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[Warning] Walmart Nematodes

Discussion in 'Seller/Buyer/Shop Inquiries/Warnings' started by Blooming Doom, May 18, 2019.

  1. Blooming Doom

    Blooming Doom Arachnopeon

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    This is looking to be the biggest mistake of my life. I was looking for bait worms to feed my pac man frog, and purchased the normal ones you’d find in a freezer.

    A few weeks pass, and at the time of this post, 3 species in my collection have succumb to full blown nematode infections. Palps not working, not accepting food, and the giant pulsating white mass of worms foaming from their mouths. I immediately moved them into the freezer to try and put a stop to the spread. I had no idea where they were coming from or how this started since I have added nothing new to my collection in a few months. Except for the worms.

    I had the idea to take soil samples from my dubia feeder bin, the worms, and several other enclosures that I was worried about for analysis under my microscope. The sample from the earthworm tub was absolutely wriggling with microscopic nematodes. Luckily I found no traces of them in my dubia colony sample.

    The earthworms were immediately disposed of and determined to be the source. I feel some relief for finding what started this, but I’m still fearful that it is too late.

    Tldr; Walmart sells earthworms mixed with nematodes and now my tarantulas are becoming infected. And I’m an idiot for buying anything from walmart
     
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  2. Blooming Doom

    Blooming Doom Arachnopeon

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    1 month update

    Since my first post, and freezing the 3 I had noticed became infected, I’ve had no further issues. Which is great. Although I have no idea how long eggs would remain viable or for the time it would take to incubate inside another tarantula and begin to show symptoms. But for now I feel like I can put this behind me.

    So, my best advice for anyone that has this terrible misfortune is to freeze the infected as quickly as possible to eliminate the spread.