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When we moved in, there were tiny little ants in the baby’s room, bathroom and kitchen.  Those were taken care of with ant traps and liberal cleaning of the nicotine* they were feeding on off the walls with vinegar.

After the ants, the weather got cooler and flies started coming in the house.  We fixed the screens and that took care of them.

Then the dog got fleas and they spread to the rest of the house.  I think that with the 2nd professional extermination and a vet visit that ended up costing $800** that they are on the way out.  The past few days we’ve seen one or none, thank goodness.

Now we have giant-ass crickets.  By “giant-ass,” I mean like 3 inches across.  I don’t know if they’re actually crickets, but they have huge hind legs.  It was in the hallway.  The Husband killed it.

*The walls and windows were DISGUSTING when we moved in.  See the 8×10 color glossy photographs below.

This is the nursery wall when we moved in, covered in sticky, sticky nicotine with the smell to match.

This is the nursery wall when we moved in, covered in sticky, sticky nicotine with the smell to match.

This is a paper towel after cleaning nicotine off a window.

This is a paper towel after cleaning nicotine off a window.

** (Initial exam + Prescription flea medication) x 3 pets + steroid shot for crazy anxious cat who’s been chewing her fur off again + (antibiotics + pain meds + anesthesia for cleaning out blocked anal gland of the dog that was discovered when we got her shaved) + vaccines that expired in May that the NH vet didn’t give at the dog’s annual exam in June for some unknown reason.  Ugh.  November budget blown.  Don’t expect fancy Christmas presents from us this year.

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