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BOW BUG CAPTURED! ALIVE
Here's a few pics of the villainous "bow bug" that's been killing my violin bows!
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Those are exactly what I found in my old case.  Several dead ones, so more must be around.  The case went out in the trash last week once I received my new one from Fiddlershop.  I'm going to be keeping an eye out for these critters and hope I don't find any in our house!

Since it has been on the case for 21 years, it's hard to know if it happened in the house we are in now, or the old house (?)

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djroger I have had those critters in my house from time to time... never have they made it to my cases.  They are more so after my woolen knits...  I know they don't like cedar.. a little cedar block in your case wouldn't hurt... I keep my bows hung on my violin music stand and on a table.  I am afraid of keeping them in the case since I have had the munchy little devils munch on my lace knits and socks.

Good luck for NO MORE chompin'

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Holy Cow !!!  Yesterday I noticed a hair got loose on my bow (ok - it was actually two).  I thought it was due to a drop of water (no- not beer, water) that happened the other day--  JUST NOW NOTEST I GOT BUGS !!!!! 

* side note-  case is new- bugs are old- a good vacuum is priceless !

and without this topic, I might not have known what was happening- I'm sure pics are not necessary...... 

I swear- someday I will be playing as well as my imagination 

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Fiddlerman
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June 27, 2016 - 1:31 pm
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I loose a minimum of one hair out of my bow a day but closer to 5. :)
Don't worry about it. It's very normal to loose bow hairs.

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but the one who needs the least."

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I wasn't worried about the bow- it's the critters that I  wanted to see sucked into the vaccuum  LOL

I swear- someday I will be playing as well as my imagination 

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Fiddlerman
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Did you succeed? :)

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well, I believe I actually did- 5 little buggers in the bag, and it's been a while, but I'm watching for the bow bug egg gestation period to end.  LOL-  I have no idea how long that is, but it can't be all that long.  

I swear- someday I will be playing as well as my imagination 

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New turf for me. I don't know much about those bugs. Could you take a closeup picture of one of the bugs? I am curious as to what exactly they are.

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New turf for me. I don't know much about those bugs. Could you take a closeup picture of one of the bugs? I am curious as to what exactly they are.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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 Oh - Pierre - check out https://fiddlerman.com/forum/b.....red-alive/ from @cdennyb - hmm - I think it was actually the original post in this thread as it happens - ugly little sods !   LOL    My bows are only enclosed in a case when we are travelling - so even then it's only at most a day - and besides - we don't have carpets here anyway - if that's where they come from - all hard-flooring here -  improves the sound you know (LOL) - it was all in my plan when we renovated this property !!!! - P.S. Don't tell my good lady Debbie !    LOLOL....

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Fiddlerman
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That is so funny. Great pictures and job Dennis. LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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Thank you Pierre, and yes... those little pesky critters are a real bother and very destructive. My original post on this thread has many pictures of them, some from under the microscope for those just tuning in.

It's been a long while now and still no bug damage so I think I got rid of them for good now...or at least until the next ones come int he door from some case other than mine.clap

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I have seen these bugs before. They were really bad at a place I lived in back in 1986-1987, where I first noticed these carpet beetle/bow bugs. I did not know they were beetle larvae though. I had guessed they were some type of small moth larva.

I have not see these bugs as often after I moved out of that place back in 1987, but I still see them from time to time. I believe I have even seen them a couple times while living here at this new place (I have been here just a bit over 3 years now).

SO... I know they are here, lurking about somewhere! Creeping around in the dark of the night while I sleep. Just because I have not seen one in a long while does not mean that they all left. It just means that the smart ones survived. While the dumb ones that got caught did not. Well, unless I was really lucky and got the last of them a while back.

I have seen no evidence of these bugs getting to my bows yet, but I will be on the lookout for this now, for sure.

MACJR

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Fiddlerman
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I do not believe I have seen them. I guess I can consider myself lucky. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Thinking back, I am not sure if I have seen bow bugs at this new place, or not. I think maybe, but if I did, it must have been more than a year or two ago. Maybe they all died out? There were no bows to eat here back then. ;)

Of course, I know that bow bugs eat other things... like, believe it or not, rattlesnake rattles. I used to have one of those, but those bugs turned it into dust (we can call it dust, that sounds less disgusting). I found out too late what was going on. They also ate a dead scorpion I had kept as a souvenir. I had killed it with an unfolded paperclip (my coworkers at the fish hatchery thought I was nuts - they were probably right). By the way, I am less likely to kill wildlife now than when I was younger, but I will still defend myself and others from danger.

And a correction, not that it matters to anyone, but that place I first remember seeing these bugs was an apartment I lived in back in 1987-1988. A year later than I said before.

MACJR

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MACJR said
I did not know they were beetle larvae though.

  

Yes, its a larva. This wiki article has pictures of the adult and larval forms. 

Andrew

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About the first post I made on this forum was a thread on a proposed method of eliminating bow bugs by adding a bit of boric acid to rosin.  Talk about arousing haters. I quickly abandoned that idea.  I still think that it would work.

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