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strange one that I have never come across so after some supportive advice ingenious ideas regarding addressing the issue.

I have in my van two windows where the little tiny plastic bung has come off. At some point in two of the windows, small insects have managed to get in there and die. This has left about 15 or 20 horrible looking insects that it looks like looking through a microscope at.

Obviously I need to remove them. The windows are of course bonded double glazed seitz windows, the only way in is by the two little plugs that can be removed.

The only idea's I have so far is to use an extended pipe cleaner to try and push in to sort of hoik them back out. or to do a wash and rinse by filling the window with water, swilling it and then pouring it out by the two little plug exits and hoping the flies come with it. Obviously this will then need to dry out but I can't see any reason why it wont?

anyone wish to comment on my idea and see any flaws with it, I am all ears or come up with any other solution.

thanks
 

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If you wet the interior I think it will leave marks when/if it ever dries out.

You could try removing the window and then shake the corpses down to one of the holes, attach a vacuum cleaner hose and see if you can suck them out.

I suspect compressed air might also work - but by separating the two bits of plastic due to the of internal air pressure. :)
 
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This appeared below in the 'similar threads' bit, might help...


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This appeared below in the 'similar threads' bit, might help...


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yes, just saw that. bertiebasset only seemed mildly successful. Looking at the vacuum cleaner and extended pipe cleaner option and some fly fishing.
 
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If you have access to a fine catheter (central line type) you could try sucking them out with a 50ml syringe.
good idea, being a registered nurse looking after a shed load of nursing homes, I have all those things, never thought of that.

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Vacume cleaner with crevice tool to try and suck them out

If you have access to a fine catheter (central line type) you could try sucking them out with a 50ml syringe.
If more oomph is required, maybe tape the catheter to the vacuum cleaner nozzle in some way.
 
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strange one that I have never come across so after some supportive advice ingenious ideas regarding addressing the issue.

I have in my van two windows where the little tiny plastic bung has come off. At some point in two of the windows, small insects have managed to get in there and die. This has left about 15 or 20 horrible looking insects that it looks like looking through a microscope at.

Obviously I need to remove them. The windows are of course bonded double glazed seitz windows, the only way in is by the two little plugs that can be removed.

The only idea's I have so far is to use an extended pipe cleaner to try and push in to sort of hoik them back out. or to do a wash and rinse by filling the window with water, swilling it and then pouring it out by the two little plug exits and hoping the flies come with it. Obviously this will then need to dry out but I can't see any reason why it wont?

anyone wish to comment on my idea and see any flaws with it, I am all ears or come up with any other solution.

thanks
I'm sure I've seen a similar post before. Maybe a search?

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If you're making new holes you want 'Blind Grommets' to plug them after.

another tip if you do drill them is first to cover them with masking tape which will stop the drill bit grabbing & dragging through damaging the other side. perspex will snatch at the drill bit.

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Take the window out of the frame.... get a ball of fine rough wool...

Poke it in one of the holes, and as much as you can...

Shake the wool around and it will collect/pick up most if not all the little creatures...

Then slowly pull the wool back out.... and most of the insects will come with the wool.. :smiley:

Then make sure the holes are blocked up again..

Worked for me a few years ago...
 
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If you decide to try to hoover them out be careful you don't cavitate the window, by ensuring both plugs are out, don't ask me how I know, been there, done that :rolleyes:
 
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If you're making new holes you want 'Blind Grommets' to plug them after.

Sounds like a character from 'Treasure Island', or an extra from 'Old Jamaica Rum' advert ... Or a character in the prologue of the maritime version of 'Up Pompeii' with the esteemed Mr Francis Howerd ... ;) :LOL:

I'm in one of those moods where I wonder whether there's any beginning to my talents ....

Steve
 

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I had this problem.
I pushed a piece of needle though the hole and then used a strong magnet to “sweep” the insects towards the hole, where a vacuum was more successful.
I now have a bit of needle in the window!!

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