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Little White Mites!!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by tnguyen, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. tnguyen

    tnguyen Arachnopeon

    How do I get rid of these things? I bring my spider into work for the week so I can't change the substrate. Any alternate solutions? Thanks!
  2. Washout

    Washout Arachnolord Old Timer

    Try making a mite trap. Get a small container and poke holes in it that only mites could fit in, then coat the inside in petrolium jelly and put a dead bug in it. When the mites crawl in they should get stuck in the jelly and die.
  3. Vanan

    Vanan Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Wouldn't drying out the substrate help some?
  4. Code Monkey

    Code Monkey Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    It would help a lot. If you're having a constant mite problem then you need to break the chain of reproduction by killing off all of the current crop. Even if you insist that you should be keeping things moist, your T is going to survive a few weeks dry but the mites won't. Once they're gone, then do what you can to prevent a re-infestation (the easiest thing being to keep things dry).
  5. Vanan

    Vanan Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Wooo! I got something right! ;) :p :D
  6. Spaceman_Spiff

    Spaceman_Spiff Arachnoknight Old Timer

    And change the substrate, their eggs can last very long, even under dry conditions!
    Some mites have deutonymphs (special juvenile stages) that are specialized for surviving under bad condition for up to two years!

  7. fyic

    fyic Arachnoknight Old Timer

    so with that said ......how would you say get rid of them ?

  8. Spaceman_Spiff

    Spaceman_Spiff Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Sorry, just realized myself that I did not make a lot of sense with my previous post!
    Let it either dry out and keep it that way or get rid of the infested soil would be my tip!

  9. tnguyen

    tnguyen Arachnopeon

    thanks for the responses! I rememeber somebody said theres a type of bug that eats these mites. Does anybody know bout this?
  10. maxwellxxv

    maxwellxxv Arachnosquire Old Timer

    change the substrate. and keep it dry....as long as there is a water dish I find that all mt Ts do fine in a dry substrate