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 bug infestation
Author: claribex 
Date:   2007-09-12 18:56

I had a phone call tonight from a student in a panic because her clarinet case and clarinet seems to be infested with some sort of bug. They look like tiny white dots-but they move!
The instrument (Buffet RC) is kept next to a piano (which also has some of these bugs on the back). It has been kept in the same place for about a year but the bugs have only just appeared.
I haven't seen the instrument yet but obviously am worried!!

I have never come across this before- what are they?
What can be done to get rid of them?
The clarinet has not been used much recently- have these bugs come from something in the house?

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 Re: bug infestation
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2007-09-12 19:31

That's glycophagus domesticus, the house mite.

They like damp environments (ie they eat fungus). Thoroughly and regularly air the apartment, and let instruments dry before you pack them in the case.


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 Re: bug infestation
Author: Ski 
Date:   2007-09-13 07:10

I have a collection of paper ephemera where everything is mounted on black pages, making book lice (little moving white dots of an insect) easy to see. Could it possible be those?

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 Re: bug infestation
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2007-09-13 12:26

Man, that's almost enough to make you want to quit playing, or put your instrument in a ziplock bag........


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 Re: bug infestation
Author: C2thew 
Date:   2007-09-13 17:34

ca you get any pictures of them?

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. they are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which was already but too easy to arrive as railroads lead to Boston to New York
-Walden; Henry Thoreau

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