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cheryl96s
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We have this "bug" that inches up our walls, typically in darker rooms, and they are everywhere this year. So here goes my crazy description of this odd little thing....."light gray, elongated thin oval shape, no legs, has a tongue or arm like thing that it uses to creep with". Craziest thing ever! It's almost like a cocoon but nothing ever comes out of them. I usually go around sucking them up with the vacuum!

What are they, and how do I get rid of them?? HELP! 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : November 26, 2010 11:57 am
billd
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I don't know but I have them also. I vac them up.

billd

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Posted : November 26, 2010 12:22 pm
LuckyGirl56
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I've got them too! Would love to know what they are. Seem to like dark, dank places like under the concrete stairs outside and in the storage rooms. I vacuum them up too.

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Posted : November 26, 2010 12:33 pm
redeyesadie
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Can someone post a photo?

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Posted : November 26, 2010 5:05 pm
islandjoan
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I researched it and found out what they are called! (I have always wondered myselft)

Plaster bagworm or household casebearer!

From google images:
http://www.google.co.vi/images?hl=en&biw=1115&bih=664&q=plaster%20bagworm%20or%20casebearer&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

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Posted : November 26, 2010 5:46 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Here's a clip.
Very strange little bug. Seems harmless but annoying to see on the walls.

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Posted : November 26, 2010 5:59 pm
cheryl96s
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That's it! Okay, so now how do we get rid of them? They are ALL over one of our rooms! YUK

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Topic starter Posted : November 27, 2010 12:04 pm
LuckyGirl56
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Yup. That's it alright. Solutions anyone?

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Posted : November 27, 2010 4:31 pm
Linda J
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Sweep or vaccuum them up. They are pretty inoffensive.

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Posted : November 27, 2010 6:48 pm
stjohnjulie
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How about moth balls or cedar? Since they are a moth, seems like anything that keeps moths away would work. Funny, I hadn't seen any of these guys in along time and a couple hours after reading this post, there one was. Maybe it's their season??? Does anyone notice that you have more of them certain times of the year?

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Posted : November 28, 2010 5:28 am
jickes
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Hey everyone, I'm from Mobile, AL, just moved here we used to have those in the bathroom back home. They really are harmless, even if they are annoying. There they would come in year round though.

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Posted : November 28, 2010 11:26 am
cheryl96s
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from what I have read about these little guys is that they like dark rooms, moisture and natural fibers. Solution is to run AC, dehumidifiers and more frequent vacuuming them up! In the past few months I have noticed several small holes in my suits and other things like cotton tee shirts, so cedar sounds like it might work for when they turn into moths.
They may be inoffensive but they are not inexpensive when they start ruining clothes 🙁

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Topic starter Posted : November 28, 2010 11:50 am
stjohnjulie
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Ok, I could be totally wrong on this, but I thought I read that they don't eat when they become moths. They only eat when they are in their little "bag". I had put some mothballs in the closet, still in their plastic bag, and they seemed to get rid of pretty much everything. Their smell is pretty offensive, that is why I left them in the bag...but they still seemed to work.

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Posted : November 29, 2010 5:25 am
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