Wodden Flute - tiny ‘mites’ crawling on/in it…
Hi all, kind of an embarrassing question really, but here goes: I have a Murray Flute, and I took it out of the box to play yesterday, but I saw lots of little white ‘dots’ in and around the mouth-piece. Looking closer, I could see they were moving. The seem to be tiny (fraction of a millimetre) mites. I have a cannon camera (great for Macro photos), but they are so small I was unable to focus very well on any (don’t have a magnifying glass either). as best I can see, they have legs, not wings, but don’t seem to be flea’s.
So - just wondering if anyone might have any ideas as to what these little critters might be? They’re white, don’t fly, don’t hop…just crawl around. About 50 of them inside and outside of the flute.
Just for the record 🙂 I’m clean, and so is my house, and I clean down the flute after use, and from time to time also, so I’m thinking something ‘got in’ (maybe while taking a break at a pub session) and laid some eggs or whatever. I flushed the mites out, but I don’t know if there might be more ‘eggs’ hidden in somewhere. I’m really just worried that they might somehow cause damage to the flute.
(embarrassed) Andy :(