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For a few years I have had groups of these spots on the outside of my house. I first noticed them on the pole by my front door. I tried to wipe them off, and it was kind of sticky. I tried to look them up on google, but since I didn't really know how to describe them, didn't have much luck. The closest I could find was that it is some type of fungus that could originate from compost or soil. The problem is that the pictures they were describing look like bigger bumps (for lack of a better way to describe them), and darker. The ones on my house are always in groups.
I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I read over the names of other topics, and couldn't tell where it should go. Thanks for your help.
I get these on my house sometimes too. I believe them to be some kind of spider eggs. Although I can't find a picture of them online so they could be some other bug I suppose, it's just because of their location I always thought they were some kind of spider.
Thanks for all your replies. I had an unplanned surgery, and haven't been on here for almost a month. Gitagal, I read about artilery fungus back when I first noticed them. The reason I don't think that's what this is, is because the artilery fungus looks black and seems to cover a large area. The spots on my house are grayish/tannish, and a group of many spots is about the size of a nickel. Themoonhowl, I will try to get a close up picture and post it. Thanks again, everyone.
themoonhowl, I tried taking close up pictures, but they are all blurry. My camera is a pretty simple one. I can't figure out how to get it close up and clear. I'll see if I can get some help. Thanks for the suggestion. A close up would definitely make it easier for it to hopefully be identified.
Just an idea. It looks like something wet was on the siding, like bird poop, but it contained the small
seeds or granules.
Then the wet/moisture dried out leaving only the granules. I know sea gulls are notorious poopers on cars and anything else.
Like i said--a wild supposition.
Have you picked one of those dark thingies off to see if it is a seed?
Have you tried washing these spots off with soap and water? Did it work?
Gita, I tried to wipe it off with my hand back when I first noticed them, but they were sticky...yuck! This is on the underside of my porch, so it's not in a location where a bird could poop. However, the bird poop is a good idea, as I understand what you mean about them leaving things behind. I can always tell when birds have eaten berries. :) Thanks and I appreciate you taking the time to throw out ideas. I've really been grasping at straws because they seem to crop up overnight.
themoonhowl, I bet you are spot-on. There are several groups of these around my house. I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle with moths. It's been going on for over a year. This is going on my husband's "invisible" honey-do list. (I'm still recovering from surgery, so it's hard for me to reach up.) Since the first time I tried to wipe them off and they were sticky, I haven't touched them. Thank you so much!!