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lawnlady3
Staten Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9288004

Found infestation of small white bugs that looked exactly like grains of white rice moving fairly quickly to get back under (& into?) a wet cardboard box after I moved it off the walkway (cement and slate) near the shed. Moved too fast to get a picture. The box was very wet as we somehow left it outside when we went on vacation. Seemed to be perhaps a juvenile insect - BUT - I very know very little about insects.

I am extremely afraid something may be infesting plants in shed, so any information will be very much appreciated!

Thanks!


kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 28, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9288832

sounds more like a maggot, fly larvae

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2012
9:30 AM

Post #9289864

It does to me, too. 'Like grains of rice' is how they're generally described.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9290257

Well, today I saw white 'ants' moving away from the low ground in the garden, they just haven't been in the sun and just hatched, but they are tiny and recognizable...
lawnlady3
Staten Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 18, 2012
9:45 PM

Post #9336774

Thanks very much for your replies! Luckily once box & contents were discarded we never saw them again.

Do maggots eat cardboard? The contents of the box were not edible...

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 18, 2012
10:22 PM

Post #9336784

If there was something dead in the box, they could have eaten whatever it was and you'd see no remains.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9336912

Cockroaches can survive on glue behind the wallpaper, maggots, usually require dead meats or even living raw wounds. White ants- termites- live on the cardboard and wood of the sheds, carpenter ants are much larger than sugar ants, but maggots look like little fat rice grains...I cannot link you to a picture- but you should try googling pix-

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 19, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9337124

Maggots do not eat living flesh. They eat the dead matter around them.

I suppose we can mark this, technically, solved. :-)

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9337274

Never seen them in a living wound have ya? They can keep it really clean and keep it from healing.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 19, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9337643

Yes, they do. By eating the dead tissue.

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