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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

You and I must play different records.

 

We have had mice, flies, termites, ants and wasps. There was a squirrel in the attic when we first moved in. To those of you who thinks squirrels are cute, they are unless they are in the attic of your new home completely trashing the insulation. That particular bugger was dealt with harshly....... It was January when we bought the house and February when we moved in. The hole he was using was covered up and he has not been back since. The other things traps and chemicals seem to work best. I have been given free reign , short if burning the house down, to remove any pests. Waps and flies are my particular favorites. Flies are everywhere and I keep a running summer kill count....... Wasp, as my wife is allergic to they bite/stings they and delt with the most harshly, if and only if they are in the house. If they are outside they are fine unless they want to build a nest close to a door or window.  If they are building a nest then chemicals are used. If they are inside well let us just say they are delt with.

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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

The usual assortment of flies, ants, spiders, other small bugs, and the occasional mosquito. Sometimes a cricket gets into the basement and starves to death.  For the flies, opening a window during the day gets them out.  We poison the ants if a whole nest finds a way in.  Spiders I will leave alone, they eat the gnats and pillbugs.   We had raccoons in the attic a few years ago and they were a pain.  Destroyed the roof, had to be professionally removed.   I found a dead possum in the garage once. Really dead, not playing.  I would have let it out if I had known it was there. No idea how it got in, as they typically aren't active during the day and DH is careful to keep the doors closed. 

 

 

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On 10/4/2019 at 7:02 AM, TaleSpinner said:

October 5-6 (Weekend Quest): Get out and enjoy Fall, take a picture of Fall prettiness and show us.

We went down to the Square for the weekly Bikes & Coffee event.  Every Sunday morning, at one of the coffee shops on the Denton Square, motorcycle riders drive in and hang out for a few hours.  It was near perfect weather, if on the warm side.  A homeless guy found the piano and was happily banging out tunes, actual songs.  Coffee (well, chai) was hot and the company was swell.

 

I did put out a few seasonal yard decor items this week.

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

Primarily, we see more spiders than anything else.  I put cotton balls damp with peppermint oil in their favorite spots and our indoor population has diminished significantly.

 

Occasionally we'll see ants indoors.  Usually searching for water or after their nest has been flooded out.  Hardware store level chemical treatments tend to force them back outside.

 

Last week we had a new one.  And it was just horrid.  Google 'Cluster Flies', yeah, those things invaded our library last week.  It was a long week of quarantining the room (Son usually studies in there), eliminating the pests and associated clean up. Last night, we declared the room cleared the flies and another round of cleaning up was completed.  It was mentally devastating for me.

 

Sometimes, we get geckos or larger bugs inside and the cats will enjoy them until I clean the carcass up.  #ThatSid will serenade the creature before he engages.  I assume it is like the French Knight taunts from Monty Python. 

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

So, we have four cats.  One of these cats in particular is a monstrous, predatory, a-hole.  All of our cats are indoor cats; 3 for their health and well-being, and 1 for the health and well being of everything outdoors.  Anything that gets into the house takes its life in its own appendages, as it has just entered the Thunderdome and will likely only survive if I find it first.

 

Granted, not a lot of critters can/do get into our house.  But there was a time before I found (and plugged) the point where snakes were getting in that I was finding the occasional remains.  For anything too small for her notice or concern (like ants) we just clean and sometimes use a barrier spray.

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

We've been getting large roaches coming in from outside.  These get killed with prejudice.  This is currently the only pest we kill deliberately.  Everything else, we try to let go outside.

 

We've had skinks get inside somehow.  Getting them outside is always "fun", since they tend to jump to escape predators.  The best option I have so far is two plastic cups and lots of patience.  (We once found one laying on our bed.  We also once found one sitting in one of said plastic cups.)

 

We had a frog get inside once.  No idea how that happened either.

 

We usually get crickets in the late summer and autumn.  We occasionally get fireflies in June.  These are escorted back outside.  I can usually catch them with my hands.

 

We've gotten slugs before.  I'm not a fan but they go back outside too.  (I used to have an irrational fear of slugs.  No idea why.)

 

We let spiders who move in stick around.  They help with other pests.  To the best of my knowledge, we don't have poisonous spiders around the house.

 

We tend to deter ants by using Windex to remove their scent trail and disposing of whatever they've found.  If possible, we take the Windex all the way to the hive/nest.

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

Just noticed a few pantry beetles popping up, which means I'm going to have to check the place to see where they're coming from and if they've found a food source since the last time I cleaned. They will be annihilated, I assure you.

 

 

5 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

Thanks, how about now?

I can see them now, though interestingly they are still blocked out in my quote of your post.

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

Ants are the typical pest we get. Single ants get destroyed and received a burial at sea/toilet. Before we got new frames and doors, a flood of ants usually received a line of cinnamon poured across the entry (mom claims it works and they won't cross it). Nothing toxic gets used, due to the dogs and cats.

 

Spiders get killed on sight, typically after a slightly higher-pitched (yet still manly) gasp of surprise upon notice.

 

We have had a few bats over the years. Due to my mother's paralyzing fear of them, there is a loud scream and shout for either my father or myself, lots of gasping until she says there is a bat in the house, and then someone takes care of it. I have only had to deal with one. It was lying unconscious in the living room floor so I just had to get a bucket and lid and take it outside. The theory is that after it got in the house, it flew into the spinning ceiling fan and it was KO'd.

 

The current pest in the house is a non-larval human, a "friend" of my mother who invited herself to stay for three weeks. I am coping with it by avoidance (entire series of True Blood binged), and doing as many chores as I can. Oh, and harsh language muttered under my breath.

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1 hour ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

We've been getting large roaches coming in from outside.  These get killed with prejudice.  This is currently the only pest we kill deliberately.  Everything else, we try to let go outside.

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We tend to deter ants by using Windex to remove their scent trail and disposing of whatever they've found.  If possible, we take the Windex all the way to the hive/nest.

 

BTW, Windex (brand only) is a good ranged attack on roaches.  If you have the kind that scuttle away the moment you move near them, a focused spray nozzle will get you 3-4 feet of range.  Something about that brand gets inside the carapace and kills within seconds. 

 

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

This time of year, when it's getting colder and colder outside, it's black flies. I don't know how they come in, but once in, they insist on getting out by smashing themselves in the windows.

 

All the windows and doors are closed in my 2nd floor apartment, yet each room manages to grow a fly that is non-conveniently always just out of reach of the fly swatter.

 

But I'm patient, and the swatter always gets them. Sadly, cleaning the splatter is also very inconvenient and requires climbing.

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

Spiders and stink bugs. The spiders are fine by me, especially since they help handle the stink bugs. There's not really anything to deal with. The stink bugs aren't so bad that they require much more than occasionally picking them up and putting them outside.

 

When we bought our place there was a fairly bad mouse population living there. We took our biggest, meanest cat and tossed him in there for a week while we were working on the place. After a few days I didn't see any more living mice. Found a couple of eviscerated and half eaten ones, but nothing living. Haven't had any mice problems since then either. 

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41 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:

Spiders get killed on sight, typically after a slightly higher-pitched (yet still manly) gasp of surprise upon notice.

 

You haven't lived until you (or your partner) discovers a spider the size of your hand in the shower with you.  That makes for exciting times.

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5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

Our apartment's outer wall is original brick.

 

It's a ~230 year old brick wall. It contains its own ecosystem. Thus far we've seen garden type spiders, house centipedes, and silverfish. The upper story window actually has a cobweb on it. I'm both leery and wondering what will come out of the wall over the winter.

 

Contrast that to our last place where no matter how little food we kept we still had mice, roaches, and a general sense of 'the building manager has no give-a-damn'.

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5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

What I /see/ is the usual; the odd fly (cats get them eventually), fruit flies (sigh), and the occasional spider (when the cats don't get them). 

I'm fairly sure we have rats or mice. I haven't seen a live one, but... I'm pretty sure they're there. Can't use poison, don't want to accidentally poison a cat or one of my chickens...

Most of the rest of the pests (we had hornets or yellow jackets or something for a while) have fallen prey to chickens. I largely leave management up to the chickens and the cats and spot-treat as needed. The garter snakes get the slugs, and the spiders get most of the rest. It works. 

 

 

5 hours ago, Crowley said:

 

We have a mouse. We're putting everything in plastic containers to discourage it from hanging around.

 

(Lies!! They totally count!)

 

.. you want glass or metal, for mice; they can smell food through plastic, and chew right through it to get to whatever they smell.

I speak from experience; I grew up in a place that had a Mouse Problem, and Mom stored anything she didn't want mice into in glass or metal; no plastic. Didn't get rid of the mice, but they would come in from the fields and the cats or chickens ate them. Ah, the joys of living out in the boonies... ^^;

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1 hour ago, Sylverthorne said:

 

.. you want glass or metal, for mice; they can smell food through plastic, and chew right through it to get to whatever they smell.

I speak from experience; I grew up in a place that had a Mouse Problem, and Mom stored anything she didn't want mice into in glass or metal; no plastic. Didn't get rid of the mice, but they would come in from the fields and the cats or chickens ate them. Ah, the joys of living out in the boonies... ^^;

Mostly I just need to discourage them. But yeah, need some sort of containers. 

 

Okay, too warm to bake. Will do it tomorrow. 

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8 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

October 7: What sorts of pests invade your home, and how do you deal with them?

 

(For the record, teenagers and other human larval forms do not count as pests.)

 

Various insects (generally flies or gnats) attempt to invade, but do not survive.

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