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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

Renting a house: possum in attic

The possum is gone now and hopefully won't be coming back. Is it reasonable to think the attic itself as well as the insulation in the attic is covered in urine and feces? If so, is it reasonable to expect the property management company or owner to clean up the attic and replace any/all of the insulation? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Aphids? Minions?

I planted milkweed this year to provide a rest stop for Monarchs, and today I noticed these yellow bugs on several of the plants. They appear to be aphids, and I'm not sure if I need to get rid of them.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Banana pests

Can you help me identify these flat white bugs on my bananas? Google gives me a wide range of food pests, but nothing that looks like these critters. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on May 4, 2015 - 3 answers

What Bug Is This? Fuzzy Cocoon, Florida Edition, No Wilfred Brimley.

The exterior of our house has been overrun by these furry little cocoons. I need help identifying the little rascals and also advice on how to KEEL them and keep them from coming back. [more inside]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon on Apr 23, 2015 - 2 answers

What are these terrifying bugs? Are they out to eat me?

About a week ago, I noticed a dozen small dots moving on the wall of my shower. When I say small, I mean borderline microscopic. I caught one on some Scotch tape and filmed it under ~30x magnification. Please help identify. I've had a few itchy bumps, and surely this is the cause. How do I get rid of them? Link to video. [more inside]
posted by rancidchickn on Dec 13, 2014 - 8 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will carpet beetle eggs survive the move?

Exactly how fragile are black carpet beetle eggs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Help us get rid of this infestation.

[BugFilter] Something is biting the everloving hell out of us -- help! [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jun 4, 2010 - 24 answers

I need to kill one pest while protecting another.

We have spiders and pill bugs in our basement. I want to spray for them, but I also have pet rats that I like to let wander around on occasion, and don't want them to get sick. Is there a natural bug spray that is rodent safe? (I know, our basement sounds like a fun place) [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 15, 2009 - 11 answers

They take a lickin' and keep on tickin (unfortunately)

How long did it take for Terro to exterminate the ant population in your apartment/house? I started using Terro's liquid-filled ant baits on Wednesday, September 17. Now, four days later I am still seeing ants trickle in - not as many as before, but enough to make me grit my teeth, and wonder if they're just waiting for the next set of eggs to hatch before they come in droves again. How fast did Terro work for you? Did it take you a few days, a week, etc?
posted by Esther Festers on Sep 21, 2008 - 11 answers

What is up with the flies?

Where are all these flies in my house coming from, and why all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by suchatreat on Jul 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Cockroach genocide?

GAH! Cockroaches! Please help! [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Jun 25, 2005 - 21 answers

Drain Flies, ew!

OK, I have Drain Flies. Dirty, disgusting, ewww, gross!!!! How can I get rid of them quickly without poisoning myself in the process? I hate flies more than spiders, snakes, mice, more than anything; so THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!
posted by lilboo on Oct 13, 2004 - 9 answers

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