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Mouldy locust pack?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Julianaxx, Jan 10, 2019 at 6:04 PM.

  1. Julianaxx

    Julianaxx Arachnopeon

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    I brought a pack of locusts from my local pet store a few days ago and as I was going to feed my T’s I noticed that the whole pack was mouldy and the two locusts that were in there were dead, this has never happened before and I didn’t do anything different, the rest of the locusts that I brought I put into a larger enclosure as soon as I got them but I don’t think I’ll be feeding them to my T’s as they could of also been exposed to the mould. Any thoughts on what could have caused it and how to prevent it in the future? Thanks.
     

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  2. As long as we're not talking mould on the locusts to the extent it makes them look like cotton balls, I'd feed them. (If the locusts looked like cotton balls, um, rinse them off? lol)
    Mould will die off eventually if allowed to dry out -- ventilating your feeder enclosure.
    Mould is a fact of life, the best you can do is ventilate and no keep things overly damp from here on out.
     
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  3. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Why? A little mould isn't going to hurt the tarantula.

    Read this.

    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/all-you-need-to-know-about-mold.313315/

    Probably covered in the above linked thread but locusts are actually pretty disgusting (which is why I haven't used them for years), their faeces is wet and takes an age to dry out and the pre-packs that feeders come in don't always have the best ventilation, dead feeders tend to mould as well.

    Basically;

    Nutrients (dead locusts/faeces) + moisture (faeces) + poor air circulation = mould
     
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  4. Julianaxx

    Julianaxx Arachnopeon

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    Thanks, I think I was just worried because I read somewhere that some types of mould can be harmful to humans so I just thought it might be harmful to my T as well.
     
  5. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Old Timer

    Moulds that are harmful to humans/mammals are so because they can get into our lungs, which are warm and moist - perfect for growing bacteria.

    Mould will not harm a healthy T. A lot of my enclosures have fungi of different sorts present in them.
     
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  6. Julianaxx

    Julianaxx Arachnopeon

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    Okay, thank you for the info. Also what would you suggest as an alternative to locusts?
     
  7. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Crickets
    Dubia roaches
    Red runners
    Mealworms
    Superworms
    Waxworms
     
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  8. dragonfire1577

    dragonfire1577 Arachnobaron Active Member

    Also gonna suggest orange head roaches, and younger hissers since orange heads are meatier and spazzier than dubias and young hissers are soft, don't really dig and despite being able to climb won't last long after escape anyway.
     
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  9. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Old Timer

    Roaches are always a good choice! I don't think anyone was saying locusts are bad... they just need to be kept with a lot of ventilation.
     
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  10. Julianaxx

    Julianaxx Arachnopeon

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    Aren’t there different types of roaches? Which would be best? And yeah my T hasn’t had any problems with locusts but they’re a bit difficult to keep sometimes.
     
  11. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Any feeder roach....ts do not care....you have had 4 differrent comminly kept species already suggested....dubia, red runners, orange head and hissers....but literally any feeder roach species is a good feeder.
     
  12. Teal

    Teal Arachnoking Old Timer

    The T doesn't have a preference... so the "best" is based on your choice alone. Dubia freeze so don't always elicit a good feeding response, lateralis ("red runners") are fast and people worry about escapees infesting homes, etc. I keep about half a dozen different roach species... they are neat animals in their own right, in addition to their usefulness as feeders.
     
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  13. Zevil

    Zevil Arachnopeon

    I don't feef my dubia roaches to my tarantulas, I usually use red runners. You can prevent escapees by using a small container to scoop up a red runner running around in the colony bin and dump it in your tarantula's enclosure. For the life of me, I can never pick a red runner up with tweezers or tongs, I wonder how people do it.
     
  14. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Basically, I'm Mr Miyagi ;)
     
  15. Zevil

    Zevil Arachnopeon

    Lol. As a Chinese, this is embarrassing.
     
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