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PostPosted: 07-03-2014 15:58    Post subject: Black 'Midges' Reply with quote

This didnt happen to me, but it IS happening to my mother.

From early December up until now, my mother has been complaining to me about 'black flies/midges hovering over her bed when she goes to sleep at night.

They are not present anywhere else in the house, and are only present in her bedroom at night-time. At first I was somewhat skeptical, since such small flies do not typically live throughout winter (unlike larger flies such as 'bluebottles' who hibernate) and the fact that she suffers from glaucoma, I suggested to her that they could just be a symptom of this, but she actually showed me one that she had caught in her hand one night, and recently I popped round and saw them for myself.

So, ruling out optical illusions, my next thought that there must be something in the bedroom that these little creatures must be feeding upon to survive the winter months.

My mother recently divorced her abusive husband (my step-father) and it occurred to my that he might have tried the old trick of sewing prawns into the curtain edges, or stuffing fruit or vegetables down the back of a radiator, but despite scouring the room together, wardrobe, under bed, curtains, behind radiator, everywhere you can think of, there was nothing to be found, nor was there any unusual odor that might give away some kind of food or liquid being hidden in the bedroom. I also checked the attic to make sure there was nothing in there that might be making it's way down. The whole bed and bedding have been steam cleaned, and under the carpets checked. Still nothing.

As I said these little creatures are not present in any other parts of the house, and cant be coming through the windows as they are shut during winter. They only appear at night and only near here bed.

Anybody got any theory's/suggestions as to the cause?
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PostPosted: 07-03-2014 19:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had this happen in my house too. Also, with really tiny moths.
They eventually die off or go away.
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PostPosted: 07-03-2014 20:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
... really tiny moths.
Those sound like either Indian meal moths (starchy stuff eaters) or wool/clothes moths (hair and wool munchers).
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PostPosted: 07-03-2014 21:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monstrosa wrote:
Mythopoeika wrote:
... really tiny moths.
Those sound like either Indian meal moths (starchy stuff eaters) or wool/clothes moths (hair and wool munchers).


Yeah. Thankfully, they've finally died out.
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PostPosted: 07-03-2014 22:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anaconda Eq has your Mum thought of buying one of those pest bomb things they set off and leave the house for a few hours? My friend uses them every 6 months and says they have no insects inside at all
They have a dog so there can't be any bad side effects.
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PostPosted: 08-03-2014 16:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea's people, thanks. We didn't think it could be moths as they are so small, but it could well be. Ill let my mum know Smile
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PostPosted: 08-03-2014 18:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could you post a link to a picture, by chance? Identification might make it easier to deduce the problem.

With a picture in hand, you could probably ask http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ if there's anything you can do about them.
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PostPosted: 08-03-2014 19:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

MercuryCrest wrote:
Could you post a link to a picture, by chance? Identification might make it easier to deduce the problem.

With a picture in hand, you could probably ask http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ if there's anything you can do about them.


Good idea!

I'll try get one Smile
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PostPosted: 08-03-2014 21:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the old trick of sewing prawns into the curtain edges


oh yeah that old chestnut... wait... I mean, what?!
Has this been done enough for it to be casually referred to as an old trick?
Perhaps I don't get out enough but this is the first time I have heard of
the practice
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PostPosted: 08-03-2014 22:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

milk23 wrote:

Has this been done enough for it to be casually referred to as an old trick?
Perhaps I don't get out enough but this is the first time I have heard of
the practice


I first heard of this years ago but dismissed it as a probable UL. I mean, who could be bothered to do that?
Much easier to lift a floorboard and insert a dead rat/animal of your choice.
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 00:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

We get tiny little fruit flies sometimes that seem to congregate around the drain of the kitchen sink. Maybe the has a bathroom with a sink nearby? Maybe a hair care product she's using attracts them?
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 01:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be the symptoms of some sort of optical or blood pressure problem. Maybe mum should go and see a doctor and mention black spots, like little midges, dancing about above her head, before she falls asleep at night. Just in case.
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 01:26    Post subject: midges Reply with quote

these could be coming up through the sink drains. if you do the bug bomb, make sure ALL pilot lights in furnace, waterheater etc are off. otherwise kablooie
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 07:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
Could be the symptoms of some sort of optical or blood pressure problem. Maybe mum should go and see a doctor and mention black spots, like little midges, dancing about above her head, before she falls asleep at night. Just in case.
Anaconda said in their OP that they had seen the flies also.
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 09:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monstrosa wrote:
Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
Could be the symptoms of some sort of optical or blood pressure problem. Maybe mum should go and see a doctor and mention black spots, like little midges, dancing about above her head, before she falls asleep at night. Just in case.
Anaconda said in their OP that they had seen the flies also.

Have to stop skim reading. Embarassed

Are there any air vents, or patches of dampness in the room? Behind a wardrobe, or round the window sill?
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