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Bow hair for lunch ?
What's been eating my bow hair ?
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August 20, 2014 - 12:19 am
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Welp , I had been warned by several sources and sure enough bunny-headbang....carpet beattle  larve love bow hair and like to emerge from cacoons inside a violin where they dine on glue as well ...fortunately cedar rings are a cheap cure bananaand can be had at Walmart for a dozen at $2.50 ....plenty to go around ...found where the coat hangers etc are at ...good for other little critters too ...just put one or two inside yer case ...violin-1267Have fun ...Be happyIMG_2510.JPGImage Enlarger

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August 20, 2014 - 12:46 am
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Hi Tucs

I never leave a violin or bow in a case. Bow bugs like it dark.

If you suspect a case has bugs put it in the sun for a few hours.

Had now bugs once but never since doing the above :)

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

Michigan, USA

August 20, 2014 - 6:24 am
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Yeah, I never put my bows in a case or even my violins for that matter. Years ago I had my bow rehaired, put it away in the case and six months later opened the case and there was hair everywhere.

Ferret is right, they don't like light.



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August 20, 2014 - 3:34 pm
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This is good information.  I have my bows out because I play every day..and the three that I don't use are just sitting on my desk on the retractable keyboard holder.  Those same type beetles have done some damage to some of my woolen projects though, I am familiar with the damage they can cause.

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November 2, 2014 - 10:23 am
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I've never had bugs before.smilesmilesmile

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November 2, 2014 - 11:59 am
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oh they are nasty little critters with a voracious appetite for bow hair. The lay the eggs all over in your case and in your violin. Sunlight and playing regularly are the BEST options. the cedar rings will do its job, but take some time. By all means do not use moth balls. Those are extremely poisonous to them and YOU. Not to mention the lingering odor on your bow, violin and case for long many months.

Vacuum the case out REALLY well multiple times. let it sit a few days with nothing in it, then vacuum it again. leave it in sunlight or as bright a light as you have for as long a period as you can.

MY bows hang on the wall with my violins. I have never had a problem with them up there. nice plants around, bright, keeps the violins in sight so I am more apt to play them more often and longer.  

I have to concur with everyone above .. except happyjet - because I have seen them  ;)       :(

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