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Have you ever had problems with bugs in your home?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 25, 2008

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“We have an abundance of lady bugs, but we’re counting them as good luck.”

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“Yeah, silverfish, crickets, spiders and other things that fly in.”

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“Ants. This time of year they like to creep in through the cracks and find their way inside.”

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“I’ve had some ant issues. I try to keep it as nontoxic as possible because of my cats, so I tried the all-natural approach and vacuumed them all up in their little marching lines.”

Comments

classclown 5 years, 12 months ago

I misread this at first. Thought it said bums.

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cool 5 years, 12 months ago

whew !i thought this story was about when i worked for a presidential candidateand wondered if my house was bugged.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 12 months ago

LOL.I've found that whenever someone posts something that may not quite be regular or out of context..it should be googled.(rolling eyes and laughing at this bunch of can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em clowns!)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years ago

T_O_B,Check out "The Church of the SubGenius"It may be the church for you...

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The_Original_Bob 6 years ago

MD - I thought it was something One More Bob invented 3 or 4 years ago. I never once thought of googling it."The prairie squid provides the most intense sexual experience known to man, but it must be debeaked in order to be enjoyed safely. The process takes mere moments, and the squid suffers no lasting harm, as the beak regrows in a matter of weeks. However, if one is bitten during the process, the only cure for the deadly venom is the semen of the humming face-fcking bat."

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

T_O_B!!!!!!!!!!!I should have known..you geekmeister! {8-] http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Squid

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

okay, great, now I have to go find out what a prairie squid is.(mumbles..live here all my damned life and I don't know this stuff..grumble grumble)

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sunflower_sue 6 years ago

Ah ha! So it's the prairie squid that are leaving those giant slug tracks...

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Multidisciplinary 6 years ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (Anonymous) says: blue,Think of it this way:Termites are capable of producing up to two liters of hydrogen from fermenting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors. You are sitting on a potential gold mine. Just convert the Escape to hydrogen and you never have to shell out another cent for fossil fuel.--------------------R_I just climbed to the top of the nerd mound. Impressive on a bug site. =D____its_getting_warmer (Anonymous) says: Sugar. I need sugar:::___warmer should get points for that one LOL.

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autie 6 years ago

I can live in harmony with most of the stuff mentioned..snakes don't bother me at all. However, I do live in an old, old house with brown relcuse..My old waterbed was a wonderful place..underneath the pedestal..Ouch. I have been bitten three times..always in the middle of the night when I roll over on them. Got rid of the bed and I haven't seen one since..but my wife went on a major crusude to recapture our holy land from the spiders..An old man once told me that the only way to rid yourself of the brown recluse..burn your house to the ground. Thinking that might be a bit radical..a major deep cleaning with lots of chemicals was in order. Plus, I can tell my grandkids that those scars are bullet wounds from the civil war.

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sgtwolverine 6 years ago

Bonus points for use of the word "belfry."

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prospector 6 years ago

No, but I have bats in the belfry.

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Deja Coffin 6 years ago

Oh my goodness JJE007, I think I've had that same kind of infestation. Did he also eat the last of everything and then play Playstation for like 8 hours at a time?

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JJE007 6 years ago

There was a guy with whom I sharet apartment. Hees nam wass Greg...turned into giant caterpillar. Bummer for me. He then paid no rent and was verry messy.

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its_getting_warmer 6 years ago

Sugar. I need sugar.........

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sgtwolverine 6 years ago

I sleep in the basement of an old farmhouse, and the miniature wildlife and I have an agreement: if they don't invade my bed, I'll leave them alone. Only once has a spider broken the agreement, and he paid for it; otherwise, they haven't bothered me, and I haven't bothered them.

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acg 6 years ago

No, they're not wolf spiders. We get wolf spiders and those freak me out, too. I don't care for the fact that they're hairy. For some reason a hairy spider is just creepier to me than a smooth one. When we first moved here, my aunt told me about the recluses and she showed me the fiddle on their back and told me all about how the old timers call them fiddlebacks, etc. to prepare us for living around them so I always check for the markings before I kill it. I know, logically, that they're good for eating other bugs, but so are other spiders. So when I come across a recluse, I kill it. But other spiders get to live and are just taken outside. When we first bought our house, a recluse bit me on my inner thigh (it was in our bed) and that was a very unpleasant experience, not to mention gross.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years ago

Sue -Usually, when you have a trap-door buffalo infestation it is because you have a lot of prairie squid around. Per common knowledge, prairie squid are the TDB's favorite food. Oddly enough, taking care of trap-door buffalo is the same as brown recluses. Prarie squid are attracted to light and just put one of those ACME brand extra large super sticky pads underneath.

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sunflower_sue 6 years ago

Oh, and we have a trap-door buffalo infestation in the yard. We've tried to spray for them but their hooves make it impossible for their body to absorb the toxins. We really don't want to get that close to their dens to fume them for fear we might lose one of the children when we have them place the hose.

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sunflower_sue 6 years ago

ACG, we have the recluse spiders, too. They keep themselves to the basement and have not bitten anyone...yet...so I just let them be. Pretty impossible to kill off but you can put out sticky traps and just sweep up the other insects (as TOB mentioned) that is what they are eating, anyway. No food, they might go away, but more of their food just keeps coming in. Hint: put the sticky traps under a nightlight. It will attact the other bugs which will attract the recluse. Are you sure that the "body the size of a quarter" spiders aren't wolf spiders? They are hairy and get as big as tarantulas. We have those, too, but they pretty much stay outside, although occassionally one will wander in. Creepy!Mostly we have those tiny little ants that wander in in the spring. Terro knocks them out fast. And our garage is full of those nasty Asian beetles. It looks like a scene from "Beloved."

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Deja Coffin 6 years ago

We used to live in an old farmhouse in the country that has been remodeled and we had the biggest brown hairy spiders I'd ever seen. Some had legs the size of the middle parts of Q-tips. Plus we'd always get black snakes in our yard or mud room when they mowed the fields near our house. I felt like a prisoner in that house. To this day I refuse to buy a fixer upper because I'm afraid that it'll be infested with something.

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cool 6 years ago

when i first moved in the house had been on the market for 405 days.Haleys sprayed and we had a genocide of oriental cockroaches all outside which was interesting - they had nested under the sidewalks apparentlyand were not inside but rather outside in huge swarms........under the bricks.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years ago

"We also have a recluse problem." ACGNo such thing as a recluse problem. They eat all the bugs in your house. Recluses are your friends. Don't bother them and they'll be happy. I've said the prior four sentences to my wife for years now and she gives me a look like I'm some sort of blabbering idiot. I assume she would look at Daffy the same way.

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sgtwolverine 6 years ago

Don't worry, R_I: I have a shorcut to tic-tac-toe on my desktop.

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acg 6 years ago

Our son brought home this awful flea-ridden cat last summer and wanted to adopt it. He hid it in the basement for two days and fed it gerbil food and stuff he stole out of the fridge before my husband and I realized that we had this cat. My hubby took the cat to the humane society and our house was infested with fleas. The cat was never even in the upstairs floors but still, the whole house had fleas. I had never seen anything like it, it was crazy how many fleas came off this stupid cat. We bombed three times and then they all went to the basement. We had to cover the entire basement floor with diatamacious earth for a month before it finally killed them all off. I was so aggravated. We also have a recluse problem. And they're huge. I don't know if it's because we live out by the lake, or what, but they're freakishly radiation poisoning big. I have pics of spiders I've taken where the body of the thing is as big as a quarter. It gives me the willies.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

R_I - The "old" '04 Escape is approaching 100K commuter miles. So I checked out gaywheels.com to see what is on their top 10 list. No hydrogen cars nor any hybrids. Gay folks do appear to be interested in cheap cars. But for the love of god why would anyone, gay or straight, want to be seen in a Toyota Yaris? I would almost rather have a Pontiac Aztek. Well, maybe not!

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Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Bugs? No problem. Don't get me started about Daffy, though.

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ChristmasCarol 6 years ago

I don't know about bugs but I have a problem with some nosy pests that seem to think everything I have in my home is something that concerns them. I find that they thumb through my things stole a red T-shirt, A recording of Blondie, a pencil sharpener, painted on my paintings, a tent, and did something really strange to my bike and shoes.I am not sure what kind of bug this is but I went down south for a week or so and they showed up there too. What are these nasty pests?

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The_Original_Bob 6 years ago

Nah, the termites, silverfish, roaches, and I get along real well. No problems.

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OnlyTheOne 6 years ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad (Anonymous) says: She's fighting a land war in Asia.OH NO! I certainly hope this doesn't give Bush more ideas!

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years ago

"so I tried the all-natural approach and vacuumed them all up in their little marching lines"Sorry, but that's a waste of time. She's fighting a land war in Asia.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years ago

blue,Think of it this way...Termites are capable of producing up to two liters of hydrogen from fermenting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet's most efficient bioreactors. You are sitting on a potential gold mine. Just convert the Escape to hydrogen and you never have to shell out another cent for fossil fuel.

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le 6 years ago

The only bugs that concern me are the K.U. girls bring Crabs from their home town into larryville! It don`t matter if ya stand on the seat...cuz them K.U. Crabs can jump 10 feet!

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trinity 6 years ago

cornmeal for ants. works like you wouldn't believe! i just put a teaspoon here&there on my kitchen counters, and within a few days the lil' buggers are gone gone gone. my kids think i'm nuts for having these little cornmeal pyramids-but i don't have any ants! :)lived in an old old house for a long time; bugs were just part of the deal.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years ago

sgt,I have an inkling that the respondents on the street may be getting the benefit of the "back-story" when they are asked the question. Of course some may choose to answer a question about participating in a demolition derby with a story about husband and wife sidecar motorcycle racing.Are you just sweeping for RF and low frequency microwave bugs with a omni-spectral correlator? You should consider adding a high frequency microwave downconverter to your equipment as a lot of the newer bugs are operating in the 3 - 21 ghz range. You still have to worry about those pesky infrared light beam carrier bugs. And then there is the issue of securing your WOPR computer. Just playing a game could be dangerous.

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farmgal 6 years ago

"We have an abundance of lady bugs, but we're counting them as good luck"Those aren't lady bugs. Lady bugs are red with black dots. The orangeish ones are Asian beetles. They don't really "harm" anything inside your house, other than they really bother a lot of people's allergies.

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blue73harley 6 years ago

I've been battling termites for 17 years. The house was treated by a prominent local company and they have been back nearly every year to spot treat. The part that "bugs" me is that they NEVER find the insects. I find them when I am doing some improvement project or or moving stuff around. I am sure they will be swarming again soon.And remember, "environmentally friendly" translated from Latin means "doesn't work". I sure wish Chlorodane was still available!

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Flap Doodle 6 years ago

Volkswagens should be kept outdoors.

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sgtwolverine 6 years ago

Nope. I've never said anything worth listening in on. But I suppose there could be electronic eavesdropping equipment that I haven't yet found...Yeah, I took the obvious route with this question; somebody had to use it. I was actually hoping one of the respondents would misinterpret the question and start talking about electronic eavesdropping, but I guess that was too much to hope for.

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