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Leather jackets patio

Hope somebody can help please.

My patio gets covered in thousands of leather jackets when it's wet, they are coming from between the slabs. They nearly all disappear when it dries out.
They don't come out when it's freezing weather but there's more the warmer the night.
Thank you
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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,115
    Is your place new build?
    I remember that happening not long after I moved to my new build house.
    They devastated my lawn one year but that was it really,just see the odd one now and then.

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • MenostarMenostar Posts: 11
    No not a new build, 70+years and I've been here 14, never had them before and they are a fair distance away from the lawn just on the patio
  • MenostarMenostar Posts: 11
    Menostar said:
    No not a new build, 70+years and I've been here 14, never had them before and they are a fair distance away from the lawn just on the patio
    This was taken a few weeks ago, they are now much bigger.
    Patio is on sand/cement, no soil
  • MenostarMenostar Posts: 11
    Just taken this now
  • MenostarMenostar Posts: 11
    Anyone have any ideas how to get rid, we need to walk on the path and sweeping them up they are back again in minutes. Thanks
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,143
    🤔 Have you no birds in your garden?  That lot wouldn’t last 20 minutes around here 🐦 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • In the long term, encouraging birds into the garden may help - lots of food there for them.  The other alternative would presumably be to lay some some of membrane under your patio to stop them ? 
    In the short term, constant sweeping away would seem to be your answer - their life cycle is fairly short and sweet so perhaps for the pleasure of a garden, you may have to live with it.

  • MenostarMenostar Posts: 11
    No birds this end, too close to the house and side fencing I think.

    Will keep sweeping, can't believe how many there are
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,143
    💡 feed the birds near to the patio ... the robin here comes in the back door and shouts at us if it’s open and he thinks we’ve not put enough food out 😆 
    It’ll take time for the birds to get tame but the robin, blackbirds, wrens and dunnocks here would be in seventh heaven with all those grubs ... not to mention the little family of starlings who live under next door’s eaves. 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,115
    Just wondering if the weather has caused an explosion of them?
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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