@mcanavino if you spray the trail/path they are using with some bifenthrin the ants using it will die pretty quick. I prefer an oil based one around the whole exterior once a year. Easy to do and kills everything coming in in the first place so no one gets to set up shop. But I have been lazy before and a friends kid left food around. It still stopped them once I did it even though they had full on supply lines going. Just took a bit
I spray the perimeter of the house. And soffits. Which keeps the ants from setting up a colony and the wasps from building nests. I need to get that done asap. Cause the wasps are around.
If the scouts never come home the rest don’t follow. The ants are not always after food YOU leave around. Sometimes your house is just the ideal host. I prefer a full on dead zone and they can get to whatever in the yard/woods
@Limewater I have been using the same bottle of bifen xt concentrate for years which I mix up In a 2 gallon sprayer. The oil based seems to work the whole season for perimeter control. There is a water based option bifen it. The insecticide is the same as ortho max defense. Just way cheaper.
I do a foot out on the perimeter and like a foot up the wall/siding. Then around windows/doors and soffits/places I know the wasps hang out. They get around the ceiling fan in the deck. Usually a week after the wasps aren’t around anymore. Seems to kill everything which I’m ok with since it’s just right at the house and bees would have no reason to land on those spots.
About 10 years ago I got pantry months from a box of pasta I brought into my house and it was a total nightmare. Never again. That was the biggest cleaning job I’ve ever done. I still keep those pantry moth traps in all my cabinets. I also tape bay leafs to shelf’s bc they hate the smell. Never again, total nightmare.
There’s a couple I use either safer brand from ace hardware or dr. Killigans. All can be bought on Amazon just type in pantry moth trap. But there’s a lot more to getting rid of them than just putting up the traps. I researched it a lot. All the traps do is kill the males so they can’t reproduce but they lay larva in food products and crevice in cupboards so you really have to find the nest. Here’s what I did. I bombed (with a fogger for bugs) my house to kill any live ones. Then the next day I went thew all the pantry food and spices in the entire house one by one and looked and for any sign of infestation (cobwebs, larva carcasses, or live larva) tossed anything that was open like flour, pasta, rice, stuff that live and feed in. After that I mixed up a combination of borax (they hate borax it dries them out) vinegar and bleach and wiped down ever box, ever can, everything. You also have clean and wipe down underneath the cabinets and on top of them. I found them starting to make nest underneath the crown molding of our cabinets. Also if your cabinets have the holes for adjustable shelving first you have to vacuum each and and every hole then take a toothpick and thoroughly clean every hole bc that’s a major nesting spot too.
After I was finished cleaning I taped bay leaves to all the cabinets and then put the pantry moth traps in (The pantry Mas only last about three months whatever attracts the moss is what I asked only three months) I got a few moths for a couple after but it’s been about 10 years and haven’t had a problem since. I still keep changing the pantry moths traps just to make sure I don’t have a problem bc it was the biggest nightmare ever but I’ve been problem free. Knock on wood. Also make sure you seal up you flour, rice, pasta, ect. And don’t bring expired foods into your house. Good luck.
Cicadas. We’ve had a few manage their way through the door and they just kind of randomly whack into things and they are huge. Luckily they’ve never gotten past the kitchen so I can smack them with a broom back out the door. But my daughter runs and hides and makes me deal with them.
I also have a strong hatred for June bugs. They also run into everything and you just hear their beetle shells make noise when they hit something.
I own electric flyswatters. Because if they come in my house they will die. I’ve killed hornets with it, they take a few hits. Or a good hit to knock them out of the air and then stomp.
@edguyver14 If there is a flea in the house, it will find me. However, I have found a natural repellent for fleas in the yard. Fire ants eat the flea larva and just about ever other thing that crosses their path. You just have to remember where the fire ant mound is and avoid it but that’s about the only thing that fire ants are good for.
@edguyver14@ironcheftoni Of the various things that have gotten into our house, fleas were probably the worst and the biggest pain to get rid of. It’s painstaking and you really HAVE to get rid of them.
Termites, when your second floor suddenly is in your basement. Scorpions, any time. Roaches any time. Ants, centipedes, spiders, and other assorted creepy crawlers and flying bugs too, such as house flies and worst of all sewer flies (you’ve got a dry drain trap somewhere). The KGB and that mysterious FBI surveillance van, your Wi-Fi keeps finding. Weevils in the flour and corn meal aren’t exactly welcome either. I usually remove the weevils in flour by sifting them out, rather than throwing the flour out, btw, since you are going to bake or cook it anyway as a rule. Rude, impertinent bunny rabs in your carrot patch, who wiggle their ears and say, “Eh, what’s up, Doc?”
definitely the house centipede. they move fast, they’re huge, you can’t tell which end is which, and they’re drawn to water which means they’ll do creepy shit like appear out of the shower drain. it’s the only bug that’ll make me scream for somebody else to come deal with it. idk, these bugs just freak me tf out.
of course, this is the worst critter for me based on all the critters i’ve personally seen in various apartments i’ve lived in. obv there would be worse ones to find based on stuff like needing to call pest control, structural damage, ruined food, physical harm to one’s person, etc.
i think bedbugs are the most terrifying to me in theory.
@jerk_nugget On the other hand, centipedes are brilliant predators. Each one of those monsters has consumed several times its own body weight of spiders, crickets, silverfish, roaches, whatever couldn’t get out of its way.
Not sure if that’s comforting or horrifying.
Any bug that is indoors. All bugs should be living outdoors!!! The cats play with them and kill a lot of them, and eat many of them - but not roaches. They kill them and leave them. About 6 or 7 years ago I woke up in the middle of the night to a cat playing on my bed, jumping off, jumping back on, playing, jumping off, etc. Turned on the light. She was picking up a roach in her mouth, putting it on my bed to play with it until it fell off, would jump off to catch it again and bring it back up on my bed to play with it. GROSS! I opened the window, slid up the screen, picked up the roach and tossed it out the window. The cat was not happy with me. I’d also find decapitated grasshoppers and crickets around the house. They’d only eat the heads. And I once found two either lizard or frog rear legs. I presume the rest of the creature was consumed.
@Koolhandjoe I watched that video because how could you not, and he explained his reason for getting stung by insects- working his way up to getting stung by a bullet ant. Because that is totally a rational explanation. He says the bullet ant is number one. I think the screams were louder with the tarantula hawk were louder but whatever.
@sammydog01 I agree about the louder screams… both would totally suck to get stung by… but I think the Tarantula Hawk looks way more menacing… but if America was ever invaded by the Tarantula Hawks our only defense would be the Elon Musk and his AI army of self driving flame throwers
Some 6-legged creatures can die painful deaths as I watch with glee, but ALL 8+ legged creatures require fire/napalm.
And mosquitoes need to be extinct. There are scientists trying to do this.
(There are also some scientists trying to extract dinosaur dna from mosquitoes trapped in amber millions of years ago. That never works out well. But Bryce Dallas Howard can be entertaining to watch.)
Edit: where the fuck do silverfish hide? I thought they were damp basement dwellers, like my brother, but I see them on “dry” bathroom ceilings, walls, tubs. I don’t wanna go into the attic to check the exhaust fan systems, because if I look I’m sure I’ll find emotionally scarring work that I need to do.