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We have been finding tiny piles of sawdust in closets and on our wooden entertainment center, but we have never seen any insects. The areas where we've seen the piles have myrtle wood on top of oak or fir. I had never noticed holes before but just today I saw tiny pin holes in the wood. What...

How long can you store rice? What is the best way to store it? Can it be stored for long periods of time if it is stored in Food Saver Bags that have all the air drawn out of them?

Does rice ever become unsafe to eat? thank you very much.

I am new to Oregon from SW Oklahoma. I live in Salem and bought a house (in June) with a beautifully landscaped yard. I am accustomed to drought and red dirt gardening. Since the rain has started I have mushrooms popping up all over. Good? Bad? I have no idea. Should I treat the yard? Thank you...

I drove with eggs unrefrigerated for about 5 hours in a moderately warm car (maybe 60+degrees). Are the eggs safe to eat?

I have tree roots invading my back yard from a neighbors poplar tree. How can I get rid of them and is he liable for damage? 

I have several acres of massive blackberries. I am trying to find some type of machine that will cut them down and shred them. The property is flat, but has some medium size rocks in the berries. Any suggestions on the proper equipment I should rent?

I have a western hemlock on my property that is over 25 feet around at the trunk. I have never seen one larger. Could this be an Oregon record??

I have been fermenting saurkraut in my crocks and just discovered small larvae inside the lid... How do I prevent that next year? Do you know what they are? 

I manage a Police Department Property Evidence Division. We receive about 200 items a day from officers who seize evidence and prisoner's property ... Routinely these items (back packs, bags, etc.) have some type of food item attracting fruit flies. We have taken steps to mitigate the...

I have a six month old dwarf nigerian billy goat. What is the proper way to castrate him at this age? His testicles are huge! He is also starting to get really stubborn. Thank you.