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    esxman
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        Now the rain has come , we seem to be inundated with stink worms, they crawl in under the door, and congregate up the walls.Daily harvesting does’nt seem to reduce their numbers.Anyone know of a way to eliminate them ?.Would love to know how others deal with them.

        p.s. we have cats and a dog , so insecticide is’nt really an option

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        #27063
        MCD
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            Can’t help you with eradicating them………. I just scoop them up and put them outside. I now have an invasion of the tiny bright green shield stink bugs……….. daren’t touch them they really do stink and washing my hands does not get rid of the smell. I spray these with Teza, that seems to kill them off. Give me the worms over the bugs any day!!!!!

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                Neither of these ‘pests’ bother me; my motto is, if they don’t harm me (bite or sting) or harm mine (eat clothing/furniture) then live and let live!

                The stink worms actually make a kind of scroll-like art work on white walls

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                    Take them to your compost heap and make them work for you. If you don’t have one, it seems a good time to start.

                    #27694
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                        I thought I was the only one calling them stink worms since years as i don`t know what they are called.

                        I found two baby stink worms in the basement bedroom last night, where they came from I don`t know but I hate them.

                        I have an old rolled up towel each side of the bottom of the front door to stop any insect coming in. I regularly buy cheap lemon juice in a sqirty bottle and douse the towels with the juice, this seems to work and also vinegar.

                        Best bet is to get a plant spray bottle and fill it with lemon juice, spray the stink worms when you see them.

                        Any acid substance kills these creatures.

                        #27817
                        Binx
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                            To get rid of iffy smells on the hands slice of lemon rubbed in well will do the trick.

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                            Binx
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                                Vaseline or Petrolium Jelly….. I lightly smeared around the doors and windows with it and ALL insects avoid it, handy around the rim of plant pots as it keeps bugs and snails away.

                                Ants were scaling the house walls to get to the roof a short while ago, I smeared Vaseline along the walls and the ants avoided going near it, also it is water proof.

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                                    You could always call me, BUGBUSTERS, specialist in dealing with all sorts of bug and insects, treatment usually takes an hour, after which the property must remain empty for 2 hours and then thats it, any bugs and insects will then be eradicated, safe for your pets too, for further information
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                                        776D627768707174180 wrote: Now the rain has come , we seem to be inundated with stink worms, they crawl in under the door, and congregate up the walls.Daily harvesting does’nt seem to reduce their numbers.Anyone know of a way to eliminate them ?.Would love to know how others deal with them

                                        Do you not mean the black Millipedes which come inside when it rains?

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                                        Carolinec
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                                            I second Bugbusters…..easiest and quickest way to get rid of them all. Had my house done a year ago year, Mark said would last about 6 months but reckon have done better than that.

                                            But as the weather changes, the bugs and flies are starting to reappear so will be arranging another de-bug fest with Mark soon.

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                                                I tried the Vaseline trick , but couldnt get back in the house, the door handle was too slippery!!
                                                Seriously , their correct name is "cylindrical centipedes of the Julidae order " .Seems like an annual event.I thought it was because they liked the membrane and gravel we put down , but people with earth say they are inundated with them .

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                                                    Showing your age with the Vaseline on the door handle, esxman….the old jokes are the best  ;)

                                                    I too find the stink worms (Centipedes) rather creepy, if you will forgive the pun, but find it really is easy enough to sweep them up with a dustpan and brush. They roll into a ball very conveniently, and I just chuck them outside away from the house.

                                                    It does make you wonder how they manage to get into the house despite aluminium double glazing, mosquito blinds etc., however. I always seem to find the odd dried up little corpse when I clean under the beds.  :-/

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                                                    Binx
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                                                        A rat catcher once said in an article he wrote, if you can poke a biro through a ole then a mouse can easily go through the hold.

                                                        The stink worms used to congregate around the door and window frames, tiny vents are at the bottom so they would get through them, I have since blocked them up with clear silicone.

                                                        Another pest is these long legged ginger creatures, they run so fast they scare me. About an inch or so long, they are usually night runners and appear on the walls.

                                                        I was told the creatures here get indoors via the plastic casings on wires and pipes, I have since smeared the casings on the outside edges with silicone in the boiler room.

                                                        The little drain vents you have in bathrooms on the floors , get fine netting , usually sold in the markets amongst the materials, the netting is very fine , so I cut a piece and put it over the vent holes and replace the cover.

                                                        Every night I squirt lemon juice into the over flow holes in sinks and down the plug holes. I caught a stink worm coming out of one once in the shower room, also these ginger scary insects many times. The lemon juice works well.

                                                        In your kitchen cupboards this time of year, you will see weevils, tiny dot things but they will invade as they love wood.

                                                        Every month I do a kitchen wipe through, everything out and wash the shelves with mix of lemon juice and hot water. good tip…. crush bay leaves and place in a dish in cupboards, this will deter any insects, and keep all flour and any items opened in containers.

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                                                            I am intrigued Binx, long legged ginger things? Or are they Cockroaches, yuk!!?

                                                            Any photographic clues as to their appearance?

                                                            Kathleen

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                                                                Why don’t you see them during the rest of the year? Isn’t there a way of finding the source-their ‘nests’ so to speak ,
                                                                and maybe try to kill them before they invade the house? Or are there just too many of them? I saw them when we came out last octiber and there were hundreds dead in the pool! Do they disappear by November?

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                                                                MCD
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                                                                    Long legged ginger things must be cockroaches. A good spray with Teza does the trick.

                                                                    Anyone else plagued with these green stink bugs? Now they are really grim……………….

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                                                                        No chance of getting a photo of the ginger horrid many leg things , they run like hell.

                                                                        Pity you can`t get Jayes fluid here, that all over the garden is very good.

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                                                                            Put the crockery etc away, open internal doors, close windows and vents, light a pesticide smoke bomb (available in decent farmers’ shops) and treat yourself to a nice meal out. When you come back, all fauna will be dead.
                                                                            P.s. remember to put the cat out.

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                                                                            Binx
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                                                                                Can`t use them due to hubbys asthma problem.

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                                                                                    This is a picture of cockroaches. If you want more, then Google ‘pictures of cockroaches’………….. I don’t believe the size of some of them……….. not nice.

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