Violin Bow Hair Bugs
u ever heard of bugs getting into a stored bow and eating the strings? Do they still make them out of horsehair? Do you think the bugs do not like synthetic hair but love horse hair? My friend declares bugs will eat your bow hair of you keep them in an airtight case~ thanks for your answer Janis D.
I've had these! Very frustrating, bow bugs.
Bow bugs do, indeed, eat bow hair. They eat certain other fibers as well, such as wool carpet. They do not eat synthetic bow hair.
A truly airtight case probably would not help much if the bugs are already there.
Your first step is to get the bow rehaired. Just be sure to treat your case before putting the newly rehaired bow back in!
I'd recommend starting by vacuuming the case very very thoroughly.
Also, leave it open in the sunlight as much as you can.
Household bug/flea sprays work, though you want to be careful not to get it onto the varnish of the instrument or on any bowhair you want to get use out of.
Some violinists use heavy duty coat hooks to hang their instrument away from the floor, where these bugs tend to come from.
Take heart, almost everyone who plays violin has had to deal with these things!