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]
There are pigeons everywhere. Please help me make them dead (or gone). [more inside]
What are the possible causes of this noise in my wall? [more inside]
We have a mosquito/fly problem, but we live in the city. Help! [more inside]
Exactly how fragile are black carpet beetle eggs? [more inside]
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]
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?
How do I get rid of an infestation of flies from my euonymus (kiautschovicus/manhattan?) shrub? [more inside]
[BugFilter] Something is biting the everloving hell out of us -- help! [more inside]
Garden snail behavior-- how far and fast do they travel (etc.)? [more inside]
[Waspfilter] Where can I get my hands on some diazon (aka diazinon, aka Knox-Out) insecticide? Failing that, what can I do to get rid of all these wasps? [more inside]
Strategies for dispatching the eight-legged bastards that have the audacity to enter my home? [more inside]
Are there any plants that will keep raccoons away from the kiddie pool? Any other advice for keeping them out of my yard? [more inside]
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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]
I've spent quite a bit of time and money on making the mosquitoes in my home leave us alone when we sleep. But it now occurs to me to ask -- where exactly are the mosquitoes in my house coming from? [more inside]
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]
Something strange is going on in the kitchen...What has done this to the label on top of my recycle bin? Went to the recycle bin under the sink. in the picture you can see the lid with the label on it. Is it a mouse, a rat....something else? picture here No human in the house has done this!
I've got a couple cherry tomato plants on my windowsill that have been growing like gangbusters -- there's even one little tomato that's JUST starting to turn red. But -- they're also dropping stems off the main plants at an alarming rate. What's happening, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
What animal has made a den in my barn? [more inside]
The book I just received from Amazon is covered in ants, which have now infested my mailbox (and my nightmares). What to do, whom to contact? [more inside]
I have some questions about pest control in the garden, coupled with mysteriously disappearing plants. [more inside]
Bats are living (and excreting) in the attic of my condo unit. I first noticed them in Sept 08, and immediately contacted my property management company for removal and cleaning. Since then, I've called every 2-3 weeks and attended two HOA meetings to bring up the issue. I keep getting excuses or brushed off. How can I motivate them to ACTUALLY remove the bats, protect my unit from further infestation and clean the insulation? [more inside]
how do I utilize my have-a-heart trap to get the bunnies out of my garden? [more inside]
I live on the edge of a huge canyon. Gophers are tearing up my yard. How can I keep them out, when an inexhaustible supply lives just outside my property? [more inside]
We've been hearing rustling overhead. There is a
narrow crawlspace up there. I made an opening, stuck my camera up and recorded a video. [more inside]
This weekend I learned that two mourning doves are building or have built a nest on top of my master bedroom air conditioner (the only air conditioner in the house). This is not a good situation, as we will need to run the a/c come summer, and I do not want the blood of baby doves on my hands. What can I do? [more inside]
I live in a 15th floor condo. We get tons and tons of spiders on our balconies, windows, everything. Right now it's winter, so there are no spiders, only their little cocoons, which are everywhere. How can I get rid of these cocoons before they hatch, and hopefully disuade the spiders from coming back? [more inside]
I am completely overwhelmed with all the information online about starting a vegetable garden. Looking for personal anecdotes about what works and what doesn't; bonus points if you started on extremely clay-based soil. [more inside]
A squirrel is nesting in my friend's car and it keeps coming back. Does anyone have a (non-cruel, non-lethal) way to convince squirrels to find another warm spot? [more inside]
Yet another flea question. I know it's been asked many times before, but nothing has worked. We've tried bombing, professionals, borax, buying a new vacuum, capstar, frontline, flea shampoo, but they keep coming back. How can we rid ourselves of these pests for good? [more inside]
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]
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?
How do I choose an exterminator who will make this episode of Tom and Jerry end once and for all? [more inside]
How to get rid of Cicada Wasps? [more inside]
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]
I think I have squirrels in my attic. They make scratching noises, fighting noises, and noises that sound like something is galloping around up there. If you have had a similar experience, can you recommend a good pest control company? I am in Austin, TX. [more inside]
Why do these flies zig zag around the middle of my room in the afternoons if I leave the window open, and how do I get rid of them?
Strelitzia reginae and other conservatory plants seem to suffer with soft scales...more inside [more inside]
i've just moved into an apartment with a large tree right next to the balcony--i could touch the branches. what are good ways to keep the bugs away? i was thinking about a bird feeder...
Are mosquito lamps effective and do they pose any health risks to pregnant humans ? [more inside]
how do i get rid of flying squirrels? [more inside]
How do I rid my Brooklyn apartment of mosquitoes--in JANUARY?! [more inside]
This small pile of dirt appeared under our windowsill in our dining room. Can anyone ID the culprit from the crimescene?
Any recommendations about the use of Bacillus thuringiensis? I've got some nasturtiums that are being devoured by caterpillars, and I'd like an option that's a little simpler than "pick them off by hand".
Rats/mice. I seem to have a new friend living in my flat. It's small, brown and furry and I'd like to dispose of it (them?) quickly and effectively. I have absolutely no intention of giving it the humane treatment as I simply don't have any way of removing a living creature from my flat in london to somewhere else (no car etc.). How can I kill it? Kill it up good. [more inside]
How do I identify garden pests? And what do I do about them once I've identified them? [more inside]
How do I get rid of all of these fruit flies?? [more inside]
Something has been nibbling on the window sashes in my attic. Do you know what it is?