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Old 05-07-2009, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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KLeigh, I'll join in with you with my irrational fear of bugs but not mice or snakes. Those long legged flying things we get at this time of year completely creep me out and the other night a giant beetle flew in the house and I ran (while screaming like a girl) to hide in the laundry room while DH and the kids tracked and killed nasty bugger. ACK!!!!! However, I am the family mouse catcher and I love the snakes we have around (I figure the more snakes the less chance I'll have to worry about a mouse, lol).

...We actually get more of those little green lizards in the house than bugs....I just pick them up by the tail and put them back outside.

If I were you, I'd have the house treated before you move in and then see from there. You may be surprised that you don't need regular treatment in the house. Good luck, and welcome!!
Eeewww! I know those long-legged flying daddy longlegs things you're talking about (are those mayflies?). I have terrible flashbacks of an old college friend chasing me around with one he caught, because he knew I'm scared of them. Yuck!
And I also love lizards! I haven't seen many of those little guys around here, but they are so cute!

Thanks, everyone--I'm getting some great input!
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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"But yeah, if I see a bug that my husband doesn't immediately kill, then I will not be able to sleep knowing that it's hiding somewhere waiting for me to sleep so it can lay eggs in my ear (haha I know that won't REALLY happen, but I still can't get that image out of my head! It's my biggest irrational fear!)."

I am SO not going to sleep tonight. Maybe not ever again.
Thanks for that.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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you can use boric acid (a powder - you can get it at Walmart, in the first aid section & I think in the camping section also). just sprinkle it along the baseboards & perhaps in your dish cupboards.

for slugs/snails, you can use diatomaceous earth. good luck finding it. it's used in pool filters (old fashioned kind) & this is an off label use. i've 'heard' of it being repackaged for pesticide use but i haven't found it nor have i looked very hard.

it's non-toxic, however it isn't safe to get into your mucous membranes, such as your nose/eyes. it is tiny crushed prehistoric skeletons that cut up the surface membranes of slugs/snails, causing their inevitable death.

it isn't something your dog will be tempted to eat & die. nor your cat. it could look like sugar to a kid. i mix it into the soil where the creatures lay their eggs. you an also sprinkle it on a plant.

kate
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Old 09-05-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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Why not just buy it in the pesticide section?? It's the active ingredient in things like Roach Pruf, etc. It won't help with spiders but it's effective against roaches, ants, silverfish and a few other pests.

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you can use boric acid (a powder - you can get it at Walmart, in the first aid section & I think in the camping section also).
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