“Anyone know what this could be? I have found two piles of these … in my daughters’ room.”

Kelli Tarin shared a strange discovery in the Facebook group “Homemaking Tips.” She found two mysterious mounds of fine, dirt-like muck in her daughter’s room and asked for help identifying them. The piles, which appeared quickly after moving into a rented house, resembled anthills or coffee grounds but felt like shells.

The post, published on August 10th, gained over 440,000 reactions and 9,000 comments, but no definitive answers. Suggestions ranged from ant colonies and mouse droppings to termite excrement. Despite consulting pest control agencies, the mystery remained unsolved.

During the investigation, Tarin ensured her daughter slept with her father. After thorough spraying and not finding live roaches, she ruled out termites and mice.

Eventually, a commenter suggested the piles might come from a ruptured lavender bear toy. Tarin remembered a discarded purple bear and found it had a hole, containing the mysterious material. The enigma was solved, showcasing the community’s power and support.