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To get rid of sweat bees, wasps, yellow jackets and other bees at your hummingbird feeders, cut off a 2 liter bottle off about 3 to 5 inches below the neck of the bottle and fill the bottom half with a super strong solution of sugar water or some kind of canned soda or flavored drink.
I have tried to bungee the can to a pole, I have sprayed the can and the trash with lots of ammonia and still I find it all over my yard. I do not have a garage or anywhere to keep this trash. I am far away from the street so I can't get a metal one as they do not have wheels on them.
What is the best ways to make mosquito traps, if I don't have any apple cider, and I am not aloud to use meat or wine?
I stay at my boyfriend's house on the weekends and I can't go a single night without getting bit. My boyfriend never gets bit. This has been going on for a few months now. I thought it was fleas.
I live on a fixed income and just moved. I have nothing left over at the moment to buy baits. I was wondering if there was something I could use to repel the ants I found in my kitchen cabinets today while cleaning and organizing.
I am having trouble with these very tiny little flying pests and think they might be no see ums. I am using a product with 40% Deet and am still getting bitten. I can't afford to pay for a pest control. Why might this Deet not be working and might I be dealing with some sort of other pest?
I saw a snake in my backyard, in Virginia. The body way about a foot long. The thickest part of it was about an inch wide. It had a dark color base (black or a dark grey). There was one single yellow stripe running down the length of its body, along with various spots on each side of the single stripe.
What kind of snake is this? I saw it this morning and he has not moved. I'm not sure whether it would be a diamond-backed water snake or a venomous Western Pygmy rattlesnake.
What is the best thing you can use for the flying insects that come in your pop up camper?
I found a nest of about a dozen snakes on my cellar steps, first time in 25 years. I called a professional and he set traps. They were empty. Now they're gone. Why were they there, where did they go, will they come back? I live in Ohio.
I had a 5 foot rattlesnake under my house. I put sulphur out everywhere except a small area where he could get out. The next morning I ran out and sealed the rest of perimeter with sulphur. He left from under the house, but keeps hanging around wanting to go back under. How do I get rid of him forever?
I folded mine and dropped in a few mothballs and some leftover potpourri, then sewed shut. instant moth-repellent that doesn't smell too bad.
We have a neighbor who is doing massive renovations around their house. One unintended consequence is that our property is overrun by displaced chipmunks. I set out rat traps baited with peanut butter. That worked great for a while. Now the traps are attracting large numbers of ants.
We live on the edge of a forest and farm land and the raccoons have gotten mean to the deer by jumping on their heads out of trees. Our neighbor across the road has cattle and the raccoons have attacked some of his mamma cows and bit off a teat which throws them in a tail spin.
Loraine placed some mothballs inside her cabinet, after one week, the mothballs were all gone. What happen to the mothballs?
I have no idea what it is. It's black, can fly, is fairly small, and I don't know if it bites because I didn't want to stay around to find out. I am literally terrified of bugs and don't feel safe not knowing what it is. I'm a bit of a wimp, but I'm mostly afraid of what I don't know.
I'm abnormally scared of finding an adult of these baby spiders that keep crawling round my bathroom. This screams 'massive mummy spider somewhere' as there are at least 10 a day that I'm flushing and they're all identical. Is there any other solution to this or do I need to find a new home?
A race runner lizard is living in the soil of one of my flower beds. One of your posted answers suggested mothballs and eliminating food supply, ie. bugs. So this morning I cut down my marigold bushes, sprayed the beds with insecticide and put out mothballs in pots and along the perimeter of the flower bed.
Will the use of mint oil work on the outside of the house where the mice seem to congregate? I have corners near the outside doors where droppings are all over the place. No problems with them coming in the house; the house is tight. If this works, what type of oil will do the job?
We have serious groundhog problem. I have seen solutions suggesting ammonia rags, used cat litter, etc. I am not sure if this will work with our pests, as they have burrowed into our sand mound septic system. There are huge burrows. Help please!
After several years of trying everything possible, I've found that liberally applying vegetable oil all over the shepard's crook and the feeder hanger itself keeps ants away. Nothing toxic, messy, or unsightly, and the ants don't like it!
Gnats and fruit flies love sweet liquids. You don't have to use wine, although they do like it. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (only about 3) to wine and slowly stir this makes a film on the surface that the bugs get trapped in.
This question is for the person who suggests turning the thermostat down to 62 degrees to kill the no see ums. I have been suffering so much from bites in my house for the past 2 months. Like you, I have tried everything - except bombing. I have a forest filled with oak trees behind my house.
I have been noticing a lot of black flies this year in my office. I have been renting the downstairs office for 23 years - the upstairs office has been vacant for 4 years. I went looking to find where these flies are coming from. In the vacant office I found hundreds of dead flies all throughout the space.
Wasps seem to hate warm soapy water. I attached a sprayer to my hose with simple dish soap in it. I applied some several times during the day and have successfully deterred a large nest that was visible and inside my covered porch structure. I was reluctant to use a bunch of wasp spray.
I thought my kitty had somehow managed to catch fleas even though she is strictly an indoor cat. I've noticed her scratching a lot lately, but I don't see any flea symptoms on her. Recently at night when I lay on my bed I feel really tiny insects jumping all over me, but I have no bite marks. I
What can I use to get rid of fleas with a newborn baby in the house?
I have a recipe for pest control using essential oils. It smells fabulous and can be applied to your skin, but keep it away from your eyes. It works better than the Avon stuff and is way more natural than chemical sprays.
I came home a few days ago to find a black snake with yellow diamond pattern on my front porch. It was about 5' long. It was very fast and when it felt threatened it left the front porch and headed for the shrubbery. I live in Tennessee. Can anyone tell me what kind of snake it might be?
I also have these tiny coffee like bugs on my kitchen counter. Last year I bought dog bones from a bulk ben at a pet store. I took everything off my counter and washed with bleach and put out a small bowl with dish soap. I did not see any for maybe a month. Now they are back.
I am terrified of bats. I live right in front of a wooded area and so far I have not seen any bats in my back yard but the building next door has a huge and really bright spot light on all night. We can actually see the bats flying towards the light to eat bugs.
We have had 2 pop up campers in the past 3-4 years, both given to us by my brother-in-law. Every time we store them for the winter and open them up the next year they have been damaged by mice.
Our home is terribly infested with cockroaches. We had tried many home remedies to get rid of them, but they were of no use. Our neighbour suggested to us the <a href="http://www.positivepest.net/">best exterminators NYC</a> to kick them off completely. But I am in doubt whether to go for them.
How often do you have to change the mixture in the bottom of the mosquito catcher bottle?
I am over run with lizards. The only problem I have is their poop. It is all over my shop, patio, and garage area. Any suggestions to run them outside?
Slugs in the garden may be a problem for you. If they are just fill a plastic cup with beer and put it in the ground so that the top of the cup is ground level. The slugs will be attracted and in the morning you will have a cup'o slugs.
The screen on my window is bent, and today I noticed at that there are tons of small brown flying bugs that got through the gap. They don't seem to bite and are attracted to light. They are completely ignoring the vinegar.
We're moving. I am using cardboard boxes to pack and store. How do I eliminate any bug infestation that might be in the boxes? Or to protect while in storage?
Forget the other tips about building a bird house-like trap with a soda bottle on the bottom, to entrap and kill carpenter bees. I built one, and mounted it right next to the existing bee hole. They buzzed around it and checked it out, but not a single bee ever entered it.
I live in a neighborhood without sidewalks. In March, my old dog was euthanized. I sent away for a "Please Keep Your Dog Off of the Grass" sign. At the same time, knowing which dog it was, I wrote a letter to my neighbor asking him to keep an eye on my yard for any dogs using it as a bathroom.
I have 4 rose of Sharon bushes in my front yard. They were planted 5 years ago, but the last few years I have been getting roaches from them or from somewhere and I don't know what to do. It has never happened to me before so I'm not sure why it would start now. Thanks for any and all help.
My RV has got little, biting black bugs. They are not fleas or ticks, but they bite like them. I ask a pet shop owner what he would do. He suggested that I try the original, yellow Listerine.
How do I stop the neighbor's dog from coming into my yard and pooping and peeing? We have a leash law, but they let their dog run free. If I call the dog officer they will know it's me complaining.
What are the flying, biting, black insects that look like mosquitoes but are smaller than flies?
I caught and released, about 3 miles from home, a possum. Can it find its way back here?
I have tiny black bugs in my closet upstairs and I do not know what they are! Orkin was here last week and sprayed and they are still here. I wiped everything down after they sprayed thinking I was rid of them I have found a few in the bathroom upstairs as well but only 2 or 3. They are mainly in the closet!
I have a newborn babe and have bought the Tommie Tippie diaper trash can. I opened it today to empty it and few little black flies were in it! What are they and how do I get rid of them?
These bees are beautiful, I have had a small nest of them, maybe 10-20, for at least ten years in the soffit of my garage. I'm worried now about the damage they may be causing. I would rather not kill them, is there anything I can do to make them relocate?
It was always one of those dreaded calling cards of Spring; the annual invasion of the Micro Ants, with lines snaking from my window or under sink to the nearest cabinet with anything sweet inside!
How do you get rid of rats and mice inside and outside? I want to kill them without a trap.
I'm having the same problem as several others. I have black and white pinhead bugs that bite, but you never see them move. They can be on your hand or on the floor and they won't move.
The first time I get infested with fleas, I read that Mr. Teal's Epsom Lavender Salt kills fleas. So I went crazy and put it all over my apartment. I also bought bedding cedar for my dog, but right now she's with my mom until I get rid of this infestation. I did get my dog really clean and flea free.
How much vinegar, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper do I use in a spray bottle?
There are tiny black bugs which are present all year, but more in number in the warmer months. They have wings, fly very fast, and bite. They leave tiny red raised bumps on the skin, some of which have a dark center. They seem attracted to the bathroom. What are they and what harm do they do? Also how do I get rid of them?
What is the period of efficacy for the liquid? How often does it need replacing?
How can I get rid of ants in my vegetable garden?
I have flying black insects that don't bite. They have been driving me crazy! They appear only at night. They are attracted by light, they always appear on my laptop screen or when I turn on a light.
How do I keep squirrels, birds, raccoons, etc. out of fruit trees? Do motion detector water sprinklers work to solve this problem?
Growing up with grandparents from "back in the day" was to me an advantage. In the 60's and 70's, as a kid, we children were sent outside to play, whether or not we wanted to. I did not mind, nor did the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes loved me. I was usually bathed in and caked in calamine lotion each night after my bath and stood in front of a fan to dry and try not scratch the bites that covered my little body. Finally, one year I was given a tasty orange chewable tablet daily in the warmer months here in Louisiana. I loved it. Mosquitoes never bothered me again, those many warm seasons ago. My pharmacists of today never heard of this Sulfur chewable. Nor, did they ever admit knowing the positive effects of sulfur against mosquitoes. Unfortunately, this isn't really a tip. It's more of a request. Pharmaceutical companies, please put this sulfur tablet back on the shelf. I'm sure it's quicker and safer than eating a match head or making my own tea. Even at age 50, I'm too eager to go outside to my garden. My grandmother knew what to do for me back then. There are some truths to "old wives tells".
My outdoor lamp post is full of tiny brown ants. They are coming out of the electrical side socket. Not wanting to short out the socket I haven't sprayed. How can I safely treat the socket?
I have a professional company do my lawn, inside the house, and termite control. I have so many pests and they are treating my home for these. Recently I found a very small brown oval bug. The technician said it is a pantry pest. You can almost "see" them.
I want to be able to use dish soap, water, vinegar, or baking soda to spray on nests or places that wasps want to make nests to repel them so thay won't come back.
How long do the cotton swabs repel the mice before you have to change them?
How do I recognize honey bees versus wood bees?
Use Hibiclens Antiseptic/Antimicrobial Skin Cleanser while showering and they won't bite that night.
Every time I go to my room or the bathroom some bugs bite me. I can't see them, they fly, and when they bite me they leave a little red mark. Please help me it's starting to get aggravating.
I've been on holiday for two weeks and now have pigeons on my veranda every morning. How can I get rid of them?
I see so many people saying use salt. "Don't" use salt! It's bad for the PH in the soil and you will not be able to grow anything there. Others suggest beer and who knows what else. Sure those options may work if you have a "few" snails or slugs around like on a patio.
How go I get rid of slugs? They are overtaking my decking and I want to get rid of them.
Essential oil is a wonderful all natural insect repellent! Peppermint oil will repel flies, ants, bees, roaches, and spiders! Simply add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1/2 cup of water. Using a spray bottle, spray the area you want to be free of pests.
I don't mind the ants and bees so much. But the woodpeckers oh my! The little stinkers tilt the feeder and dump all the liquid onto the ground and waste it. I wouldn't mind them feeding if they did not waste it.
I burn a back porch light all night, every night. During the summer months, the light attracts hoards of flying insects. Even after shooing, waving, and scattering the swarm, it's difficult to get into the house without at least a few getting in with me.
How do I get rid of coral snakes around the base of my house?
I need to know home remedies to kill fleas in house and on my pets.
I had a cat called Max, but had to sell him and ever since they came to get him I've had fleas in my house. Now trying to get rid of them, but they keep coming back. I am really concerned of having them in my hair. Does anyone know where I can buy brewer's yeast to help get rid of them?
They love my balcony. They nest there and are there constantly. No fences can be built because of the structure of the balcony. I've tried everything! Where do I get the spikes? Maybe I can line the balcony ledge.
I have read that adding ammonia around the yard, under the porch, shed, etc. will keep skunks away. I believe I have a family living under my shed. When is the best time to add the ammonia?
I've known all my neighbors for 20 years. We live in a "luxury" apartment building. I don't know how to go about bringing up the subject and telling them. I also have to let the management know. They know there is a problem in the building and have had a dog in my apartment, but everything was good.
I have these tiny, really shiny, silvery bugs that are biting me! I've noticed them now in the bar I work in. I phoned the nurse hotline as I could feel them in my hair and when I Googled flying silvery bugs I got freaked out. My home, my work, myself, and my animals are infested.
We found a small group of bugs in our office, size is 1/4"very tiny like hair, they are moving too. They are at one of our glass counters. What can we do?
There are about 5 stray cats on my street. The neighbor next door feeds them and then they come to my lawn to pee, poop, and throw up. What homemade remedy can I use?
How do I keep squirrels from chewing on a white pine log house, mainly the corners that stick out about 8 inches. The house is stained, but does not make any difference.
I am finding stink bugs everyday, mostly in the kitchen. I do not know where they are coming from, but find it odd in the winter. No matter how you dispose of them, they stink.
Please help me get rid of them. I hose them on a daily basis, but they still return.
My boyfriend lives on the river and we are having a problem with gardener snakes. We have sealed holes under the sink and everywhere else one would not be okay. Now we are up to 7, I am ready to no longer stay here. Any suggestions?