Repelling invasions of Argentine ants.

In California, we periodically have problems with armies of Argentine ants invading houses at certain times of the year.  It doesn't matter how clean you keep your house or how carefully you maintain it, they'll still find a way in.  They're quite small and routinely squeeze through cracks less than 1mm in size, which is roughly the size of the gap between a baseboard and floor in most homes out here.  They invade (and I use that word carefully) in extremely large numbers, often in the hundreds; often your first sign is an inch-wide column of ants marching down a …

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Thought for the evening.

House centipedes have ninja-like powers of escape and evasion. The moment you go to squish one, they suddenly let go of whatever surface they happen to be clinging to and drop to the ground. This is why you never want to stand directly under one if it's on the ceiling.

The best thing you can do if you really want to take one out is to get it to fall into an open space and then hit it from above before it can scurry for covere.

Oddly enough, it takes just a few drops of water to incapacitate them, which …

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