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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

Like many people, I don't wish to receive unsolicited phone calls/texts/emails from people who are trying to sell me something or scam me. I am aware of passive ways of dealing with the problem but I ...
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Cheap way to make screens for doors/windows?

I live in New Zealand and buying pre-made screens for windows and doors are expensive. Looking for a cheaper alternative way to make them myself to help my pest control.
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How to take out hidden mice/rat

In the morning my brother in law spotted mice/rat but not sure what it is. Upon moving sofa it has made holes in it. I have 2 problems now I got 5 days old son which we can't leave alone Don’t know ...
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Remove ants from honey

I have this bottle of very good honey. I was not able to use more than a few teaspoonfuls in the past few days. Today when I opened the bottle I see small ants have entered the bottle and floating in ...
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How to get rid of Bedbugs?

Is there any natural or other way of getting rid of bedbugs? Is there any kind of chemical with another purpose that also works to kick out the bedbugs that is available in the market? I know that ...
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How to completely be rid of bed bugs

Living in Florida, bed bugs are too regular an occurrence. A visit to a bed bug-friendly environment - such as a hotel, dorm room - or from someone who has them in their home can easily translate to ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

There are ants in my laptop keyboard again. It's happened before and ended up killing my productivity occasionally as the little critters suddenly show up from within the gaps of the keyboard. I had ...
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How can I make flying insects leave?

We've probably all been there. You're trying to concentrate when there suddenly... bzzzzzzt you look around and carry on... bzzzzzzt [10ms pause] bzzzzzzzzzt. You decide to get up to check what's ...
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Get rid of drain flies (sink flies, filter flies, sewage flies)

Since I moved into my house I started noticing drain flies coming into my bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes there are a lot of them, I once counted more than fifty. In my bathroom there is a septic put ...
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Pest Control - Natural Method of Ant Control - Howto

Destroy the Ant We have some ants ramping up their annual activity here in beautiful Arizona. I want to control them without using any pesticides. In the past I have just destroyed their nests using ...
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How to get rid of ants

Recently my house has had an ant problem. I'm plugged up the holes I think they're coming in from but I still see them wandering around the house and getting into my food. How do I get rid of them ...
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Keeping raccoons out of a dumpster

What is the best way to keep raccoons out of a dumpster? At work we have a simple, split lid, top load dumpster like this one: And we have a pretty large population of raccoons that seem to be ...
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What are the effective ways to repel mosquitoes without using commercial products?

Are there any life hacks or natural ways of repelling mosquitoes without using commercial products which may contain harmful chemicals? I've already tried few iPhone apps which generates supposedly ...
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How to get rid of bandicoot around house

How to get rid of badicoot around the house. There are many bandicoots along the border of our house creating holes and every night they dig lot of mud out around the house. Using poison to kill ...
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How can I open the window when it's dark outside without fearing that moths might fly in?

I have a mottephobia (a fear of moths) and when it's too warm in my room in the night I can't just open the window. My Screen is way too bright. Is there any way to open the window by night and ...
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How can I repel pigeons from roosting on my apartment balcony?

Ahhhh, It's spring. I'm on the top (6th) floor of an apartment building that has an open balcony with a beautiful view… that I recently share with some pigeons. I would much rather the pigeons ...
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How can I prevent spiders coming into my house?

I live in an apartment in a first floor, and in the last few days we noticed two spiders through the hallway. The problem is that these spiders are of a really poisonous kind called Araña de rincón (...
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Dealing with dust mites [closed]

I know a lot of people have dust mite allergy, so drop your tips here if you have any handy hints. Good vacuum cleaners ? Things that poison them ? Bedding covers ? tnx
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How can I remove ants from black ingredients?

Many times it happens when something black has been spoiled by ants like black tea leaves and it's nearly impossible to separate them. By some suggestions I even tried to spread tea leaves in a sheet ...
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How to get rid of a mouse from home

Please suggest possible remedies for mouse entering the house. Does ultrasonic repellent work? Please share your experience. Do home remedies work?
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How to Repel Otters from my Boathouse

Otters are cute. What's not cute is the mess they leave when the come into my boathouse and use the deck (and anything laying on it) as a latrine. It smells like fish and urine. The otters must go. ...
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How to move to a new place, without contaminating it with bedbugs?

I have to live in a dormitory, and I found out, that there are bedbugs here. I reported it to the administration, but they do not care about my problem. They know, that we have no other place to live. ...
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deter badgers from garden

I have holes in and under my garden fences and whilst I haven't observed it, I believe they've been made by a badger using mine and my neighbours garden as a run. How can I persuade Mr. Badger to take ...
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Is there any way to kill a fly without a flyswatter?

Fact: Flies move fast. Very fast. That's why you need something that moves even faster – like a fly swatter – to kill a fly. But what if you don't have a flyswatter handy? Then, how can you catch and ...
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How to get mice out of the ceiling

Late at night, not a creature is stirring, except for the mice scratching away in the ceiling - as I am a renter, I can not access the ceiling, nor do any damage to the property. The real estate agent ...
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How can I prevent a wasp entering the house?

I leave very high up and yet there are many wasps entering. How do I prevent that?
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How to find vanished medium-sized spider?

So, we had unwanted visit of a spider yesterday. It seems to be a non-adult version of a Tegenaria domestica or similar (trigger warning: pictures in the article). The size was about 3-4cm in diameter,...
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How to store bananas and keep fruit flies away?

I leave bananas out on the counter, I find them surrounded by fruit flies. I can't put them in the fridge since that causes them to ripen quickly. What other options do I have?
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How can I get rid of cats?

My previous neighbor started to feed any and every cat that went close to his property, he is no longer around but he didn't take the cats with him. Currently I have like 4 or 5 cats daily messing ...
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How do I repel bugs from face

I have been doing some weeding recently, because it's summer now, and I really hate it when I sit down to dig something up and every flying insect seems to try to fly into my face. Is there some kind ...
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How can I kill spiders while suffering from arachnophobia?

So i have arachnophobia, so bad that my body will lock up and i black out if there is a spider on me. Now i do live with my parents and it occurred to be today when i freaked out when i saw a ...
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How to reduce creepy crawly insects in the house?

I don't mind insects but having a spider crawl over my hand while I'm trying to sleep is just ridiculous. I lived in a shared house which is a bit old. I noticed insects including large spiders and ...
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How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Many times a single mosquito will buzz in my ear at night (and bite me). I know if I kill it there won't be any others, but finding one is difficult.
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How to find a mosquito in a room that's really good at hiding [duplicate]

I've been trying to kill a certain mosquito in my room for a week now. I always fail to find it. I used every method listed on this and some other websites. Nothing helped. Now my plan is the ...
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Friendly way to get rid of screeching birds

So I live in an apartment building attic and there's a bird nest right outside, on the roof. They probably just hatched eggs because they screech and scream like they're dying all from 05:00 till 08:...
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How to get rid of mosquitoes without electricity?

In the summer we used to start fans or cooler while sleeping, but sometimes due to some technical issues at night we have no electricity, so our fans and cooler stop working at that time. I am ...
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Get rid of house fly problem?

I have a problem with flies suddenly. I have been living in my house for almost 20 years and never had a problem with flies. How can I find out where they are coming from and eliminate the source? ...
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Cockroaches in a speaker cabinet

I bought a pair of speakers on Craigslist that turned out to have little roaches living inside. Fortunately, I noticed them before any escaped into my apartment, so I took the speakers back to the ...
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How to trap houseflies? (what's the best bait?)

I made a trap by cutting the top off a plastic bottle, inverting it, and put a rotting banana in it. However, not a single fly has gone into the trap for 2 days (and there are flies everywhere). I'm ...
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How to get rid of pantry moths?

For the past few months I've had pantry moths in my flat. At first very few but they grew in number. I tried some traps and they catch quite a few but it is not enough. I threw away all my infected ...
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Killing flies with your bare hands [duplicate]

Are there any seasoned members that can recommend approaches to successfully kill flies with only your bare hands. I am interested with solutions that can help me deal with pesky flies while they're ...
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How to be rid of mosquito larvae in bird bath [closed]

I have a birdbath and in the summer it accommodates many mosquitos' eggs. It's concrete, so I would rather not pour it out each time. I also don't want to poison the water as to not harm the birds. I ...
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How to eliminate rats from kitchen?

There are few rats in the kitchen and they destroy kitchen equipment and food items. They are coming form window louvers at night. Can you please propose a solution except closing the louvers??
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How to find a mosquito at night? [duplicate]

Recently I'm suffering from a problem: In the middle of the night, a mosquito just keep bzzzing in my ears, but when I move, it stops, but after a minute, it bzzzing again. I've tried using mosquito ...
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How to deal with cockroach at home? [duplicate]

Recently, in the past few months, I found and killed some (~4) cockroaches at home, I'm worried that there is actually more cockroaches, I've tried putting Roach Baits in the kitchen, bathroom etc. ...
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How to avoid pigeons eating my dog's food and pooping my car / front yard?

I keep my dog's food and water on my backyard, pigeons eat all his food and drink his water every time they get the chance. My dog stays on the front yard most of the time and whenever he sees pigeons,...
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How to find a spider when there is a spider web?

I have an aircraft model in my bedroom and saw a spider web attached to the wing today. I want to find the spider. How would I best do this?
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How can I make squirrels leave my roof without poisoning them?

Some squirrels make noise at night under my roof. How can I make them leave, without resorting to using poison or hurting them?
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Controlling mold mites

I found a LOT of small white specks moving around on my monitor. I found out they were mold mites, which eat mold and are found near moisture. They are relatives of the dust mite, a common allergen. ...
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How to remove ants from seeds like falooda?

Is there any way to remove tiny red ants from falooda seeds, or urad dal. I have spread the seeds on a paper, but then also they are not going away. How do I get rid of them?