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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I just moved into an apartment which I now think had an existing roach problem. Should/can I break my lease now and recover my money, or should I try to fight the roaches? I'm in PA. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen
on Aug 8, 2010 -
What is this insect
sitting on my flower? There are four of them that I can see on the plant. I have a cat that goes in the backyard, can these infest him?
posted by BuddhaInABucket
on Jul 29, 2010 -