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For the last seven years, when winter comes (and the cold weather) I notice small bugs (about half a millimeter) strolling my classical guitar.

They are whitish and I don't see any apparent damage to the guitar but am concerned that they might damage it somehow and also it bothers me they are there.

Does anyone know what these might be? (and if they damage the instrument somehow, and why only in the winter?)

(The reason I'm asking after so many years is that this site didn't exist then).

I'm not sure this question is appropriate in this site.

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We have a very old Gibson mandolin, and we had a problem with some bugs. The bugs would eat some kind of glue that they used to make the mandolin, and it eventually collapsed in. When our mandolin was repaired a few years back, we left mothballs in the case for a while to keep anything out. The mandolin / case smell like mothballs now, but I haven't noticed any bugs.

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uhhh... hope that's not my case. Did the bugs only appear with cold weather? –  jackJoe Nov 28 '11 at 14:34
    
I looked around the web a bit, and I found these ( archivesalberta.org/vol16_3/cory.htm ) which come out during cold weather and eat glue ( they say normally books, but it could be instruments Iassume ) –  ekaj Nov 28 '11 at 17:40
    
Those glue eating bugs might not be the problem though, it could be something else. There are also two good suggestions here, about taking the bugs somewhere to look at ( disregard the stupid posts and termite ones / spraying pesticides until you know for sure what they are, they could damage your instrument. ( acapella.harmony-central.com/…! ) –  ekaj Nov 28 '11 at 17:43
    
thanks for the great suggestions! Let me wait to see if someone else has some extra thoughts. –  jackJoe Nov 28 '11 at 18:51
    
After some search on the internet and by thoroughly examining my guitar, I'm glad to say that apparently these bugs aren't doing any glue or wood eating. Fortunately I photographed my guitar 10 years ago in detail and used those photos to compare with today's state. I'm inclined to say that the cold weather is just a coincidence, the humidity percent. is higher and I think it would be a factor for these bugs' appearance. I'm going to collect some and take to a science dep., then probably use some leafs/smells to cast them out, and finally groom my guitar more often. Thanks for your reply! –  jackJoe Nov 29 '11 at 15:13
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