How you live with open windows...AND KEEP THE BUGS OUT!!?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by VERN in IL, May 3, 2012.

  1. VERN in IL

    VERN in IL Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian

    Nov 30, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    I'm on this "green" thing.

    I would like to use a window fan and open my windows this summer, but I tried that last year, and got alot of bugs in the house!

    I live by some wooded bottom lands and a slew, that does NOT help!!

    The window fan was blowing "out", and I got that finer fiberglass screen on the windows, but they always seem to get through! I even shut off the lights in the rooms with the windows open, still get bugs.

    I live in a trailer and SHOULD get good airflow from front to back, but not if I can't keep these bugs out!!!

    So what am I to do? I can run my AC, but I prefer not.

    Would installing air filters in the open windows stop the bugs? How would I go about this and would it restrict airflow much?:awh:
  2. Cliff

    Cliff Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2007
    What kind of bugs are getting thru window screens? Maybe they will turn out to be something that is only a problem for a few weeks.

  3. RebelDigger

    RebelDigger Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 5, 2010
    I noticed something today about the screens in the windows here (we are living in a mobile home while we do the farmhouse rehab). There are spring things at the bottom of the screens which hold them up away from the frame a bit. I figured out this is where the stinking knats are coming in here. I have decided to try to remove the springs so the screens will fit down into the channel better. Is yours this way?
  4. soulsurvivor

    soulsurvivor Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jul 4, 2004
    I can tell you things we've tried and had some success with but nothing stops them completely from invading your home if you have open windows.

    Get rid of any unnecessary standing water outside. Treat the rest with mosquito pellets making certain that pets and livestock don't drink from it.

    Hang ziplock bags of water around barns and doors to keep away flies. Hang sticky fly strips everywhere inside and outside that flying insects are a problem and change these often.

    Set out plastic ant and roach traps inside and out around doors and windows. Get the yellow plastic sticky traps and set around inside the house in corners and under furniture where crawling insects can get stuck on them.

    Everyday run a sink of hot water with a citrus scented dish wash liquid in it. This catches those tiny little hard shells that look like a minature ladybug but aren't that nice. They're attracted to the citrus scent and drown themselves.

    As for the windows, I tape down a strip of sticky fly strip along the window sill to try and catch some of the small crawlies, but it doesn't get them all.

    Everyday put out cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil. There are lots of insects that don't like that smell.

    Plant a lot of marigolds. I think some of the insects have a petition going around for humans to stop growing these flowers.

    Tend to the landscaping around your trailer/house. Keep it cleaned of debris and weeds that attract insects you don't want.

    Read up on the purple martin and other beneficial birds.

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  5. Fae

    Fae Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 9, 2005
    Lower Alabama
    I have the same problem, especially in the evening hours when the fan is really cooling things off. There are small green bugs that bite that get in even though they seem to big to get through the screen, plus others. I hate biting bugs and usually turn on the ac even though I hate being closed up in the house.
  6. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

    Mar 16, 2003
    I bet there's a little bit of space around the screens, someone else mentioned the little spring thing on some screens, that will definitely cause a little gap. Here, they just fly in the door every time it's opened. Also, I see little baby flies hovering below one of the ceiling fans, so I think they come in that way (not sure how, though).

    I've noticed on TV, they'll show houses with windows and doors wide open, with no screens. If I did that, every fly in the neighborhood would be in my house!
  7. Harry Chickpea

    Harry Chickpea Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 19, 2008
    north Alabama
    "I'm on this "green" thing.

    I would like to use a window fan and open my windows this summer, but I tried that last year, and got alot of bugs in the house!"

    Mother nature wants to feed you and you turn up your nose. :D
    In Florida, I knew a couple of people with house lizards.

    Bugs like carbon dioxide, light, and heat which could signify a meal. If there is something that seems more tasty outside than you in your trailer, the local birds and frogs might enjoy the results of your traps.
  8. ET1 SS

    ET1 SS zone 5 - riverfrontage Supporter

    Oct 22, 2005
    Forests of maine
    Nothing gets through our window screens.

    I have an ultra-sonic skeeter repellent hung over our front door facing down. It keeps the bugs from coming in through the door. Some people get a nasty head ache from it. I can not hear it, but our eldest son hears it.
  9. jwal10

    jwal10 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 5, 2010
    W. Oregon
    What kind of bugs? Only 1 type? How big? Sounds like you need to seal around the screens, a bug has to be small to go through. Are they attracted to food in the house?....James
  10. shanzone2001

    shanzone2001 Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2009
    State of Jefferson
    Tie a chicken up near the window????

    Seriously, I do have the same problem. I have just learned to live with the darn creatures as long as they aren't spiders!
  11. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker Unapologetically me Supporter

    Mar 20, 2003
    use duct tape and tape around the frame of the screen to seal the edges
  12. secuono

    secuono Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    There's always a space around the screen frame and the window frame it sits in. You can use hot glue to seal the screen in place, to the frame and the glass up top. Hot glue comes off easily when you need it to, others might be more of a mess.
    Also, we have fly traps outside near lights and inside the house by windows.
  13. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 23, 2003
    Beware your doors, your siding, and many other areas that bugs can and do come in, other than around the window screens.
  14. ldc

    ldc Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 11, 2006
    S. Louisiana
    Vern, do you have screens? (Not mentioned in OP). If not, there is nylon screening you can buy at box stores and old hardwares by the yard, and tape or hot glue around the fan. Good luck with this! This worked here, the worst insect capitol of the world I've ever encountered! Even near a bayou!
    Last edited: May 4, 2012
  15. Horseyrider

    Horseyrider Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    We have box elder bugs and Asian beetles. They make me crazy. We also have a 140+ year old house that will never be totally tight. I just use a small cordless vacuum and suck 'em up.

    They seem to ebb and flow. They used to be horrid, but lately haven't been very bad at all.

    I really dislike air conditioning. I love the outdoors, and nothing makes me more at peace than being able to sit and hear the birds singing, the horses moving around, and the occasional indignant chicken.
  16. jonig99

    jonig99 Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    On a mobile home window, the "springy thing" should be at the top. If it is at the bottom that's most likely how the bugs are getting in, the screen is not in correctly.
  17. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 19, 2005
    Ive lived 64yrs and never saw a house that didnt have screens in NE Kans, SW Mo, NE Okla. What in the world makes you think you can life in a house with open windows and not have bugs, flys mosquitos, ect????????????

    Ive seen houses so old the screens were rotton with rust, and where a hole had developed they glued a piece of screen or cloth to it. ive seen cloth sewed to a hole in a screen. Ive NEVER saw a window that was opened not have a screen on the outside of it.

    Do you think bugs flys ect give a hang over your noble ideas? They dont. They go to wherever there is an opening, and they always have, and they always will.
  18. Sanza

    Sanza Crazy Canuck

    Sep 8, 2008
    Alberta Canada
    For the people that need to read the op again because Vern did write.....
    "The window fan was blowing "out", and I got that finer fiberglass screen on the windows, but they always seem to get through! I even shut off the lights in the rooms with the windows open, still get bugs."

    Try hanging pots with marigolds, citronella and other such bug repelling plants right by the windows. Cut sheer curtains and tape to the screens- it might not look the best but the air flows through but bugs can't get through that.
  19. Forlane

    Forlane Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Salinas, California
    Air Gap filler. Go around every window and hope that you never have to replace a screen.