I'm interested - I haven't heard anything negative about microwaving.....Originally posted by caligulathegod
Most of what I've read suggests microwaving causes more problems than it cures. Regular peat from the garden supply store is just fine. No need to sterilize it.
originally posted by Palespider:
There is no point in sterilizing substrate because
you're keeping it in non-sterile air. As soon as you microwave it you're reexposing it to all the things you're trying to get rid of. And from what I've read by doing that you can actually be killing good bacteria that will help keep the bad bacteria populations in check.
Just keep your cages clean from remains and you should have no problems. Clean up *all* remains within 24 hours and they'll have no chance to settle in.
originally posted by Buspirone
(snipped instructions on how to go about microwaving soil-see link)
Like palespider said, you may also kill off some beneficial organisms that will open up your substrate to be more likely to grow molds or fungii depending on how damp you keep your substrate and the amount of ventilation.