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Old 10-01-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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We are currently working on a home built in 1720, there is a massive fly invasion, I have seen this a couple times many years ago. Does any one know what causes the flies to invade these older homes.
The house clapboards were all caluked on the bottoms and against the trim, the poblem is the house is sealed up way to tight and causing paint to peel off in strips. I did my walk thru for the estimate and did not see what looked like tight paint coming off in strips, we lost our shirts on this part, lesson learned.
What can we do to prevent this from happening again with out sealing the house up so tight. 3 sides have sun on and off during the day, the back does not het sun (of course this side seems to be holding up but it was refine roughly 50 years ago)
Ventilation currently is only 2 attic vents, no ridge vent on the roof (5 years old), we will be adding soffit vents but can only add them to the back of the house, the front has way to much details (dental molding and those scroll things).
In my 19 years of painting I have never had a bad failure (minor issues only),
Who ever has done the painting on this house in the past has always stripped it down to bare wood so It's nice and smooth looking.
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Not sure of the question but if it is about the fly invasion I will try to help.

What you are seeing are Cluster Fly's, they are not regular house fly. If you Google them you will get the hole story. There is a product call Cluster Buster that does work. Google it. You can make your own trap with a container and some dry dura bond. It will take about a week or two to get them under control and if you wash the windows to remove their tracks that really helps.

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I was born and raised in a house that was built in 1720. It was close to a dairy farm and corn fields. We used to call them corn flies.

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Thank you painterman, these flies are bad, there are tons of them dead inside the storm windows. Today while priming the trim we could hear them buzzing behind the clapboards, I have never heard that sound before, kind of creapy in a way. I will run this by the HO and have him give it a shot.
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We are currently working on a home built in 1720, there is a massive fly invasion, I have seen this a couple times many years ago. Does any one know what causes the flies to invade these older homes.
The house clapboards were all caluked on the bottoms and against the trim, the poblem is the house is sealed up way to tight and causing paint to peel off in strips. I did my walk thru for the estimate and did not see what looked like tight paint coming off in strips, we lost our shirts on this part, lesson learned.
What can we do to prevent this from happening again with out sealing the house up so tight. 3 sides have sun on and off during the day, the back does not het sun (of course this side seems to be holding up but it was refine roughly 50 years ago)
Ventilation currently is only 2 attic vents, no ridge vent on the roof (5 years old), we will be adding soffit vents but can only add them to the back of the house, the front has way to much details (dental molding and those scroll things).
In my 19 years of painting I have never had a bad failure (minor issues only),
Who ever has done the painting on this house in the past has always stripped it down to bare wood so It's nice and smooth looking.
Least the last painter can't be called a fly by night!
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