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Dec 6, 2011
11,912
26,389
South Wales
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19,136
MH
Coach built Adria
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Since 2007
I was evicting bugs for a few days after we got home.
I haven’t seen any now for a week so I hope I have got all of the pesky creatures.
 
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The stink bugs are really bad this year. We have a plague of them at home (between Niort and Poitiers), inside, out, every which way. Never seen so many in 20-odd years.

Just did a quick overnight in the Marais Poitevin and it's just as bad over there.

Not many hornets this year, a few of the Asian variety, but thousands of gendarmes who are feasting on the stink bug carcasses.

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My wife thinks they smell of coriander, the largest collections I found in black clothes and the cream curtains around the beds, this is going to be a two day job!!!
It's cardamon, not coriander (y)
 
Jun 12, 2020
492
1,449
Scotland
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71,681
MH
Carthago 138 Compact
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Since 2017
We got home Friday night from our trip. We came back via a few days in Dordogne.
Have found 3 in the house so far that must have come in when we emptied the van of clothing /shoes etc. I reckon a day or two in chilly Scotland will kill those still lurking in the van garage and lockers.
 
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Dorwyn
Aug 19, 2013
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4,492
Wells, Somerset
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27,611
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Elddis 115
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since 2004
We have an old lidded tub with soapy water, catch them in a small wine glass and tip them in, then they are gone! Just closed the blinds and turned the lights on, a couple appeared but now they're in the tub. Plus it's so quick, they don't have time to guff in your face!! Normally 😁

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Dorwyn
Aug 19, 2013
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27,611
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Elddis 115
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Today’s haul, plus more in the vacuum, garage and lockers still to clean tomorrow.
Yummy. We should eat more insects they say. We cleared out the bathroom rooflight screen, not been able to do it before because it has to open downwards. Each morning it's been empty except for a few dead ones. But it does seem we're through the worst. Now we're in the more northern climes!
 
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Dorwyn
Aug 19, 2013
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It'll take more than a couple of days to evict them... we're still hunting them. Went to fill up with diesel, opened the flap, there were hordes in there! When we get back home, I will empty the van, give it a good spray around with this stuff we've got, lock the doors and fumigate them. I'll have to do more than just lock the door, there's those other nauseous roaches that go round stealing campers!
 
Feb 19, 2017
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Ten years
I’m exasperated, best part of two days cleaning, yesterday the habitation area, the results as posted. Today lockers and garage, only found approximately four as I emptied everything out, job jobbed.
OH no it isn’t, found loads more in the unused bag of solar screens and even more in the bag of windbreakers, and a few others in various boxes.
Sprayed copious amounts of insect killer in to the van, all clothes being washed, Hopefully we are ok now.🤞
 
May 10, 2023
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Kent, UK
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95,862
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Auto-Trail
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Since 2002
I seem to remember that the bugs don’t like particular scents like mint, lavender, lemongrass and citronella. Have any of you tried using those scents in aerosols or diffusers in your MHs to see if they clear off? - Not spraying the bugs, just scenting the air. It would be interesting to know if it actually works.

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May 27, 2015
4,097
35,255
Bedfordshire, UK
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36,573
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Hymer B584
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Long time
Years ago we had an invasion of Ladybirds.
They we’re still appearing about 2 yrs afterwards!
 
Dec 31, 2010
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14,797
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Frankia Platin i7900
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Since 2010
I’m exasperated, best part of two days cleaning, yesterday the habitation area, the results as posted. Today lockers and garage, only found approximately four as I emptied everything out, job jobbed.
OH no it isn’t, found loads more in the unused bag of solar screens and even more in the bag of windbreakers, and a few others in various boxes.
Sprayed copious amounts of insect killer in to the van, all clothes being washed, Hopefully we are ok now.🤞
Don't put the evicted items in your garage or house you start finding them there as well don't ask how I know 😲
 
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Dorwyn
Aug 19, 2013
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I seem to remember that the bugs don’t like particular scents like mint, lavender, lemongrass and citronella. Have any of you tried using those scents in aerosols or diffusers in your MHs to see if they clear off? - Not spraying the bugs, just scenting the air. It would be interesting to know if it actually works.
Some French people suggested lavender oil, which sounds a good idea because it is concentrated. We were nowhere near shops and events proved too fast so we went straight for the evil chemical spray, which did work amazingly well, except for giving me asthma. We are on a campsite right now, funnily enough there's a lavender bush just around the corner, but it's pretty past it.
 
Jun 12, 2020
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71,681
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Carthago 138 Compact
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Since 2017
Loads of the stink bugs in Dordogne area at the moment. They get everywhere. At least they don't bite like the flippin' mozzies do.
Follow up..... Just had last check over of the van before heading off tomorrow. Found a live bug hiding in kitchen blinds. It's been -7 here over winter. These bugs are unreal....
 
Feb 19, 2017
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Leighton Buzzard
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47,391
MH
A class
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Ten years
Found one in our house today, the van has been away at the garage awaiting a part since Christmas. This little blighter must of flown indoors whilst we were cleaning the van in October, it will just be the one, or will it?:mad:

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Jul 18, 2021
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The Charente, France
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82,778
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Benimar Europe 740
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Found one in our house today, the van has been away at the garage awaiting a part since Christmas. This little blighter must of flown indoors whilst we were cleaning the van in October, it will just be the one, or will it?:mad:

I found one in our house today, sat on top of a box of firelighters!! I just put him outside :)
 
Feb 22, 2011
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I think they do inhabit UK in much smaller numbers so the ones you find in the house now may be locals ?
I've only found one stowaway in the moho since Christmas which was dead on the door mat, I'm hoping that was the last of the little blighters
 
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Dorwyn
Aug 19, 2013
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I found one in our house today, sat on top of a box of firelighters!! I just put him outside :)
This year since January we've found 5 or 6. Most on the inner linings of the curtains. In previous years they reappear as the weather improves, usually from small cracks which they are total experts at sliding into. Something to look forward to!
 

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Jul 18, 2021
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This year since January we've found 5 or 6. Most on the inner linings of the curtains. In previous years they reappear as the weather improves, usually from small cracks which they are total experts at sliding into. Something to look forward to!

Yes, it was 18 degrees here yesterday. Probably why they've started to show an interest in the world again :)
 

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Jul 7, 2009
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Years ago we had an invasion of Ladybirds.
They we’re still appearing about 2 yrs afterwards!
Ditto and yep, they hibernate underneath window and skylight rubbers, the edges of blinds etc etc.

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Feb 19, 2018
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Murvi Morello
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Some French people suggested lavender oil, which sounds a good idea because it is concentrated. We were nowhere near shops and events proved too fast so we went straight for the evil chemical spray, which did work amazingly well, except for giving me asthma. We are on a campsite right now, funnily enough there's a lavender bush just around the corner, but it's pretty past it.
Oh the joys of overseas travel!

After reading ALL the previous posts,
I'm glad I gave all that up a few years ago when I reached 75! 😆😆

PS. I think there should be heavy fines imposed on anyone caught importing foreign bugs into the UK! 😄
 

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May 27, 2015
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Oh the joys of overseas travel!

After reading ALL the previous posts,
I'm glad I gave all that up a few years ago when I reached 75! 😆😆

PS. I think there should be heavy fines imposed on anyone caught importing foreign bugs into the UK! 😄
Our Ladybirds were UK ones, we know that because that one summer there was an explosion of them and the outside of the van was covered in them and it was difficult to get in or out of the van without some getting in the door!
 
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We are still finding 2 or 3 a day in the house and tiny heart shaped moths / flies (can't make up my mind which they are)

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Dec 27, 2020
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Burstner 690G
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Stinky bug appeared in our MH yesterday six months after they swarmed the van in France. Let's hope they never establish in the UK.
 
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Aug 15, 2008
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We were invaded at the end of September near Blaye in France. We are coming back to the UK in a few days and would estimate we have got rid of 1000+ and that is not an exaggeration! We have had about 3 big free days and have had 1 - 7 a day for the last couple of weeks but mainly 1-3.

If we ever saw them flying in the air again when we turned up somewhere we would hightail it straight away again 🙄 It was on a campsite with a lot of trees and hedges.

As it’s chilly now they mainly come out when I’m cooking dinner and the van is really warm.

Harmless but a right P I T A 😊
 
Jun 12, 2020
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Follow up..... Just had last check over of the van before heading off tomorrow. Found a live bug hiding in kitchen blinds. It's been -7 here over winter. These bugs are unreal....
Further update. 3 1/2 weeks into our current trip and we are still getting 1 or 2 every day. They come out when it's hot and head for the light!

B@&£tards!
 
Feb 22, 2011
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Unbelievable aren't they 🤬
I got the camping chairs out last week and found two in the folds.
OH found one in the wardrobe, I suspect she carried her hanging clothes on last October without giving them a shake.
All of them were dead
 
Dec 31, 2010
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Unbelievable aren't they 🤬
I got the camping chairs out last week and found two in the folds.
OH found one in the wardrobe, I suspect she carried her hanging clothes on last October without giving them a shake.
All of them were dead
Watch out they are really good at playing dead ❌

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