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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Coffee grinds work well at repelling slugs and snails, I use it to mulch around all my veg.

    don't let pets eat slugs and snails, they are vectors for lungworm which is not nice :/
    Also remember that its important to break the cycle of flea reproduction around your pets as they are vectors for tapeworm, its one reason why we push owners to keep up to date with flea and worm treatments, and to use multi faceted treatments ( environmental cleaning not just animal treatment).

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    I had a friend use peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle to get rid of a lot of bugs. I guess they hate peppermint. She said she could watch them running away from it.
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Most pests also hate lavender. Generally, a lot of herbs that are pleasant to us are repulsive to insects and small mammals.

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Feral cats. I have a lovely bird habitat in the back yard, and they climb the chain link fence and hunt. There are 3 who were born last year, and one of those had kittens this year. Those haven't come in my yard yet but they will when they're old enough. The city here does nothing about cats, there are no rescues who will come trap them, and I just want them to stay off my property. I've tried lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, some sulphur-smelling granules I bought, fox urine, cayenne pepper, and a battery-powered gizmo that makes a sound that should scare them (sent that back for a refund).

    They just lie in a pile of all of the above LOL. I really don't want to shoot them but it's at that point. They are going to multiply exponentially. Does anyone know anything that will REALLY work, without hurting the birds or costing a small fortune??

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkfeathers View Post
    Feral cats. I have a lovely bird habitat in the back yard, and they climb the chain link fence and hunt. There are 3 who were born last year, and one of those had kittens this year. Those haven't come in my yard yet but they will when they're old enough. The city here does nothing about cats, there are no rescues who will come trap them, and I just want them to stay off my property. I've tried lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, some sulphur-smelling granules I bought, fox urine, cayenne pepper, and a battery-powered gizmo that makes a sound that should scare them (sent that back for a refund).
    Have you tried a motion-senor sprinkler?

    (or, you could try getting a coyote )*


    *I joke, but I'm sort of serious...coyotes are good to deal with feral cats (from people that feed them), the Canada goose overpopulation problem (from people that feed them), plus they take care of mice and rats. But, they'd probably also be a nuisance for the birds too. Less so than the cats, I would think, because its a different type of hunting...but still a potential problem once they cleared out the cats, the geese, etc.
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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    There are coyotes around, but not close enough. I might try a sprinkler. There's one cat in particular who seems to have given up his brain for pizza toppings long ago. He runs after birds in the air( Lol , hilarious to watch) and keeps coming back in the yard after he's been chased. I don't want to do razor wire or electric fencing. But I might......

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    I'll ask for my mom, because I think she might really like to have fruit trees, but racoons are a problem.

    Anyone know how to keep raccoons out of the yard? She tried those motion sensor sprinklers. They're great for a lot of animals, but racoons are really smart. When something scares them once, it doesn't seem to scare them a second time.

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    Here are some tips I know of...
    Diatomaceous earth is great for all kinds of insect pests like ant, bed bugs, fleas etc:
    http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

    For worms and things on fruit trees, there is a biodynamic preparation using 33% clay, 33% cow manure, 33% sand. You mix it into a stiff slurry and apply it thickly in late winter to the entire trunk of the tree up to the lower branches. It fertilises the tree, it seals in insect larvae and boring insects so they die, and it confuses crawling insects that are expecting the smell and texture of wood.

    For tree nibblers like deer, mice, goats etc, there is a preparation made from bones you can apply and it lasts about 10 years:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4xVKVc4NYQ

    Hope someone finds this useful :-)

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    I've got bed bugs and so does half the city here in Louisville.

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    Re: Getting rid of household pests...

    So... I saw a mouse run through the ceiling rafters in my basement, then heard it run down the back wall of the basement. I know hope it was a mouse (white/light grey underbelly, probably about 3 inches long). I've never seen droppings, footprints, or any other evidence that we've had mice in the house and I'm hoping it's just a single mouse whose found a warm space from the frigid outdoor temperatures. But realistically... I know that mice breed like... mice.

    I've set a trap near where I believe it's coming out from the wall upstairs, but I doubt one trap will do the trick. I'll have to pick up some more.

    What gets to me is that there have been no signs of mice, we don't leave food lying out or anything, and what I'm really afraid of is it getting into my hedgehog's cage (because we do leave food out for the hedgehog, naturally). I don't really want to find out who would win in a fight, my hedgehog or a mouse. So does anyone have any tips, insights, experiences regarding getting rid of mice?

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