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Tiny Goddamned bugs are bugging me.

GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
In my happy little cubicle at work, there are these fuckers flying around. They're very small, very very small. They occasionally fly around my monitor, and sometimes swoop their small bug-asses in front of my face.

I'm getting tired of them. I'm swinging and swatting them away as I can, but they're so damn small I almost always miss.

Help me get rid of the bastards. How do I prevent and rid myself of these? I have no idea what they're called... the word "gnat" comes to mind, but I can't be positive. There's no food or anything at my desk, and it's pretty clean otherwise.

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  • HypatiaHypatia Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    They might be coming from soil in the area or from food that's rotting in the trash or something like that.

    We had a gnat problem and I tried all kinds of stuff like the vinegar in the inverted cone and things like that. Finally, in a fit of exasperation I bought biological weapons:
    Spoiler:

    We don't have a gnat problem anymore, and I am very happy :D

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Parental Unit RemulakRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Seconding the carnivorous plants suggestion

    We had a massive fly invasion here a few years ago and after keeping a few of the flytraps and flypaper plants around their numbers dropped off immediately

    Plus they're super cool, way cooler than normal plants

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  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I had some bugs in my office and I just casually swatted at them when they showed up and didn't think much about it. Today I'm on day 5 of an allergic reaction to something that bit me on Thursday and my arms are covered in hive-like bites that itch to high heaven. So I ran screaming to facilities to bomb my office. Wish I had done this before one of the little fuckers finally bit me. If it's really bad bring in pest control.

  • GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Hm, yeah so far I haven't been bitten that I know of... (swat at three more since my last post). I'm not sure if a plant like that would be kosher here... but something to look into. Also, I'm not stinky... so I don't think it's me :P

  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Put out a little dish of vinegar with a few drops of honey in it, they'll be attracted to the honey and die in the vinegar.

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  • GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Hmm, from Wikipedia:

    "A mix of vinegar, fruit juice, and a very small amount of detergent makes a good trap for catching the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. They are attracted to the pungent smell, and when they go for a drink they fall in due to the detergent breaking the Surface tension."

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Parental Unit RemulakRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    This is at work? You could also just tell your boss you've got a bug problem and see if he'd consider getting an exterminator in.

    ElJeffe wrote: »
    I get by on the knowledge that I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time mucking about inside of my asshole anyway
  • sys64738sys64738 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Could be fungus gnats; usually see these in offices with over-watered potted plants. The typical fix is to get plastic plants because getting people to stop over-watering is just about impossible IME.

    Fruit / phorid flies would mean that there's some rotted fruit / food debris lying around. Usually see this in kitchens / break rooms that aren't well maintained or cleaned. Sanitation should remedy this, though it should be noted that these flies could be coming in from outside garbage areas if there is poor door control.

    Drain / moth / phorid flies usually mean that there's a drain somewhere that needs cleaning. Common culprits - bathroom sinks, floor drains, janitorial areas. Recommend a biological drain cleaner diluted with warm water to increase coverage.

  • GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User
    edited May 2010
    We're on the top floor of the office building (4th floor). There are definetly some plants right next to me that the office manager waters often... Hmm.

    I'm a bit far from the kitchen area, which is typically filthy. To my left, over my wall, I can see one leaf of the plant drooping over... to give you an idea of how close it is.

  • Mr BlondeMr Blonde Registered User
    edited May 2010
    sys64738 wrote: »
    Could be fungus gnats; usually see these in offices with over-watered potted plants.

    This was my problem in our office. I was the one over watering though. If the pots have holes in the bottom that then sit in another dish of plastic, you can lift the pot up and see all the water that is collecting at the bottom. Show that to your office manager as that is how much s/he is over watering and where the bugs are breeding.

    Once I cut back on water and bought some indoor-okay insecticide, the flies were gone in a week or two.

  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    We had similar things in our office. The place had to be fumigated twice.

  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 a.k.a. Nubmonger/Antaeus#1352, 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion Oakland, CARegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    This is definitely something you shouldn't be addressing on your own - bring it to the attention of the people who are paid to deal with this kind of stuff. If necessary, use the fruit juice/vinegar mix to show them how many fucking flies you have to deal with as proof. Workplace sanitation is not a laughing matter.

    A filthy kitchen and over-watered plants can all be sources of this type of thing. Chances are, if the kitchen is filthy then so are one or more cubes in the office as well. Flies breed like...flies, so even if only one place was the source, there's a very high chance that they're everywhere now. Fumigation is a temporary solution if the workplace sanitation issues are not addressed. The kitchen should always be clean, and people should be dumping their shit out from their desks. Sounds like the building/office manager need to implement some new rules in order to modify established behavior.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no.
  • GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Yeah she's usually pretty good about laying down the law on cleanliness around here. I just sent her an e-mail about it, so maybe we'll see some resolution here. In the meantime, I think I may try the vinegar solution tomorrow just to get my personal area slightly more bug-free.

    I do appreciate the suggestions

  • Mr BlondeMr Blonde Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Also, a way to tell if the flies are living in the plants is to blow on the plants or shake their pots gently. The flies will scatter, but you'll know that they are indeed living there.

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