Very strange egg like thing in my patio doors

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Old 07-12-15, 09:50 AM
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Very strange egg like thing in my patio doors

I moved in to this apartment and few days later I found this "Egg" like thing in between the glass of my patio sliding door. As usual the apartment guys come and say it is not harmful and at the same time they don't know what it is. So somehow they have no idea what it is and also know that it is not harmful.

Anyone know what it is?

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Old 07-12-15, 10:23 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

You mean hundreds of egg like things ?
I keep coming back to a moth larvae or egg..... or southern green stink bug eggs.
 
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I am not even sure if it egg or something else. I am not sure what can I do next. Any suggestion?
 
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Old 07-12-15, 01:29 PM
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Pete, this would count well into the hundreds of thousands if it spanned the entire door, IMO. Could it be a deteriorating door part causing vermiculite or styrofoam beads to fall into the cavity?? Truly weird.
 
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I would take a scraper and scrape them into a plastic bag, spray raid on them to be safe then throw them away. They do almost look like Styrofoam beads like Chandler had said.
 
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Old 07-12-15, 01:57 PM
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EnragedChef, welcome to the forums! The OP stated they were between the panes of glass in his sliding door. He couldn't just "scrape" them up as they are in a semi sealed containment.
 
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My apologies. I thought I read they were in between the glass and the screen. Then I guess that solution wont work.
 
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Old 07-12-15, 02:08 PM
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Looks like fertilizer to me...

It would be scary if they were eggs and hatched........
 
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I would think along the lines of styrofoam beads as Larry suggested and I would suspect carpenter ants building a nest in that styrofoam. I've seen mounds of sawdust where those critters hauled it over to an electrical hole and dumped it down.

Does your house have a layer of styrofoam under the siding or as part of the insulation?

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Old 07-12-15, 02:26 PM
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If it's a double pane door, can't see how ant's could get in, or even how any degrading styrofoam could fall in.

I'd like to see a few pics from a bit further back
 
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Old 07-12-15, 02:51 PM
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That's the dessicant that is usually inside the aluminum spacer.... and the "fertilizer" guess was pretty close. Dessicant is nitrogen based and is used to absorb any moisture that is in the ambient air between the panes at the time the two panes are sealed together. The aluminum spacer must have developed a crack somewhere and the beads have spilled out.
 
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Old 07-12-15, 03:04 PM
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Here is a tray of dessicant beads...

 
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Old 07-12-15, 03:10 PM
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And a better explanation if anyone is interested...

Role of Desiccants | Glass Magazine

I guess it's "possible" that someone intentionally put the dessicant in there as a corn-ball way to try and temporarily fix a fogged IGU. I say corn-ball because its just delaying the inevitable, and you would have to remove the glass to insert the dessicant so why go to all that work when you could have just replaced the glass?

Kind of funny they would tell you it's harmless if they don't know what it is. That sounds fishy and makes me wonder if they know what it is and are just trying to snow you.
 
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Not insect or animal related.
 
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Old 07-13-15, 07:05 AM
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I've seen this before. It's and insulation/blind mechanism. Many years ago I saw a video about how it was to revolutionize the thermo ability of a window and double as a shade. You should have a blower mechanism attached to the window or door to blow the beads in and out of the window.

Either that or its Aliens from the stars making ready to invade us.
 
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