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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 19:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

davidplankton wrote:
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.

Fish behind the radiator is the usual method, surely?
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 19:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prawns inside hollow curtain rods was the version I heard. Laughing
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 19:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

House plants?

I get fruit fly type insects pretty much all year round and they seem to live in the compost of my house plants
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PostPosted: 09-03-2014 19:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

drbates wrote:
House plants?

I get fruit fly type insects pretty much all year round and they seem to live in the compost of my house plants


Yes! My Mum has loads of plants around the house and they attract their own little wildlife. She has little plant flies regularly and has to spray them.
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PostPosted: 10-03-2014 00:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old_Shoe wrote:
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?


Having experienced fruit flies before, I think they are the likeliest explanation. Tiny black things, which turn to soot in your hands, when you smack them. They are attracted to any over-ripe vegetable matter, which may include neglected bananas in fruit-bowls but also moss in gutters etc. etc.

They are famous for their ability to send signals to attract friends. A useful but - in their case - very annoying trait. Confused
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PostPosted: 10-03-2014 11:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is fruit flies, pit some cider vinegar in a jar and seal with clingfilm. Put a small hole in the top so that they can get in but not out. We had fruit flies from the recycling bin, which we have now moved.
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PostPosted: 10-03-2014 12:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to ask what AnacondaEq's mum has as bed coverings? Quilts? Or perhaps pillows? Are the filled with eiderdown feathers? Could the midges becoming from something rotten within the covers? An attached piece of flesh?
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PostPosted: 10-03-2014 14:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had this problem in our student house at uni...one day loads of what we called rot flies just appeared in the kitchen. A few days later we found out why- one of our housemates had gone home for a few weeks but left his fruit and veg in the pantry, which had started to rot...

When he did it a second time we told him if he didn't throw out his veg before he left next time we'd dump it in his room, close the door and leave it! He threw them away after that!
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PostPosted: 10-03-2014 16:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second the house plants suggestion. In fact, we once traced a midge infestation to an unopened (but quite old) bag of potting soil that was kept in a kitchen cupboard...
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PostPosted: 10-03-2014 19:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
drbates wrote:
House plants?

I get fruit fly type insects pretty much all year round and they seem to live in the compost of my house plants


Yes! My Mum has loads of plants around the house and they attract their own little wildlife. She has little plant flies regularly and has to spray them.


Dusting the compost with ant powder seems to help...not too much as its not water soluble and it can make the plants slightly tricky to water it seems
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PostPosted: 12-03-2014 03:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spudrick68 wrote:
If it is fruit flies, pit some cider vinegar in a jar and seal with clingfilm. Put a small hole in the top so that they can get in but not out. We had fruit flies from the recycling bin, which we have now moved.


I actually tried this and it worked well - but it must be APPLE cider vinegar as far as I understand.

In another trap a foot away, I also tried slices of yellow mango with a squeeze of lime. For the record, this trap had 10x as many wins for the humans. It was like a fruit-fly holocaust.
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PostPosted: 12-03-2014 13:24    Post subject: Re: Black 'Midges' Reply with quote

AnacondaEq wrote:
'black flies/midges hovering over her bed when she goes to sleep at night.

Anybody got any theory's/suggestions as to the cause?


Are there any potted plants in the room? They sound very much like some that I have had in the past, that live/breed in the soil of house plants. Quite tricky to get rid of, and seem to thrive if you tend to be a generous waterer Confused
I think that they are called Sciarid Flies??
Hope you get rid of them soon, they are annoying and I swear they bite!

Edit: Sorry - it would help if I read the whole thread before I commented!!
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