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What's the worst pest infestations you've had in your household? I'm starting to go a little batty from just how unsanitary my household is.

The house I grew up in (and still reside in most of the time) is an early 20th century brick house. Most of the windows and doors are old and because of their nonstandard openings they're hard to replace. Some of the interior finish work needs repaired/replaced the foundations are solid but cracked in places, and the brick itself is in need of tuckpointing.

Basically, everything has holes in it, and although my dad is a contractor he (well, we) have a bad habit of worrying more about other people's houses more than our own.

I remember we used to get ladybug infestations annually. They aren't really troublesome but they are unsightly. I remember waking up one morning and seeing a huge orgy of them on the ceiling above me. We always get roaches and centipedes in the house as well, probably through the basement. As a kid, it used to scare the shit out of me to find them in my bed with me.

Then there was that one year where bees created a hive somewhere inside the brickwork by my bedroom walls. We couldn't tell where the hive was or how big it was, so we just stood by the opening they were using with a blow torch and killed anything that moved. The yard was littered with hundreds of dead bees by the end of the day. If they were Aficanized we would've been fucked.

Oh, and of course there's the ants. They come in through the window and door cracks and somehow manage to get EVERYWHERE. Kitchen, bathroom, asinine locations around the house, your own body...
Not to mention they get in the sugar and salt containers and can't get back out. I use them anyway. If I refused to eat food that potentially had dead insects in it I would starve. Luckily they're easily controlled with toxic ant traps, since the dumb bastards are so social.

But the worst of them all...the epitome of my frustrations...is the Gnats.
Yes, Gnats. They reproduce like fucking rabbits, if rabbits produced hundreds of larvae. They're small, stupid, and have no volition to survive; they WILL crawl on the food you are about to eat and there is nothing you can do about it. I've been swatting at them as I've been typing this. The house smells like Raid and I'm pissed.
Posted 8/3/14 , edited 8/3/14
ouch xD.
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TERMITES

FUCK EM
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Mice.

I can't get over them. They scare me
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Bed bugs.
We got rid of all of our beds and other furniture. Clothes had to be washed like 5 times and the house had to be fumigated.
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24 / M / Iowa >.>
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Gnats and ants.... burn in the fiery depths of hell
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Little black ants... We used Combat bait on the little bastards and they haven't been back.... They show up every other year or so.

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While I don't have any out of the norm pest infestations in the house I live in now. You may see the occasional spider or two and silverfish pop up from time to time, but that's just about any home. A house I use to live at had a problem with tiny brown spiders and I'm terrified of spiders so yeah it was unpleasant to live there.
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Jews xD
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Brown Widows... everywhere.... paranoia....
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Gnats are the most annoying but spiders are terrifying. I kill spiders with brooms so that I have a good few feet of space to run if needed.
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Head lice, and my god in heavens, it was one of the worst things to ever happen in a family that the Series of Unfortunate Events feels like a parody to. My sister and I both had long hair, my mom, after realizing the quickest way to get rid of them, shaved her head. My sister's was handled by lice shampoo, but mine persisted for 8 months. Eventually, we barraged my head with Cutter insect repellent as a shampoo every other day to kill and remove them, followed by going through my hair with a lice comb. After about 2 weeks of that and bombing the house with foggers, we were finally rid of them. Of course, because karma is a fickle hag, I developed seborrhea of the scalp (basically, my scalp kind of peels off and itches like mad). It is chronic, though not contagious, but really weird because I liked wearing black a lot until my scalp became part of my wardrobe.
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Posted 8/3/14 , edited 8/4/14
Fruit flies, drywood termites, rice weevils, and lovebugs.

The fruit fly infestation is most recent. They've ruined my fermenting apple cider vinegar twice, try and get at my grain kefir and cheeses, and swarm around the vegetable, fruit, and eggshell scraps that I reserve for composting. I now have fermenting crocks to work with, so my next batch of vinegar should be fine, am now utilizing extra precautions to protect the kefir and cheeses, have a few vinegar traps, and now use my scrap bowl as a trap; I wait for them to congregate in the bowl, cover it with a plate, take it outside, and then uncover right before I dump the contents into the composter.

Termites. Happened to my last home. Caught them before they spread too far, fortunately. Nonetheless, we ended up replacing moldings and a few small sections of the wall, and quite a bit of money was spent on poisons.

The rice weevils were horrendous. One bag of rice set off a "plague" that lasted several years, and didn't dissipate until our last move. Ugh. Those little bastards were persistent. It wasn't unusual to find that they somehow weaseled their way into sealed plastic bags.

Lovebugs. Just... No. They were blown upstate by Katrina, and lasted several weeks. They swarmed in droves, and died in droves. It was a common sight to see them blanketing windows and doors. Once again this happened prior to my last move.
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Posted 8/3/14 , edited 8/4/14
I did have bats in my garage for a while. It was just a family of 3 or 4, I think. It wasn't so bad, but it was a little intimidating going out into the garage to get something. They were so cute, but they were not afraid to fly straight into my face in defense.

Fruit flies continue to be the worst. I finally got rid of them, I think. xD And last summer, we had a spider hatch eggs in our basement and there were baby spiders everywhere. Mostly in my room, inconveniently. Once again, so cute, but they weren't afraid to land on my face or somethin'.
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Posted 8/4/14
Ants. Especially during the summer time. Like they will randomly start to show up out of nowhere even if there isn't any signs of crumble of food around. Just when I think I found the hole they're coming from and spray it with those toxic ant killers, they find some other hole to come out of. It's annoying. And they randomly crawling on my arms as well.
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