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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
We're starting to notice (already) that we're going to have a bug problem in this house this summer.

Obviously I know we need to clean up food and dishess asap, however what other things can I do to help keep the bug situation nil or almost non existant?

PS...aside from pet-safe bug spray.
post #2 of 17
You need to determine what kind they are and how they are getting in the house.
Usually around windows and doors. Caulking should prevent most of this.
post #3 of 17
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Thanks! We're trying to figure that out too...they some centipede like bug, but shorter. We think its more beach bugs...nothing we've ever seen before..
post #4 of 17
Are they silverfish? I absolutely HATE those things! My little Volkswagen Beetle was full of them when I got it, from it sitting in a barn for many years. It has been extremely difficult to get rid of them.

Here's a picture of the silverfish:
http://www.insectsandpests.com/image...rfish_pict.jpg
post #5 of 17
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I think the one I killed today is a silver fish. I remember learning that they like dark damp areas.

B has said that he's seen a few by the cat little too..

Great, something hard to get rid off...they're probably all over in the walls of the house.
post #6 of 17
yeah, must be the time of year for them - i've seen 2 in the last week.
Firefox is very interested in them!
post #7 of 17
Seal up cracks. Spray around the outside of the home 2x per year. Inside the home use boric acid or food grade diatomaceous earth.

Tonight I found a snake in my home. A juvie one. Better than bugs! I scooped him up and took him outside.
post #8 of 17
just be thankful its not roaches... those things never die, trust me i have tried just about everything cept burnin the house down and starting over.
post #9 of 17
eek, yucky!
We've still got loads of snow so no bugs yet. Just had to say that I love your signature!!
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
Seal up cracks. Spray around the outside of the home 2x per year. Inside the home use boric acid or food grade diatomaceous earth.

Tonight I found a snake in my home. A juvie one. Better than bugs! I scooped him up and took him outside.
What kind of snake?
post #11 of 17
I am going to keep an eye out for earwigs this year (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefRY4P...com/earwig.htm) because it has been so moist this winter and then of course the Roly-Poly/ Pill Bug/ Sow Bug (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefPj4P.../pages/130.htm).
post #12 of 17
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What kind of snake?
Garter, harmless lil thing.
post #13 of 17
We still have oodles of snow but this weekend there was a whole surge of ants coming in by my sliding door. I put some diatomaceous earth around the baseboards and the area where they were coming in and within an hour the ants were gone. I've left the DE there and will leave it for a few days before vacuuming. Maybe if we're lucky the kitties will have a little nibble to clean out their systems.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
yeah, must be the time of year for them - i've seen 2 in the last week.
Firefox is very interested in them!
Our cats are lazy about them this time around. Last house had some bugs, but the cats pretty much took care of them. Whitey found one yesterday and was barely touching it.

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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
Seal up cracks. Spray around the outside of the home 2x per year. Inside the home use boric acid or food grade diatomaceous earth.

Tonight I found a snake in my home. A juvie one. Better than bugs! I scooped him up and took him outside.
EEEKKK!! I'd rather deal with bugs than a snake...I so would have freaked out!

Thanks for the boric acid suggestion...I was googling about them last night and I guess that's the only thing that kills them.


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just be thankful its not roaches... those things never die, trust me i have tried just about everything cept burnin the house down and starting over.
Amen to that! They'd still survive if the house was burnt

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Originally Posted by MonaxLisa View Post
eek, yucky!
We've still got loads of snow so no bugs yet. Just had to say that I love your signature!!
Thanks!
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Originally Posted by swooshfinn View Post
I am going to keep an eye out for earwigs this year (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefRY4P...com/earwig.htm) because it has been so moist this winter and then of course the Roly-Poly/ Pill Bug/ Sow Bug (http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTefPj4P.../pages/130.htm).
Earwigs I'm definitely not fond of - ew. Roly polys can get gross if there's a lot of them.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
We still have oodles of snow but this weekend there was a whole surge of ants coming in by my sliding door. I put some diatomaceous earth around the baseboards and the area where they were coming in and within an hour the ants were gone. I've left the DE there and will leave it for a few days before vacuuming. Maybe if we're lucky the kitties will have a little nibble to clean out their systems.
Does the DE harm cats? I take it not if you're leaving it around.
post #16 of 17
Ew, silverfish are gross..I got them in my old apartment.

I get house centipedes here sometimes...they are so hideous!

I don't really do anything to make them not come because its not really a problem. The only thing I have had around is ant traps just in case they come back.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Does the DE harm cats? I take it not if you're leaving it around.
it doesn't hurt them if it's the food grade DE. i have some i used for the flies last summer - really helped. [kills the maggots!]. you must be sure to get food grade, tho, not the kind used in pools.
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