ROFL, this is too funny. But I have the same problem, glad to see im
not alone. I basically have 2 windows in my computer room. Computer
generates HEAT too and its a pain.
Open during the day is fine, but at night with the room lights on I have
to shut the windows. I put an exhaust fan in one window and close the
other. So its blowing out, and I open a window in a part of the house
away from the trees, and that has no light on in that room.
Oh, and I turn on the A/C.
On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 09:34:40 -0400, "CL (dnoyeB) Gilbert"
At least I know I am not alone with this. I live on a farm so it's
probably worse than in the city. I also have a creek nearby, whether
or not that has anything to do with it. I have horses near the house
and they get what I call "poop bugs". Little flying insects that hang
around the poop in large numbers (I dont know the actual name of
them). But the screen bugs are not the same and the "poop bugs" are
small but too big to enter the screen.
Maybe I need to change the fan around, but the windows in this room
are too small for a box window fan........ Always a problem !!!!
Some said insecticide - I would probably try that if I couldn't find an
ultra fine mesh screen.
I would specifically try Permethrin - It should last a long time. You can
get a spray at places like Target or at camping supply stores. Its in the
camping gear section near the insect repellents. Its made for clothes, tent
screens and the like. Sold under lots of brand names. Sometimes used on
horses, for flies; on dogs and cats for fleas and ticks; on peoples cloths
as added protection against mosquitoes, etc. Its odorless IIRC.
I suppose 'long' is relative. I would suspect it would last 2 or 3 weeks.
Something like Off or Yardguard will only last hours.
I do not know what "pyrethroid group " is but woudln't you agree ths is on
the right track?
:) I suppose 'long' is relative. I would suspect it would last 2 or 3 weeks.
:) Something like Off or Yardguard will only last hours.
:) I do not know what "pyrethroid group " is but woudln't you agree ths is on
:) the right track?
Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide that does not have a long residual to
it..."pyrethroid group" of insecticides are man made that mimic the
natural molecule but are more stable and so have a residual effect
to them. There are a number of them on the market where some only last
for a short period of time and others may work well for months
Pyrethroids can be recognised with the name ending in -thrin
....permethrin is a step above the natural and I would be surprised if
you would get more than a day or two of effectiveness in the exposed
outdoors...maybe a week or so inside.
Some bugs are just too small for normal screens. I don't know if they
still make them, but I have seen special screens in the past to help solve
I suggest your best answer may be to spray the screens with a repellent
and or an insectaside. Remember to seal around the screen as well.
You need to find a finer mesh screen. Not going to be at Home Depot but
it's available. Not necessarily meant for windows.
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You are not going to get those gnats through a
regular screen if it is tight in the frame. Most
likely the gnats are hatching inside the house.
We have a similar problem with gnats. They hatch
in potted plant soil, they hide in the window
slides. However, there is no evidence that they
come in from outside, except in the soil of potted
If you are sure that the screens are tight, the
vacuum everything and either spray the plants with
a bug killer or get rid of them. If by chance,
you don't have any potted plants, then the bugs
may be getting in on pets or humans.
On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 20:39:47 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"
I am sitting in front of that window right now. There is a fan turned
on at the other end of the house. The outer side of the screen is
covered with those bugs. There are probably 50 of them coming thru
the screen every minute and are flying in my face. I can see them
coming thru the screen. As I said in my original post, I put duct
tape around the whole aluminum screen frame. They are tiny nearly
white bugs with tiny legs. They are all over the wall, and I just
looked at one with a magnifying glass. They only come in at night.
The ceiling light fixture glass is half filled with them since I
emptied it 2 or 3 weeks ago. So, yes, they DO come right thru the
On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 01:59:30 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
:I just replaced the screen on my office window. This time of year I
:can not be online without the window open (I refuse to pay the
:electric for an AC). Anyhow, the old screen had a small hole and tiny
:flying bugs were getting in. I bought that plastic screen which
:seemed to have the smallest holes. These damn bugs are still getting
:in. They fly in my face and are totally irritating. I even put duct
:tape around the edge of the screen frame where it meets the window
:frame, which seemed to fit tight anyhow, but I am desprate. How in
:the hell does one keep them out of the house? This is really starting
:to piss me off. (They are very small flys or gnats, or something).
You evidently have to use a smaller mesh screen. Experiment one window
at a time. Put a screen material over your window temporarily and close
all other access. If they are still getting in, go to a smaller mesh
until you find one tight enough and go with that. Of course, metal will
last longer than plastic but costs more.
I am using the smallest screen I can find. However, I do know what
would work if I could find some. Nylon stockings like women wear.
The problem is where to find stockings big enough to put over a
screen. Does anyone have a wife that sews? I am wondering if the raw
nylon material is available to buy, and where?
I solved the problem. I was at Walmart when I went into the fabric
dept. I asked the clerk for nylon stocking type material. They sell
something very similar, it's cheap, and works great. The woman at the
counter told me it's better than stockings, because it wont run like
I just wrapped it around the screen frame. put a little duct tape in
the corners and put the screen back in the window.
Problem solved..... goodbye ennoying bugs......
OK, how about attacking it from another angle? How about killing the bugs
instead? Perhaps a bug zapper somewhere else nearby would help draw them
away from the house window? Even if it means leaving a light on out there
to draw them.
Almost certainly such are not light-driven and very small insects aren't
affected by the "zappers" as they're not large enough to short across
the adjacent electrodes. A "sucker" type <might> have a small effect,
but probably not observable in level of nuisance.
imo, ymmv, $0.02, etc., ...
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