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Rat trap of unusual size.

I need to select a kid-safe, dog-safe rat trap for a large rat who gives no fucks. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Mice as Fire Hazards

Our house is 150+ years old. It's porous. Ergo we have mice. Is this an actual problem? They're not in the living areas (thank you, cats) but they are in the crawl space under the house and they are in the walls. I've heard anecdotes, of course. And you are not my electrician or my pest control professional. But do mice really chew on wiring? (If they do, why?) If they do, will they really cause a fire in a house with updated wiring and a modern breaker box?
posted by baseballpajamas on Mar 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Getting rid of a (bird) corpse?

I just opened the attic door and discovered at least two, possibly three, dead birds - like, rural style pigeons or something - lying at the bottom of the stairs. Birds don't just lie there generally, so I assume they're dead. I am completely freaking out. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Mar 21, 2016 - 37 answers


I found an uninvited mouse. I lost the mouse. I want to find the mouse again. [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Apr 26, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I keep my backyard free of murdered possums?

I have buried 3 possums in my yard in the past 6 weeks or so and I'm starting to feel like a serial killer. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Dec 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Can't sleep. Mice will eat me.

How do I endure the mice that descend upon my room at night? I really need to sleep again. [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 20, 2013 - 34 answers

Worm in pasta - What should I do?

Last night, when I was eating my spaghetti, I found a worm! It was light green in color and about the size/shape of a meal worm, but with little claw type things towards the head. [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Apr 30, 2013 - 33 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

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

Get rid of rats, leave the cat

What's the bets method for getting rid of rats in a house that has a cat and small kids? Obviously snap traps are out of the question, as ius posion and probably glue, but are tunnel like electrical traps safe? How effective are the humane traps? (I do not, TBH, care that much about about being humane to rodents, but safety is a concern)
posted by Artw on Nov 1, 2011 - 24 answers

How to get a live possum out of a car engine?

A possum has made a nest inside my car's engine! What can I do to get it out without damaging the car or the critter? [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Sep 24, 2011 - 27 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

The rodent eats cat food in the nighttime

What shadowy creature did I see eating my cat's food last night? What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Katine on Aug 23, 2010 - 31 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

Rats! They're in the walls!

Our entire townhouse community is infested with rodents and we have some in the walls. The HOA is going to put poison baits around. Complication: we have two cats. [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Keeping the mice away!

Say hello to my little friend: How can I encourage a mouse that seems to live in my glovebox not to visit anymore? [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Sep 9, 2009 - 12 answers

A plague o' my house?

What might be causing the things seen here in this photo and this photo? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Aug 4, 2008 - 9 answers

What is NYC doing about pests?

[NYCFilter] What steps has NYC taken to deal with vermin? And what isn't it doing that it could? [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Nov 6, 2007 - 2 answers

To eat or not to eat...

Will squirrel spit kill me? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 20, 2007 - 27 answers

Are vermin eating my underwear?

Mysterious holes are appearing in my dirty underwear where there are, ahem, juices. This is probably not lunch-safe. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2006 - 21 answers

Mice in the dishwasher

How do we keep mice out of the dishwasher and what might be the health effects of having them in there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Taking the mickey (mouse)

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]
posted by iamcrispy on Jul 25, 2006 - 33 answers

Why are pigeons disdained?

I'm going to buy a bird-feeder for my back garden, but I roll my eyes at the old lady down the road that throws bread crusts on to the pavement for pigeons? Am I a hypocrite? [more inside]
posted by calico on Apr 19, 2006 - 12 answers


How do I get rid of all of these fruit flies?? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Nov 19, 2005 - 16 answers

Drywood termites: fume or spot treat?

Drywood termites: fumigation or liquid injection? [more inside]
posted by ldenneau on Oct 12, 2005 - 1 answer

Killing Roaches

What's the most effective, least toxic way to kill the hordes of cockroaches that have infested my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by muckster on Mar 5, 2005 - 27 answers

If I see one mice or cockroach, how many DON'T I see?

What is a good ratio for vermin sighting to vermin population? If I see one mouse running around in my apartment one evening, how many mice total should I assume I'm deailing with? How about cockroaches? Is there an authoritative source or agreed upon shorthand for this?
posted by finn on Nov 10, 2004 - 11 answers

Any advice on repelling hungry bunnies?

Any advice on repelling hungry bunnies? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Jul 12, 2004 - 10 answers

Need a Mole Patrol!

My yard is being taken over by moles, and I have tried practically everything short of calling an exterminator (which I don't want to resort to) but the moles are destroying my yard. I've tried the vibrating sticks that you pound into the ground, I've tried castor-based repellents, which sometimes work and sometimes don't. Someone suggested that the key to moles is getting rid of their food, the grubs, so this year I am putting down Grub-Ex. I've even gotten the suggestion of burying ammonia-soaked rags in the ground in their tunnels. Does anyone have any tried and true mole solutions? I live in the country up against a nature preserve. I'm beginning to think it's hopeless. My backyard is becoming a giant sinkhole.
posted by archimago on Mar 29, 2004 - 17 answers

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