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Organic Method to keep Insects out of the house?


 
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Patcheen
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:25 pm    Post subject: Organic Method to keep Insects out of the house? Reply with quote

Hi,

I'd like find an organic method to deter insects, mostly midges, moths and crane flys (daddy long-legs), from coming into the house at night while being able to keep a window or two open.

I'm waiting to take delivery of a fly screen to attach to the window which I imagine will help the situation but will be unslightly during the day.

Could plants help me out here? Either in window boxes on the outside or in pots in the inside? Or would the lure of the light at nighttime still be too powerful for any plant based deterent to be effective?

Many thanks for your comments
Pat
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James Kilkelly
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patcheen, the screen will be a great help.
A piece I wrote about deterring them here..... Midges amongst the foliage.

and capturing them here...... Small flies (fruit flies?) all over my kitchen and bathroom.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know where you live, but certainly in the country where there are few other lighted objects to attract insects, you just can't leave a window open in a room that has lights on. It's either one or the other, plain and simple.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a million James,
I had read those posts earlier. Might give the midge 'death' bowl a try.
Your help is very much appreciated.
Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarracenia.
They do there job and are decorative
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simple method I have used is water and either honey or jam in a jar. They stick to it or drown themselves. But I'd say the fly screen is your best bet.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in the old days they put tansy around,and burnt it on the fire,
i bought one of those plug in things cost me nearly 30 euro and didn`t work! my son persuaded me to buy him 2 venus fly traps,joke! he goes out catching flies to put in them on his window sill is a plastic box with a load of dead flies in it,suppose as he`s only 7 i should have known better
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