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If I read your question right, you want to use the gecko to clean up the poisoned roaches? You'll just end up with a poisoned gecko that way. But either way, a free-roaming gecko isn't going to make a dent in your roach problem, because roaches go out of their way to live and breed in places that predators can't reach, and to be honest the population is ...


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Snakes are extremely beneficial to have around, as they are very effective in keeping down vermin populations. However, there are many species that will quite happily eat eggs, hatchling chicks, or even full-grown chickens if the snake is large enough. I'm not an advocate of killing snakes, even poisonous ones. There are some nonlethal steps you can take ...


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Honestly, for your plan to work, your house would need to be infested with geckos, then you'd be looking at something that eats geckos, something that eats the animals that eats geckos. Etc. Your best option is to cut off the roaches food supply. Clean the area that you're finding roaches with a burning passion. Then, seal off any cracks you can see. ...


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This isn't the answer that you're looking for, but the best way to prevent secondary poisioning from rodenticides is to keep your cats indoors. Keeping your cats indoors protects against MANY problems that can make your cat sick or die! Cats who are either part-time or full-time allowed to roam outdoors alone face the following risks: Disease (feline ...


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Throw it out. I think the bigger problem is getting rid of the ants in your house, the ants in the cat's food are only a symptom of this root issue. Ants are attracted to food smells, so try putting the (new!) food in an airtight container like a freezer-bag or a plastic container. That will also help the food to stay fresher.


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When you need to leave food out for longer periods of time, you can put the food bowl in a pan of water so that the ants can't reach it. Of course the pan should be small enough that the cats can eat without getting their paws wet. The easiest way to get rid of the ants is to remove their food source, which you have done. In addition, you could inject some ...


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This would be harmful to your gecko. For a start, the cockroaches are probably too big for the gecko to safely eat. You should never feed your gecko any animal that's bigger than the space between its eyes. (Ones that are long and thin, like mealworms, are fine - as long as they're not wider than that space - otherwise it risks choking on something that's ...


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I'd simply buy a live trap that won't kill the mouse. There are many different makes available, but in general it should be impossible for your cat to get hurt by them. As an added bonus, once trapped, the mouse will be isolated, i.e. making it impossible for your cat to eat the mouse. Just for clarification: Do not use poison in a live trap. The cat ...


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This is a tough one, because you haven't been given a lot of time. Most likely, the bug bombs will be using some combination of pyrethrins or pyrhethroids, which are some of the most common insecticides around. Unfortunately, these are also toxic to fish, so you're right to take action to protect them. Ideally, your landlord would have given you a bit more ...


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Diatomaceous Earth is generally safe. The concerns with DE are that it can cause skin and lung irritation if the animal (or human) experiences prolonged exposure (for example, if you dust your house in DE and don't clean it up, or leave it in the pet bed for a month). The lung irritation from DE is generally not persistant, but I would be sure to protect my ...


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(After calling an avian vet to double check) Yes, the bird should be removed from the premises for at least 24 hours if possible. Upon returning, all surfaces that the bird regularly comes in contact with should be wiped down. If it is not possible to remove the bird from the apartment, keep it as far away from the treatment area as possible in a well-...


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If your main priority is safety, one of the safest insecticides is a laundry detergent called Borax. It's carried by most grocery stores. It's often used as a wood treatment in crawlspaces, because it kills and repels both insects and mold [for example, see: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/CH10132.htm]. (The "secret" wood treatment used by termite and ...


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My partner had a similar problem with a bird enclosure and a local company recommended she use a fairly heavy mesh that worked well and solved the problem. The following Garden Zone 403010 1/2" x 1" Mesh 16-Gauge Galvanized Wire Fence available on Amazon looks pretty similar. It was fairly tedious but I left a little overlap on the inside and tacked the wire ...


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Not sure about fleas, but it could well repel other humans – which might also be a good thing... In all seriousness, I would consider it unlikely for this to be effective on the basis that cat and dog fleas, while not host specific, do not like to live on humans. Certainly they can bite humans and cause reactions in humans, but if garlic were to deter fleas, ...


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In the US, modern plumbing has a trap. A small amount of water stays in the trap to prevent sewer gases from entering the building. If a flea is washed down the drain but doesn't get pushed all of the way into the sewer, it will hang out in this water pool, and thus, will never get dried out to revive. Sometimes the traps of infrequently used drains will ...


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This is a difficult question. You are 14 and do not have parental approval to bring a pet into your home. A rescue or shelter is not option in your area. The little bugs are probably fleas, you can learn about flea control at A stray dog has fleas. Any way to help remove them? & How can I get rid of fleas without dangerous chemicals? some of the more ...


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Yes and No. Revolution (Selamectin) controls tick infestations only due to the American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis), a tick commonly found on dogs. There are other common species of ticks that are not killed or controlled by REVOLUTION. Your veterinarian can recommend appropriate products to control or kill ticks common to your area. Source But... ...


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In my experience kuhli loach is not effective in any way at removing snails from a fish tank, no matter the number of loaches you have they will not remove the snails (even if you stop feeding the kuhli loaches in your tank, they will not eat the snails; please believe me on this, I have tried this by accident). The solution you want for removing snails from ...


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As far as I know, dragon-fly larvae feed with mosquito larvae, and dragon-fly adults feed with adult mosquitoes. Now, where do you get the dragon-flies from, is another question, which I cannot answer. Also, I cannot tell if you enjoy seeing dragon-flies around. Personally, I am kind of fascinated by them, I would have no problem having them in my pond- ...


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Get a second cat. Cats do not like change, and that includes moving them to a new place outside their known territory. Taking your farm cat to your house may not be productive since she will need days (at a minimum) to overcome the shock, explore the new territory and figure out where the food is. If she doesn’t find the mice immediately and you aren’t ...


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Here in south west Nigeria, I have lost so many turkeys brooding over their eggs as a result of snake attack. What I do now is to clear the surroundings of the nest and use a 6 yard (around 5.48 m) length of mosquito net to make a peg-suspended fence around the nest, making sure no openings are left. With a door to allow the hen food and water, I close it up ...


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Fleas are attracted to heat; that is how they sense potential animals to jump on and bite. One way to detect/remove fleas from an empty room, including fleas that haven't yet hatched, is to set up a lamp (heat source) just above a pan filled with soapy water. The fleas will jump toward the lamp and land in the water where they will drown. Examine the pan ...


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As the previous answer says you can buy live traps. They have them at many home improvement stores like this one at Lowes. They sell in many "no kill" or "pet safe" formats. Ive even seen a poison trap where the mouse gets poisoned inside the trap so it is still "pet safe" because the poison is not exposed to the animal. If these get to be expensive I am ...


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If you have a bad ant infestation, you need to call an exterminator to come out and treat the inside and outside of your house. Most of the chemicals will be pet safe after a certain amount of time. You can just take your dog and spend the day somewhere else. If you have areas you really think the pet will get into on a regular basis, like around their food ...


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Yes germicidal bleach will kill flea eggs on hard surfaces and in laundry, but the trick with hard surfaces is getting into the nooks and crannies where you can't see. If you have tested a small amount on the hard surfaces first, you may want to consider doing a soaking.. to let it sit and seep into cracks. When using it in laundry use co!Or safe bleach ...


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This post is several years old but I will update it to add that there is now Revolution Plus which includes an additional active ingredient specifically targeting ticks. This might already be common knowledge to many or most pet people but hopefully will help anyone searching this information.


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Any small fish except possibly goldfish/Koi. My Koi are confirmed vegetarians, never make any attempt to eat fish of any size. Guppies and gambusia are also called "mosquito fish" because of their appetite for larvae. I would prefer livebearers, anyone will do: swordtails, platys, mollies, whatever is on sale. These fish like warmer temperatures, ...


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Ancylostoma caninum is a type of parasite commonly known as hookworm. To understand how to get rid of them, we first need to understand their life cycle. Adult male and female hookworms mate in the dog’s intestine. The female worm then produces a large number of eggs per day (FIGURE 1B), which are shed in the feces into the environment. When shed, these ...


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A very common thought that will come to mind when dealing with unwanted wild rodents in your dwelling are the very popular warfarin-like rodenticides (i.e. Rattax). Although I disagree a bit, but can't find my official sources to back me up, the concern about secondary poisoning for your cats are raised by the public. Although not cats so much, the biggest ...


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Ants got into a fairly new $50 bag of prescription food, and I'm in no financial position at this time to throw it out. I immediately poured the food into a zip loc bag, which killed the ants (avalanche!). I was not about to pick out every ant carcass from 6-7 lbs. of food! Colander wouldn't work completely since the ants were sticking to the food and to ...


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