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sportse

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Flies!
« on: October 27, 2021, 12:49:24 PM »
I'd heard about yellow cars attracting wasps, but my white Jazz seems to be a magnet for flies!

Wherever I park, mostly in the country, the car is covered in flies when I return - perhaps they like to sunbathe as the white reflects on to them?

I've never had a white car before, perhaps they are on all cars but you don't see them with darker colours?


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Re: Flies!
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2021, 01:08:11 PM »
Change your wax, maybe it smells like ....... :)
Let's be careful out there !

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2021, 01:25:36 PM »
A white house on a hillside can attract swarms of ladybirds looking nooks and crannies to over winter.  (Thousands of them)   . May be the same for flies .   

      I seemed to get more squashed flies  than normal on the front of my white EX. Maybe because there is less grill to hide them (or cook them) .Or they dont hear you coming.
Sorry if its too long winded. I failed my brevity exam at school. Ran out of paper.

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2021, 01:40:24 PM »
I just looked at your photo.  They're all along the door top.  This must be the warmest place.      Or maybe they like the smell of new rubber door trim.

This is not as daft as it sounds.   Cars  on continental europe sometimes have their wiring chewed over night  by stone martens   (Like pine martens)    .   In the past the problem was worse on cars from Asia because they used  Fish based glue in the wiring looms , or something that smelled very like it.      I know of an Opel Corsa that this spring had  a front abs sensor wire chewed through by a mouse.  (In Bulgaria)

It only took 2 days for a spider to take up residence in my Ex door mirror . I suppose it could be a Japanese spider .
« Last Edit: October 27, 2021, 01:47:47 PM by Lord Voltermore »
Sorry if its too long winded. I failed my brevity exam at school. Ran out of paper.

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2021, 01:49:36 PM »

      I seemed to get more squashed flies  than normal on the front of my white EX. Maybe because there is less grill to hide them (or cook them) .Or they dont hear you coming.

I get this too - after a trip of only 50 miles on the motorway I need to wipe down the front/screen as there are more dead flies on any car I've ever had!

It's strange, at 70mph it shouldn't be any different to any other car but perhaps the aerodynamics somehow splat flies.

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2021, 01:56:18 PM »
Also experienced the same twice in a parking lot, but no photo taken. The flies weren't really photogenic...
Stay on the right side of the road (I mean here, mainland Europe, the >>> RIGHT side).

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2021, 05:54:03 PM »
.....    I know of an Opel Corsa that this spring had  a front abs sensor wire chewed through by a mouse. ...
Someone I do work for had a "battery not charging" fault being flagged in their Volvo. I checked it out and couldn't find a problem with the charging. A Volvo dealership diagnosed a failed alternator (£750 please ..., the customer's response had "off" as the second word).
They took it to an independent.  It was actually down to the wiring being chewed by mice/rats. They live in the countryside (the people and the mice... ). Rodents tend to like pvc.

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2021, 07:14:27 PM »
... Washed the car today and spent more time swishing the midges away than actually cleaning  :o ;D
MY22 Jazz EX - Sunlight W

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2021, 08:18:25 AM »
Change your wax, maybe it smells like ....... :)
Actually… when I got my car it came with a different shampoo as part of the lifeshine pack.

I’ll try my old shampoo and see if it makes a difference.

Both Autoglym, but the one with the lifeshine was supposed to be the higher quality more expensive shampoo.

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2021, 10:18:32 AM »
Looks like that front panel will get more wear and tear than usual from washing off bugs.  I didnt get the dealership applied protective  coating  (ripoff IMO).   But it may be a good idea to apply some extra protective sealant or wax to that area, and maybe the boot.  In fact I'll go and do it now....
Sorry if its too long winded. I failed my brevity exam at school. Ran out of paper.

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2021, 11:57:39 AM »
Already given mine a good few layers of good quality wax :)
Let's be careful out there !

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2021, 12:26:17 PM »
Is this a white car thing? White reflects heat, methinks. So relatively warm perhaps for a fly on a cooler day?

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2021, 12:45:26 PM »
Is this a white car thing? White reflects heat, methinks. So relatively warm perhaps for a fly on a cooler day?
Yes - a sort of sun-bed for flies!

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2021, 01:18:57 PM »
Now, that's a wonderful idea!

Who's serving the drinks? You or me?

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Re: Flies!
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2021, 01:32:03 PM »
I got some stuff from Halfords for removing bugs, bird er.. deposits, and tar. I've had it years and can't remember what it was called as I had to decant it into a better spray bottle. But it is luminous green and forms a foam when you use it. Spray onto the target, leave for a few seconds, then mop it up. It is incredibly effective. Might have been Simoniz Bug Shifter.

Edited to correct the word 'spray' to 'foam'.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2021, 02:58:36 PM by richardfrost »

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