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I usually store my camera inside the carrying case which I received with my camera. Sometimes the camera lays still for several weeks without any activity.

When I took out the camera recently, I found very small dustmites (which are barely seen) running all over the camera. I tried using silica gel, some local herbs, warming them using the sun light, etc. But they are still there.

How can I get rid of them? The problem would get worse if they get inside the lenses!

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This isn't really an answer but I had a look around Google to see if there's anything out there that could help you without affecting your equipment. In this article it's suggested that one could bait the termites to get rid of them. In essence make the camera/case less appealing. Problem is I think you need a professional to provide that (based on what the article said). –  Peng Tuck Kwok Jan 16 '13 at 6:01
    
@PengTuckKwok Ya I did try google. Didn't give me much help. Only things about electrnic extermination. –  Sid Jan 16 '13 at 6:51
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Hm... Put it in the freezer? –  Guffa Jan 16 '13 at 10:43
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@Guffa I'm afraid of loosing my delicious food as well :) –  Sid Jan 16 '13 at 15:22
    
How stupid would it be to freeze the camera? It must be designed to take it, right? I think I recall somebody taking a photo or two in winter. :-) Anyway, is it unduly risky to pop the buggy mess into a ziplock bag, and pop that into the freezer for a day? Ken –  Ken Huegel Jan 16 '13 at 15:36

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I would suggest taking your camera into a professional for camera cleaning. Who knows how serious the issue is - plus, I mean....termites...are you sure it isn't some other bug?

Either way, I definitely wouldn't use any harsh chemicals or substances on my camera - I would rather spend a little money not to ruin such an expensive device...hence the advice to seek a professional.

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+1 - I too, don't recommend using any chemicals on your camera. –  Omne Jan 16 '13 at 13:19

It could be dust mite instead of termites. Cushion inside the case could be the inhabitat so you better change it to another case. Termites killer such as "Bora-Care" could eradicate them.

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