to feed a vast flock of blackbirds?

Many hundreds of redwing blackbirds visit my feeders in the winter. Is it wrong to keep feeding them? [more inside]
posted by Banish Misfortune on Feb 9, 2014 - 6 answers

To Sue, or Not to Pursue? That is the (complex) question.

My room has bedbugs. My landlord refuses to cover the costs of extermination, on the grounds that they've never had this problem before. Do I push it, or let it go? Complication: my landlord is not actually my landlord. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jan 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Getting rid of The Birds...

A bird couple (pigeons, apparently) have set up shop in the corner of my balcony and I have tried various and relatively humane methods in an attempt to drive them away. They've barely reacted. What are my next courses of action? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Dec 15, 2013 - 13 answers

What happens to bird feces when sanitized, but still physically present?

Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind. I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach. Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious. BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
posted by ahtlast93 on Sep 29, 2013 - 11 answers

What the heck is this bug?

My boyfriend walked into the bedroom to find this dude chilling on our comforter. What kind of beetle is this? Are we going to be eaten alive in our sleep? We live in Los Angeles, if that helps identify the beast.
posted by pea_shoot on Sep 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Silverfish at the bottoms of my recipe books

I have silverfish in all sorts of places in my flat (the toilet/bathroom when I don't clean it more than once a week, various cupboards in the kitchen at various different times). But this is the worst. They're collecting at the bottoms of my recipe books. Like, four a book. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

What's eating my apple tree?

What is this pest on my apple tree? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jul 15, 2013 - 4 answers

EEK A MOUSE!!

I am at the end of my rope with the mouse population in my apartment. Help me catch or repel them, humanely if possible. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jun 11, 2013 - 44 answers

Ugh, what kind of bugs do I have?

I have some sort of bug infestation in my house and am getting many little bites. What could it be? Here are some things, with a kitty picture. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Well, that's just bats!

We apparently have bats in our attic. Should we call a pest removal service, or can we put up our own exclusion trap over the attic vent? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Apr 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Please help me with my serious mosquito problem!

I have a serious mosquito problem in my house, there are literally 10 or so in every room almost all the time. Every night before I go to bed I have to lay there and spray each one as it flies by me, it takes about 5 minutes and the spray smell lingers for ages. In the morning they are in the bathroom where the door has been shut and no windows are open, I have no idea where they are getting in. I leave my back door open a crack for my dog at night and I have a mozzie zapper in the laundry where the door is. It doesn't seem to be helping. I also have those plug in mozzie repellers but also not helping and very expensive. I don't have a pool or pond and don't know of any neighbours that do. Please help, this is really getting me down, not only the killing of them but the 30 or so bites I have right now. I am in southern Australia where it's hot now, but not humid.
posted by Youremyworld on Feb 16, 2013 - 21 answers

What has gone wrong with my squash, cucumbers, and peas?

Oh no! My winter squash, cucumbers, and peas are failing. Can anybody tell me why and what, if anything, I can do about it? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

What bugs are these on my raspberries and how do I get rid of them?

These little moth-like things are ALL OVER my raspberry plants. I am in Canberra, Australia. They just arrived, so I don't know what damage they are going to do (yet). How screwed am I and how do I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces?

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Dec 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Mice Control

The mouse poison we've successfully used for years has run out and is now hard to get as consumers. Is there another brand we can replace it with? Any tips for better sealing our home? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Invasion!

Help! We just found a black widow spider inside our house. They are endemic in our neighborhood. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Sep 19, 2012 - 20 answers

fiery feet

My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 18, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I rid myself of the mite infestation in my cupboard?

How do I rid myself of the white mite infestation in my cupboard? I have cleaned everything multiple times and in multiple ways! [more inside]
posted by ElliotH on Sep 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Dead Mouse Smell at a Dinner Party: "Why, yes, our home does have its own supply of L'Eau de Souris"

We're having a dinner party tomorrow night, and now it seems there's a dead mouse in one of our walls. What can we do to mitigate the smell? We can't go into the walls. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Jul 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Help Me Get Rid of Feral Cats!

There are many feral cats in our neighborhood, which is extra annoying because 1) they drive my dogs bonkers, 2) they leave their droppings in our yard almost daily, which are super stinky, and 3) some spread fleas. Do you have suggestions for how to get rid of them? I may get cat traps from the humane society, and someone suggested sprinkling coffee grounds. Are there any other good ways to repel cats with something that is nontoxic for dogs?
posted by lirael2008 on Jun 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Plagued by ants, ants, and (hopefully not) an ardvark

Ants, scurrying rodents - what do I do with my WALL OF VERMIN? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jun 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Do I really need to address the cockroach problem?

Today I saw a cockroach. It's huge. (3 inches?) But I mean - it's just a cockroach, right? RIGHT? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on May 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Please help my girlfriend before bloodsuckers drive her completely crazy.

Can you help me identify/fight back the bloodsuckers in our apartment? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on May 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Pernicious California Butter Ants

Please help me deal with these single-minded ants. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on May 11, 2012 - 19 answers

How to clean up after mice? Dirty buggers.

How should I clean up after finding mouse droppings in my kitchen drawers? And is this mouse fighting strategy sound? [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Feb 12, 2012 - 15 answers

resistant roaches

Help me kill my super-roaches. [more inside]
posted by KRS on Nov 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Small Mystery Critter in Our House...Help!

We have an unknown critter nibbling the fruit and tomatoes on a counter INSIDE our house (in Miami, Fl). It's hungry enough to eat most of the bait on a mouse trap (say, leaving only the skin on a small slice of pear, as it seems to like fruit), strong enough to somehow move what's left of the bait about 1.5 inches away from the trap, but agile/light enough to not be caught by the trap. No vermin poop nearby that I can see. Ideas what it could be and how to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by wordworking on Nov 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Why does my Home have so FEW roaches?

I rent a 50 year old ground level home that has NO pests! This in Hawaii where every home has loads of roaches, ants, etc etc. I have seen one roach in 2 1/2 years. and a neighborhood where they abound! WE have used no pesticides in the past 2 1/2 years and the house has not been tented in 5 years I am worried that at some point in the past someone treated this place with something long acting and toxic: worried for my kids mostly. Landlord says not to his knowledge. What tests could one reasonably do to see if toxins are a problem? Is this fear ridiculous?
posted by dougiedd on Nov 1, 2011 - 14 answers

A chewing noise

What's that chewing noise in the attic? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Oct 17, 2011 - 22 answers

Bedbugs vs lice (can't believe I'm rooting for lice)

The exterminator says it's a mild case of bedbugs. Is he almost certainly right? I don't have any bites and I don't want to go through an unnecessary fumigation. Could it be lice or something instead? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 17, 2011 - 14 answers

What are these paper-eating bugs in my wooden drawers, and how can I get them out?

What are these bugs in my wooden chest that eat paper (and cat toys)? How can I get rid of them for good? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Aug 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Infestation Risk

I'm looking to rent a studio or one bedroom apartment in Arlington, Virginia within walking distance of the Courthouse or Clarendon Metro stations. After a week or so of pretty intense searching (dozens of calls, two days spent wandering around) I finally found and visited a place in my price range (under $1250) a 10 minute walk from Courthouse. Unfortunately online reviews (20 or so) are largely (80%) negative and frequently mention roaches and bedbugs. How do I decide whether I can look past this or not? How do I broach the topic with the management? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Aug 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Is this place still going to have bed bugs?

Is it worth renting this house that used to have bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jul 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Forearmed against the six-legged

We're moving in a couple weeks, and we just found out that bedbugs were spotted in our new apartment. NOOOO! What now? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 28, 2011 - 25 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

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Eek, a mouse!

I am terrified of all manner of bugs, rodents, and other creepy tiny things. I just found mouse droppings in my kitchen. What are the steps I should take right away that my panic is keeping me from thinking of? What steps are totally delusional and unnecessary? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jun 10, 2011 - 10 answers

What's eating my plants?

Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by celerity on May 28, 2011 - 13 answers

What is living in my attic?

I can hear something scurry above my head. But no signs when I check for evidence. My study has a ceiling, and above that is the loft/storage/attic area. I can hear things scurrying there at certain times of day and night. Sound big-ish to me (rat sized?) but I also know even little things can sound big. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Nov 23, 2010 - 14 answers

how best to deal with a burrowing critter

how best to deal with a burrowing creature (don't know what kind) that is threatening my new trees? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me become a reasonable germophobe

I’ve recently, over the course of the last year, gone from being a pretty average person to being a raging germophobe, and I am exhausted. Instead of remaining on constant, high-alert paranoia, I would like to develop a set of rules that I can follow and rest assured that I’m doing what is reasonably possible to prevent germ-related catastrophe. I’m interested in knowing the chances of xyz germ contamination happening, and how to go about reasonable prevention that won’t disrupt normal routines or inconvenience others. What are your cleaning rituals, when do you take calculated risks, and when do you decide that worrying isn’t worth it? [more inside]
posted by pluot on Sep 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Pidgey is confused. It hurt itself in its confusion.

There are pigeons everywhere. Please help me make them dead (or gone). [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Sep 19, 2010 - 46 answers

Noisy wall

What are the possible causes of this noise in my wall? [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp on Aug 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Buzz buzz, your blood is delicious!

We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

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