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    a question for the UK members

    I was chatting with my elderly aunt yesterday. She told me that some lady at "the home" told her that England does not have flies. Is this true?
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    ha, ha. maybe the wind blew them away. or they call them something else. This will be interesting to find out! if no one here answers, i'll ask my email friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    ha, ha. maybe the wind blew them away. or they call them something else. This will be interesting to find out! if no one here answers, i'll ask my email friend.
    Oh Yes, I can assure you we do have flies, especially in the warm weather, but not to the extent that we are overrun by them, they are easily dealt with.

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    Erm yes we do have flies , but not really in numbers , unless there is uncovered rubbish then they come for a picnic but also to quell a couple of other things , we have Palm trees where I live , and no fog

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    QuiltNan .... I'll tell you something else England doesn't have much of. Screens on windows. I've stayed in 5 homes in 4 counties, and have seen plenty more ... not a one had screens on their windows. AC is a rarity as well, of course it's not as necessary as it is here in Chicago.

    When Graham's daughter was here she complained about the insects at home because she worked odd shifts so the lights were often on at night and would attract the bugs. So we bought her a roll of screening and sent her home with instructions to make a screen for her bedroom window. Instead ... she bought a chicken and made a coop for it out of the screen!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daisylil View Post
    Erm yes we do have flies , but not really in numbers , unless there is uncovered rubbish then they come for a picnic but also to quell a couple of other things , we have Palm trees where I live , and no fog
    I remember when i visited there once... i was so very surprised to see palm trees!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    QuiltNan .... I'll tell you something else England doesn't have much of. Screens on windows. I've stayed in 5 homes in 4 counties, and have seen plenty more ... not a one had screens on their windows. AC is a rarity as well, of course it's not as necessary as it is here in Chicago.

    When Graham's daughter was here she complained about the insects at home because she worked odd shifts so the lights were often on at night and would attract the bugs. So we bought her a roll of screening and sent her home with instructions to make a screen for her bedroom window. Instead ... she bought a chicken and made a coop for it out of the screen!!
    I guess that's what my aunt's friend was saying... open windows at night with no screens. LOL on the chicken coop.
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    thanks, all, for your replies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    I was chatting with my elderly aunt yesterday. She told me that some lady at "the home" told her that England does not have flies. Is this true?
    TIA
    No, sadly we have loads of different flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    I remember when i visited there once... i was so very surprised to see palm trees!!
    Yes we have palm trees even right up in the North West of Scotland, they make full use of the Gulf Stream! Here in Wales we get flies but if your house is clean not enough to worry about or use screens, unless you are allergic to midges, which I am. They are not too bad here but in Scotland they are a real menace to the extent that the Soldiers in Inverness barracks are given Avon Skin so Soft spray to keep them away http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottis...ines-1-1403152

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    As others have said before we do have flies but you would only ever find the odd one flying around the house. We really don't need screens cos there is nothing to keep out. At night if you have the light on and windows open you may get a moth or two but that is about it. If there are a lot of trees around you will get midges (they love me, I am like fillet steak to them lol) but that is about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannyquilter View Post
    As others have said before we do have flies but you would only ever find the odd one flying around the house. We really don't need screens cos there is nothing to keep out. At night if you have the light on and windows open you may get a moth or two but that is about it. If there are a lot of trees around you will get midges (they love me, I am like fillet steak to them lol) but that is about it.
    Gotta ask...what are midges..mosquitoes or gnats?? lol
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    I was so surprised several years ago when I was walking the pathways, It was close to dusk and I was walking along a canal -- and NO mosquitos!!!! Then I started to think -- I hadn't seen insect eating birds either. That was in southern UK but I don't remember getting eaten alive in other parts of the UK on my other walks. Here in Maine, we have black fly season, and mosquito times every evening. I live on the water so maybe I have more than some areas.

    But I do love it here in the summer.

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    These comments made me smile (in a good way) I live in the south of UK, I do have screens on my windows in summer, people near me think I'm odd but its to keep my terrier happy, she is terrified of anything flying/buzzing indoors!!!!!!
    Another strange thing happens at end of July early August when the ants fly - only last a few days but is very unpleasant at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labtechkty View Post
    Gotta ask...what are midges..mosquitoes or gnats?? lol
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_midge hope this helps, I live on the Isle of Anglesey next to a Nature reserve and we have huge clouds of midges here, it drives visitors away as they are such a nuisance, and painful if they like you!

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    Hi Guys,

    Not only do we get flies, we now get mosquitos... which I am allergic to!!!!!

    Yes we have palm trees, and lots of other plants that you may not think we can grow..... I am growing lemon trees at the moment and they are doing very well.

    Hugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinePaj View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Not only do we get flies, we now get mosquitos... which I am allergic to!!!!!

    Yes we have palm trees, and lots of other plants that you may not think we can grow..... I am growing lemon trees at the moment and they are doing very well.

    Hugs

    Caroline
    It just goes to prove the climate changes, whilst I lived in Scotland, I moved here 7 years ago, I grew palms, NZ Bottle plants etc; with great success, even had a grape vine in a sheltered spot in the back garden, but wasn't there long enough to see if it fruited.

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    I lived in England for almost 2 years. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to open the windows on my "semi-detached" home, no screens, and let the breezes blow without getting flies and mosquitoes in the house. I lived in 3 different places in the West Midlands, and they were all the same: no screens, no bugs to speak of. Loved it!
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    I looked up midges. They sound like miserable pests. I'll take my few annoying flies to those midges any day!

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    They are like our "no-see-ums" black flies

    Nasty things that bite in the corners of your eyes as well as everywhere else.
    Our big problem on the northern east coast of the US is the deer ticks which, after they bite, if not taken of right away can cause Lyme disease. Many problems -- mental, nerve and muscle inflamation and can last forever. We watch carefully every time we come in after working or walking outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryellen2u View Post
    I looked up midges. They sound like miserable pests. I'll take my few annoying flies to those midges any day!

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