Those pesky bugs inside the outside light globes

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Don't you just get tired of cleaning out those outside night light globes?  I did and I thought 'what can I do to keep those bugs out and not have to clean them so regularly.  If your light globes are anything like mine, they don't fit real tightly against the base thus allowing bugs, spiders, etc. to get in and die, piling up and eventually causing dimness in the light out put. Solution:  go to the hardware store and get some 1/4 inch weatherstripping, the foam type with the paper back that covers the sticky surface.  After cleaning out your globe for the last time, dry it thoroughly, fit the foam up to the inside of the fixture, (after cleaning the fixture surface also) (don't stretch it!) cut it, peel off the paper tape and stick it to the fixture where the globe will fit.  Make fure the foam is sticking to the fixture. Place the globe up against the tape and fixture and tighten the globe carefully, but firmly. Wallaaa, the bugs can't get in and the lights will remain bright.  While you are cleaning the fixture and you have the light bulb out, it makes sense to replace the bulbs also, with the coiled flourescent bulbs which don't use as much current nor do they give off as much heat. A win-win situation, except for the insects!!! When San Antonio Virtual Tours are produced, it doesn't show well when the outside lights are full of bugs or the night shots aren't as bright and crisp as they should be due to the forementioned problems. To see an outstanding virtual tour with night shots, visit and on page one, view the first featured tour.

Lisa Orme
The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY - Windsor, CT
Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu

I spend a lot of time on my front porch in the evenings--I'll be looking forward to trying out this solution! Thanks

Jul 19, 2010 10:55 AM
kelly kernick
Discover Real Estate - Calgary, AB

I have always wondered how they even get in there:) I'm gonna try your fix. Thanks for the post!

Jul 19, 2010 10:58 AM
Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

Well thanks much for the tip.  I hate those things, and I usually end up sitting there saying to myself that one of these days I am gonna get up there and clean em out.  lol

Jul 19, 2010 10:58 AM

thanks. I just cleaned mine, and it already looks horrible. I don't know if I have enough room to apply the weather stripping, but you definitely helped me out.

Aug 26, 2018 09:45 PM