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raid ( pest killer)

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by ballpython2, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    I had black ants infesting my tarantula walk in closet.

    in one of the tanks I had to use raid ( I used the raid on the back porch away from my other tarantulas soit wouldntbe air born)

    How do I properly clean the tank so ALL raid smell is gone..

    I tried to clean it with Fantasik (all purpose) then I left it over night on the back porch to air out..

    then i tested it by putting a cricket in there and within 15-20 minutes of the cricket being in there (After I cleaned it ) the cricket died...

    how do i clean it PROPERLY so this wont happen to a T?
  2. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i would do a multistep process

    first i would scrub it out with a dilute bleach solution.

    then i would scrub it out with a dilute soap solution.

    then i would scrub it out with a moderately strong baking soda solution.

    then i would rinse and soak, rinse and soak, rinse and soak, rinse and soak with hot water.

    sun dry.

    one thing, you don't want to directly apply any of the cleaning products directly to the tank. you want to make the solution in a different container and then apply it with a rag or something. make sure whatever rag or sponge you use doesn't have freaky stuff on it.

    if you can still smell anything when you are "done" then you aren't and you have to do it all again

    this might seem a little extreme but you don't want to slowly poison one of your bugs and this is the best way i know how to avoid that
  3. Tunedbeat

    Tunedbeat Arachnolord

    Why would you use it on the tank?
    You should have just cleaned it out with new substrate,etc.. And then, sanitize the tank with water/bleach.
  4. Nitibus

    Nitibus Arachnodemon

    All of the above but give extra care with " sun dry ". Pyrethrum Extract the most common Raid ingredient becomes inert with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

    I'd also do a bathing in vinegar myself in between the final rises.

    Considering how inexpensive tanks are compared to T's, I wouldn't take a chance and just get a new enclosure. Yet that can be cost prohibative.

    Just my $ 0.02
  5. GoTerps

    GoTerps Arachnoking Old Timer

    All good advice, but like Tunedbeat said, I don't understand why you had to spray Raid in the tank? To kill ants?? Seems pointless to me, unless I'm missing something.

  6. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    Ok so I'll just clean it out a few times but leave it outside for at least a week since I'm going to do this I'll just buy a new tank in the process.

    This is a pain in the neck.

    Thanks for everyone's opinion
  7. Amanda

    Amanda Arachnolord Old Timer

    You can probably get the glass clean, but I doubt the silicone joints will ever be pesticide-free.
  8. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    so basically im better off throwing it away?
  9. Amanda

    Amanda Arachnolord Old Timer

    Your cricket test seemed pretty effective the first time. I would try that again at the very least.
  10. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    so clean it throughly then try the cricket test again is what your sayin basically?
  11. Hedorah99

    Hedorah99 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Truthfully, i would just toss the tank. Why risk it. Take this as a lesson learned. You ask lots of questions, why didn't you ask about doing this before you did it?:?
  12. Ya know, I was wondering why I was wondering about you, now I know why was wondering LOL
    Man, you really need to think about some of the things you have been doing lately. I'm not getting onto you or nothing as its really not place to do so but spraying Raid on a tank ?!?!?!
    I thought I had heard it all but I was sooooo wrong lol
  13. Amanda

    Amanda Arachnolord Old Timer

    Is it a $50 Exoterra tank or a generic $6 10gal? I might put the effort in to clean a $50 tank, but a cheap 10gal would get tossed. If you decide to trash it instead of cleaning it, I'd recommed actually smashing it or something so an unsuspecting person doesn't snag it and put their own pets/fish in it.
  14. P. Novak

    P. Novak ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Wow your 10 gals only cost 6 bucks. YOu are very lucky. Mine cost $10.
  15. galeogirl

    galeogirl Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yeah, a substrate change and a thorough scrubbing will get rid of almost any pest.
  16. Spider-Man v2.0

    Spider-Man v2.0 Arachnobaron

    y did u spray raid into it in the first place?? next time, just clean it out..
  17. orkimedies

    orkimedies Arachnosquire

    a better way is to just kill the ants with your thumb.
  18. ok , heres what you do. step by step
    Wash out the tank
    load the tank in your car
    drive to PETCO or another place that sells tanks
    Drop your raid infested tank into the dumpster
    buy a new tank
    throw away your raid
    do not buy raid again
  19. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    This post is no longer in use....

    I already know what to do but "thanks" anyway.
  20. Hedorah99

    Hedorah99 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Thats horrible. Why thow it out? Recycling it would be much better. Be sure its sorted in the glass bin though. {D