TRhe usual drill: opened a case that I hadn’t used for a while, and the bow hair was everywhere.
I have read the instructions about repairing, vacuuming, and sunlight. Would it make more sense to use a little dry ice to kill the beasts with carbon dioxide inside the case? Seems better than letting them scurry away onto your carpet.
Got silverfish? I always heard, but never experienced, that they like bow hair.
Hmmm this can also happen just from the glue/wood drying/shrinking within the frog. Do you actually see evidence that the hair was "cut" or bitten, or does it seem like the hair just came loose from within the frog?
Hadn’t looked too carefully at that. But it had not shown trouble for years and suddenly—-
Ifthe horsehairs seem cut of just after a bend in the hair (at the tip end) it is probably mites. Rehair and naphthaline!)
Adrian, I'm not able to find a good source recommending naphthalene as a good means of repelling mites. Permethrin might be an alternative, but for goodness sake, read the label on the product before using it.
They're not mites, they are larvae from the Dermestidae family of beetles. Use insecticide powders only if the process of vacuuming the case then leaving it open near a sunny window for a few days doesn't work. If you do want to go the chemical route, look for "Sawyer's Permethrin" or "Repel Permanone" and follow the directions, after removing everything from the case. Be sure to spray into the accessory pouch/es, pockets, etc. Once dry, you can return your instrument to the case, but the bow should be re-haired before returning it to the case.
Thanks Paul and Karl.
Back to the original question: has anyone tried dry ice instead of moth balls, etc.? Seems more logical.
I have no idea whether dry ice would work. In principle I guess so, but you've got to make sure you're fumigating every nook and cranny where they're hiding. Also I don't know if mites can go dormant when the haven't got oxygen.
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