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My house is buggy!
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Tom A    Posted 11-08-2002 at 05:38:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have a 100+ year old farmhouse that the previous owners wrapped in white plastic siding about 10 years ago.

My problem: the eastern 1/4 of the north wall and the entire eastern wall, on the outside, seem to attract bugs like crazy. I'll wash it all down and get it nice and clean, and within a couple of weeks it is absolutely covered with cobwebs, stuck gnats and bugs, and other crud.

This has been going on for 4 years. Doesn't happen on the other sides of the house, just where I said...which is right near where the door is, so it is the first thing visitors see.

I could live with it, but it drives the wife crazy...and everyone knows, "when momma ain't happy, *nobody's* happy!"

Anybody know what is causing it, and more important any way to fix it?

thanks!
Tom


Ron/PA    Posted 11-08-2002 at 09:50:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom my best suggestion ain't gonna be none too good. The only thing I know to tell you is to try a product called Ecitban, It is a wettable powder, and is not on the restricted list here in Pa. You mix it up an spray it on, and as long as the rain does not wash it off, it will kill bugs for about a month. It won't keep them away, but we use it inside and out of poultry on painted or non absorbant surfaces and it does a great job on flies and mosquitoes.
Good luck
Ron


DeadCarp - vicious cycle    Posted 11-08-2002 at 06:39:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you can get rid of flying insects, the spiders will go away. See, spiders are attracted to other bugs, so they're middlemen really. If ya have spider problems, they're just seeking a fresh meal. Flying insects are attracted mostly by yellow and other flower colors, any kinda food/water source and light for warmth. When our place was blue instead of yellow, we didn't have near the spiders. So watch the colors and limit the light. Ideally, you'd have a medium-dark wall with the nearest lights out in the yard somewhere. BTW, bug lites actually attract neighboring bugs. :)



Ana - I agree    Posted 11-08-2002 at 07:36:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a white house and had all kinds of problems, then I painted it a brown---finally some rest.


WallSal55- Same Here...    Posted 11-08-2002 at 06:12:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our 100 + farmhouse has a lot of bugs on the north
side (living room) and west side (kitchen). At
night, the lights are on the most in these two
rooms. I did buy tiny lamps for low light in these areas at night, so as not to attract so many bugs.
The kitchen has a patio slider w/a porch light, so we try not to leave the porch light on.
I have even sprayed for spiders with Spectracide
(from Wally World, non-aerosol, big jug--to cut
down on spiders.) I even go out and kill them by
hand some evenings. (Obsessed, ain't I?) Except
the garden spiders. This year I had more garden
spiders dominant around the house, and they were
catching other bugs.
We removed two old trees that were threatening to fall on the house. I think it cut down on the
spiders, bugs on those two sides of the house.
They still find the front door and like to hang
around for when company comes to visit.
So, I am on constant bug patrol around here. If
anyone else can help us out, would be great, I
have better things to do with my time! I have been at it for 13 years, and finally notice a
decrease!


Les    Posted 11-08-2002 at 05:52:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gosh, for a minute there I was afraid that some of Burrhead's Bushkovites was invading the privacy and sanctity of your property with one of them GPS hidden cameras to make sure you scraped the banure off your boots before you came in the house.


Grove r    Posted 11-08-2002 at 07:01:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin' everone....flies....thats my pet peave.... they congregate by the thousand in the "L" created by the porch and the house, south and west exposure....gets real comfy cozy in the afternoon sun....and of course the door is on the south exposure...so ever time ya open the door.....and there is absolutely nothing else there, but warmth, to attract them! About the first frost we suffered an infestation of "harvestman" spiders in the house, we call them "daddy long legs", get about an inch across, the body is only about as big as large match head, just a dang nuisance! Good thing about winter, we get rid of all those pests! Have a gooder, R.E.L.


Grove r    Posted 11-08-2002 at 07:00:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin' everone....flies....thats my pet peave.... they congregate by the thousand in the "L" created by the porch and the house, south and west exposure....gets real comfy cozy in the afternoon sun....and of course the door is on the south exposure...so ever time ya open the door.....and there is absolutely nothing else there, but warmth, to attract them! About the first frost we suffered an infestation of "harvestman" spiders in the house, we call them "daddy long legs", get about an inch across, the body is only about as big as large match head, just a dang nuisance! Good thing about winter, we get rid of all those pests! Have a gooder, R.E.L.


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