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HELP! Tiny bugs on my wall!

Post by vic888lam » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:14 am

Hi

I have just noticed on my bedroom wall ( under the aircon unit ) that the white wall as very faint traces of pale brown mottling on it - which I assume is mould :( :( :(
AND upon closer inspection there are tens of very tiny insects - literally 1-2mm long, some not moving at all and some are moving very slowly!
i have been killing them with tissues but over the last few days, more keep coming.

does anyone know what they are? or what i should do????

thank you!

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Post by ev-disinfection » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:17 am

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Interesting, does your air conditioning blower look like this?
If it does, the mold infection could be from your aircon unit.
as for the tiny insects, the moisture + mold must be their food source.

Post a picture of your air con unit and wall, so that we all can have a look.
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Post by longstebe » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:19 pm

Where is this pic from Terry, Beirut?
Jeeeez.

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Post by ev-disinfection » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:32 pm

No, sad to say... it was taken in the master bedroom, rented by a European expat here in Singapore,

His local landlord did not pay to rectify the problem, as he was only renting a room, so the tenant paid. :oops:

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Post by JR8 » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 2:15 pm

We had the same, though without the insects. It was the drain on the air-con in the unit above meaning all our walls in the area were damp and breeding mold.

It was so discreet that it took us well over a year (of chucking out clothes and so on) to realise where the problem came from. bloody nightmare!

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Post by longstebe » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 4:16 pm

Is there a service you can aquire in SG to check sh!t out like this before moving inn?
Makes me ill just looking at it.

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Post by JR8 » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 4:26 pm

Well thats a nice Q in for EV-D innit? :)


Honestly at our place... you didn't see the mold until you put your face on a wall and looked along it, then you saw the kinda champagne/grey 'dappling' of 3-5mm spots. Once you had registered that then you could lie in bed and see the dappling on every wall.

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Post by JR8 » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 4:32 pm

Apart from the gobby cinas, and sharp elbowed aunties on the MRT this ..... no... ...

The mold, and having to throw out stuff must be my biggest irritant about SG. Jeez I move to Europe and now find Timberlands with their soles degraded to dust and my CDs with mold on them (and that's beside the k$ of stuff we just had to throw away)... it's gross.

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Post by longstebe » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 4:39 pm

Just biggin him up mate. :lol:

It's not often I place my face on a wall JR8.
That was a sad one, I know.

I just don't understand some of these landlords, it's their gaff. Why would you not want to fix the problem?
Evil bastards.

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Post by vic888lam » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 5:31 pm

hi everyone
thanks for all your messages.
it isnt the same aircon unit in the one in the pic.. but they kinda do look sort of similar.
today i bought some white vinegar, mixed with some water and washed the walls down with it. the dapply brown/grey mould seems to have gone now - or is it a lot better and the bugs gone for now but will monitor it as the week goes by.

so is it my responsibility to make sure the air con units are serviced more regularly or should it by my landlords responsibility to rectify it??

Thanks guys :)

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Post by vic888lam » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 5:35 pm

And yeh, i'm gutted as i've thrown three pairs of shoes away that had mould on and one of them had loads of those tiny bugs inside??!?!?
i nearly died! I am sooo afraid of insects i just cant bear them.
these arent scary as they are literally tiny little mites - about 1mm long but even so... i dont want them in my flipping shoes!!! :(

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Post by JR8 » Sat, 12 Feb 2011 9:19 pm

Stebe,

We honestly did not realise the severity of the problem until it had been ongoing for (probably) over a year.... maybe from even before we moved in. we didn't get the first or so gray ring on the ceiling until about 3 months before we moved out. The dappling on the walls was very subtle, it was only when we became paranoid that I became attuned to spotting it.

The water leaks in our place came from above. That meant that management had to arbitrate with the owner and tenants above for access and to get it fixed. As she told me (and we got on well I must say), 'last time this happen they just refuse to do anything'.

Vic, remember, you've hit the symptom and not the cause. I'd advise your landlord in writing (keep copies) as it really isn't healthy.... good luck.

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Post by vic888lam » Sun, 13 Feb 2011 2:17 pm

Good point JR8 - thanks for the reminder.
i"ll contact them tomorrow....will keep you all posted as to the progress!
Hope you're all having a great weekend!
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Post by ev-disinfection » Sun, 13 Feb 2011 8:55 pm

longstebe wrote:Is there a service you can aquire in SG to check sh!t out like this before moving inn?
Makes me ill just looking at it.
Well, there are companies doing pre rental / purchase inspections (property).
You just need to know where to look for it.

Vinegar, bleach, acid, radiation will not break into the mold s pore,
It will just remove the visible mold, leaving the spores behind,

Air condition servicing / chemical wash is just cleaning, it is not disinfection.
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