April 14, 2012 3:22 AM Subscribe
A few months ago, I began noticing tiny bugs in my place. They appear very sporadic - I may see one or two a week at best - but it's always the same kind. I'd like to see no bugs in my place at all, ideally.
posted by MinusCelsius to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
Before you ask: Yes, I tried to take a photo of a bug, but it's really tiny and either the photo is blurry, or you only see a dot. I try my best to describe the bug though:
- Size of the head of a needle, if not smaller.
- Brown, with lighter/tan dots.
- Not shiny like a ladybug; it's matte.
These bugs are able to fly and obviously attracted by light, as the only time I ever encounter them is when they kamikaze into my desk lamp.
So far, I have been unable to locate their origin. I live in the city center, with the train station in my backyard, so during the day, my windows are usually closed in the living room. There is little vegetation here, except a few trees, and those bugs are around since somewhen before Christmas - it was really really cold then. All of that makes me doubt they come from outside.
The bugs almost exclusively appear in my living room. I have searched other rooms, but no bugs there, except a dead one in the corridor, near the living room door.
Now, I have completely renovated my living room last month. New carpet, paint, and mostly new furniture. With the room stripped down to bare walls and floor, there was still no sign of a bug nest. Since the encounters were rare anyway, I shrugged and thought maybe they did come from the balcony, after all. As usual, there were no new encounters for a week or two. But alas, we are back to the way things were before: once or twice a week a bug kamikazes into my desk lamp. All things considered, I'm beyond thinking it's random bugs from outside and want to locate their source before they finally decide to come in swarms or something.
Very west of Germany, in a very industrialized area. Nearest forest is kilometers away.
The one thing that sets the living room apart from the other rooms are polystrene panels under the ceiling that were here when I moved in 3 years ago. There are such panels in the kitchen and bedroom, but when renovating, I noticed that one is a bit loose in the living room. Could the tiny bugs be living in/under that panel? The damage is small and hard to see; the corner may have been loose before - for example since the bugs started appearing. Sounds a bit like a stretch though.
What are those bugs (do I want to know?) and how do I get rid of them for good?