This Old #%&@*$ House

Block the fireplace from the living space (as you said you aren't blocking the vent at the roof). If the flue is working properly you would be closing it off anyway. Get a CO2 alarm if you have concerns about appliances using the fireplace to vent gas (which would not be up to code at all).

I would also consider putting plastic on the windows. Old windows are terribly drafty.

Ok. Yeah, there's a first-floor gas stove that doesn't have a vent to the outdoors. There's also already a CO alarm above the door to the kitchen, in a spot that would get any CO emissions from the basement or the kitchen. Honestly the whole house is very drafty, and blocking the flue might do absolutely nothing. It just seems like it's worth a shot.

My parents live in a MUCH smaller house than this one and have a gas stove which used to have a hood that vented outdoors, but that got removed during a kitchen renovation, and it was a cost-savings decision. They also have a few CO alarms, none of which have ever gone off just from regular cooking.

Pest question.

We have lived in our house for 9 years (Pacific Northwest) and are directly up against a large forested area. For the last 2-3, we get a TON of these little beetle things (not stink bugs) that glom onto the house, particularly windows, for heat during fall/winter.

They work their way between screen and window and then die. It's disgusting. I have to remove the screen to get rid of the piles (literally) of dead ones and of course new ones are floating around. As soon as the screen goes back up, new ones alight on the screen.

Terminex told me they couldn't do anything about them "because they fly and there's no spray we can put on a nest."

This didn't used to be a problem and I don't know why. My theory is we spray for spiders and maybe that's taken their natural predators out?

We have a backyard garden in limited use so I'm not ultra hyped for a chemical solution BUT if I just knew what could stop this, I might be able to convince Top_Wife we need to let the garden go.

Anybody run into something similar?

Top_Shelf wrote:

Pest question.

We have lived in our house for 9 years (Pacific Northwest) and are directly up against a large forested area. For the last 2-3, we get a TON of these little beetle things (not stink bugs) that glom onto the house, particularly windows, for heat during fall/winter.

They work their way between screen and window and then die. It's disgusting. I have to remove the screen to get rid of the piles (literally) of dead ones and of course new ones are floating around. As soon as the screen goes back up, new ones alight on the screen.

Terminex told me they couldn't do anything about them "because they fly and there's no spray we can put on a nest."

This didn't used to be a problem and I don't know why. My theory is we spray for spiders and maybe that's taken their natural predators out?

We have a backyard garden in limited use so I'm not ultra hyped for a chemical solution BUT if I just knew what could stop this, I might be able to convince Top_Wife we need to let the garden go.

Anybody run into something similar?

Are they Boxelder Bugs?

That's exactly what they are.

I'll talk to our new pest firm (done with Terminex) and see what can be done. May have to replace some screens on windows (pretty sure they're the originals from 2004).

Top_Shelf wrote:

That's exactly what they are.

I'll talk to our new pest firm (done with Terminex) and see what can be done. May have to replace some screens on windows (pretty sure they're the originals from 2004).

Yeah, as a teen in a country house with a lot of oak trees on 1.5 acres, we would get those things like crazy. I feel like they even have showed up in downtown Portland at times. At least they're not destructive. Just annoying and then they die and you have to clean them up.

See, that's what I don't get is where they're coming from. Tons of evergreens around and our neighborhood has cherry blossom trees (or close enough) on each curb but I'm not clear on how many "boxelder" trees or whatever we've got around here.

Anyways, grateful for the link; GWJers are the best!

Top_Shelf wrote:

See, that's what I don't get is where they're coming from. Tons of evergreens around and our neighborhood has cherry blossom trees (or close enough) on each curb but I'm not clear on how many "boxelder" trees or whatever we've got around here.

Anyways, grateful for the link; GWJers are the best! :)

Glad I could relate! In other news, I bought a rat trap today to go in the garage up top storage space despite having a service do a good job of sealing things up. Some rat poop recently showed up. They're gonna come back out on contract in a week, but I need to kill this fresh rat.

Cross posting from the post a quote as an image thread.
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Yeah, know plenty of folks that decided DIY because it's cheaper. And I'm like, "But is it up to code? And how do you know?"

Top_Shelf wrote:

See, that's what I don't get is where they're coming from. Tons of evergreens around and our neighborhood has cherry blossom trees (or close enough) on each curb but I'm not clear on how many "boxelder" trees or whatever we've got around here.

Anyways, grateful for the link; GWJers are the best! :)

I just saw this, so apologies for the coming in lateness.

Cyfluthrin is a great deterrent and eradicator for Boxelder Bugs as well! I worked as a commercial exterminator for a few years and we used a water based cyfluthrin mixture that is safe for humans (under 6 may have a slight issue) and pets (save fish, it will decimate them). When used just let it dry completely, but it is non-carcinogenic, and mammals don't have issue with it.

You can purchase cyfluthrin based products in places that sell pesticides.

60 year old homes suck to remodel.....I'm sure others have even older houses. I have never seen so many half ass and poorly done attempts at remodeling that I have had to fix, bring up to code, or pay someone else to bring up to code. I'll be glad when my upstairs bathroom, interior doors, kitchen(only have backsplash and light fixture to do) and stairwell prettying up are done. Just in time to list it and sell it.....

We ripped up the disgusting carpet in the main living room today and got a christmas tree! It's going to be so nice to finally get the flooring down in this room.

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Hey, that floor looks like some of the floors I saw when I was browsing "turn-key" homes.

You might be able to get above asking price if you listed it in this crazy market