How to keep the %&*$ bugs out?
May 30, 2006 8:41 PM Subscribe
Bugs making it in through
the screen door. Help!
posted by exlotuseater to home & garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The warm weather has come, and we're having problems with bugs coming in through the screen door from our terrace. They seem to be attracted to the lights inside, and we find them clustering around the glass-dome-type light on the ceiling, and if that's off, across the room by another lamp. (One is incandescent and the other is flourescent, so that doesn't seem to matter.) They are extremely tiny; less than 1mm from front to back, half that in width-- small enough to get through the mesh of the screen. We've never actually seen them outside or on the screen, but we're certain that they're getting in by that route. They have a "pop-hop" sort of movement, lots of crawling and falling.
A) What are they, and more importantly, B) How do I keep them out, short of closing the sliding-glass door?
We've thought of spraying something on the screen itself, but I have no idea of what to use-- DEET, pyrethrins, citronella? The other option might be to use "no-see-um" netting of some sort- really fine mesh that we could drape over the door itself, which is a less attractive option, but I'm willing to do, if anyone can point me in the right direction.
We do not want to have to keep the door shut, and do not want to have to live in the dark.
Has anyone else had a similar problem, and if so, what did you do?
Any other ideas for a solution are welcome.