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Post by redburmese on Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:08 pm

Has anyone else had this problem,this year has been the worst we have known for 5 years since we moved in .Every afternoon they arrive the front of the cottage is covered doors ,windows ,walls .they even manage to get into the double glazed window frames ,have had to use barrier spray to controle them and flykiller for the ones that get in ,other cottages in the hamlet they dont bother just our cottage ,someone said they target certain houses !!!anyone else been targeted Mad
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Post by BLAKEVINE on Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:43 pm

Well, Red, we have had hundreds of the b....... things. It all started a few weeks' ago and they started to gather upstairs. We have a very old house, but, it is open plan inside and you can imagine trying to get them out...they flit from one window to the next. Anyway, we have tolerated them and have found that leaving the windows open in the day helped. HOWEVER, we have just been away for a few days and when we got back at midnight the other night we came into the house (which had all its shutters closed) to the sort of drone you would associate with a Hitchcock movie. Turning the lights on revealed something which you might find with a dead body (I think). There were flies everywhere. With the aid of fly spray and our Dyson, we eventually managed to crawl into bed at 1h30 the next morning..........hope to get a better night's sleep tonight!
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Post by Amber on Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:00 pm

We've had them too but not nearly as bad as you Blakevine - that must have been horrible and not something you want to come back to late at night.

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Post by tocyvi on Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:26 am

We've been plagued by them as well. That's the trouble with mild winters like 2013/14; what we need this year is 3 months of bitterly cold temperatures, regular falls of snow amounting to about a metre and crippling frosts. I know Amber will agree........
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Post by Higgy on Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:05 am

On checking the grenier we found hundreds on the widow pane, we opened the window and out they went.

They do make a loud buzzing which is off putting.

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Post by Amber on Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:11 pm

tocyvi wrote:We've been plagued by them as well. That's the trouble with mild winters like 2013/14; what we need this year is 3 months of bitterly cold temperatures, regular falls of snow amounting to about a metre and crippling frosts. I know Amber will agree........

Oh yes, Tocyvi, absolutely, couldn't agree more, one hundred percent.......... now, when are you coming to push my wheelbarrow full of hay through that metre deep snow in order to feed my donkeys? tongue

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Post by redburmese on Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:02 pm

Its funny that the other old cottages are not affected ,we must be the lucky ones !!!!
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Post by BLAKEVINE on Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:33 pm

....and still they continue to cluster! The worst thing is them falling on the bed as our bedroom is the grenier and they seem to like it up there! Ugh.........
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Post by Amber on Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:30 pm

No

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Post by redburmese on Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:34 pm

First of Nov and they are still here on the outside of the house !!its only the barrier fly spray thats keeping them out !!!
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Post by BLAKEVINE on Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:06 pm

....and still they thrive.....sunny day today brought them out again........ugh.....
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Post by redburmese on Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:53 pm

Think they will be here even when the snow arrives !!hope its not as bad as America which we get two weeks later as a rule . Shocked Shocked
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Post by Wormwood on Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:08 am

LOLZ - So that's what they were!

Came to the region in October to look at properties. Saw an empty house in Haute Vienne where several rooms had huge clusters of them up in the corner of the ceilings. Freaked me out a bit. Thought someone had died in there!

So it’s a Limousin thing… good to know. Very Happy

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Post by tocyvi on Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:49 pm

redburmese wrote:!!hope its not as bad as America which we get two weeks later as a rule

The US is such a vast country that they experience a huge range of weather variations every day. The huge snowfall in Buffalo was not repeated anywhere else in the States and will almost definitely not arrive here. To suggest that we will get America's weather here 2 weeks later means that we will have blistering sun, snow, heavy rain and the odd tornado or two all in the space of 24 hours. Rest assured RB, it won't happen

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Post by BLAKEVINE on Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:44 pm

Michael Fish????? are you taking the Michael, Mick?????? Or are you really Michael Fish? God bless those weather men who get it wrong....
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Post by tocyvi on Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:04 pm

BLAKEVINE wrote:are you taking the Michael, Mick??????  ....

Heaven forbid! Wink
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Post by BLAKEVINE on Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:22 pm

Surely someone else must be suffering these little bl.....ters again this year? Once the sun comes out, they fill our south facing windows. The good thing is that once you open the window they seem very keen to get outside.....
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