- Aug 11, 2016
Any one else practice cross contamination prevention in their collections? I have become very strict. No decorations get reused without sterilization. No uneaten feeders get returned to the stock tubs, only saved to try again later(Same predator). Any escapees or dropped feeders are frozen. I have two goals. First, I do not want to potentially contaminate feeders with pathogens from other colonies. Second, I do not want exchange parasites between my predators. Last thing I want is to create a zombie apocalypse by passing a tarantula Protozoa from Asia to an African frog lol. And Finally, I do not want to pick up an contaminants from the floor. If all else fails, freeze it. I'm also careful about going to other people's houses. I never mix colonies of the same species from different breeders. I guess I try to practice "Biosecurity" like the livestock breeders do. Any other ideas?