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Can i decorate enclosures with bark from outside?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Juno Choi, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Juno Choi

    Juno Choi Arachnosquire

    Is it okay for me to just find a piece of bark outside, nice for my a.avic to climb. Wash it with water and microwave it, am i correct?
  2. PrettyHate

    PrettyHate Arachnobaron Old Timer

  3. billopelma

    billopelma Arachnolord Old Timer

    I do it all the time and IMHO any sort of sterilization is detrimental, just put it right in.

  4. z32upgrader

    z32upgrader Arachnobaron

    I have done it with my P. cambridgei and P. miranda, and both are doing fine. I found a dead pine tree and carefully pulled off some intact tubes of bark, and it works perfectly. They seem to love it!
  5. Aviara

    Aviara Arachnoknight

    Microwaving sounds kind of dangerous, like the wood might explode... I've never tried it, it just sounds like an awful idea. I know lots of people bake wood before using it in vivariums and aquariums. Personally, I buy any pieces of wood from reliable suppliers to save myself the worry of bringing in stowaway. Nevertheless, if you feel comfortable with the elevated risk of bringing in wood gathered from outside, then that is your choice. Plenty of people do so and have good results.

    ---------- Post added 08-17-2012 at 01:11 AM ----------

    NEVER use pine in the enclosure of any animal. It is an aromatic wood that is toxic to most species. The same is true for cedar. Cypress (better for humid tanks) and aspen (better for dry tanks) bedding are both safe to use with invertebrates as well as vertebrates.
  6. Armstrong5

    Armstrong5 Arachnosquire

    Aviara the op said he was using pine bark which is fine you just want to use the actual wood.
  7. SLINGwingMAN

    SLINGwingMAN Arachnopeon

    I am curious to find out how sterilization is detrimental. Can you explain this a little further?
  8. SamuraiSid

    SamuraiSid Arachnodemon

    Because in life there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. When you sterilize you kill off everything, and that usually leaves a lot of valuabe real estate for new, badder, bacteria. Its actually something that is only being seriously studied for the past few years... early 2000's that Im aware of. But sterilization isnt bad, its over sterilization.... But I guess most people see over use as normal nowadays... Not sure how any of this is useful in the world of bugs though.... Consilience.

    I know a couple of people who use "whatever" wood, pine included, with no problems. Cedar has natural insecticidal oils that come from the bark, and this will kill your T. Thankfully you cannot bleach this stuff. Thats how I learned my lesson;)
  9. Necromion

    Necromion Arachnoknight

    I use willow bark in my enclosures I just rinse it and inspect it for any bugs such as centipedes or anything that can prove detrimental to my T's and bake it for a while (30 minutesish) and let it cool. after that I add it to my enclosures.
  10. Lopez

    Lopez Arachnoking Old Timer

    Just brush off any centipedes or anything like that and put it in. Why are you sterilising it? Tarantulas don't live in a vacuum.
  11. SNAFU

    SNAFU Arachnobaron

    I've used oak bark many times and just nuked it in the microwave or baked in the regular oven. It might smell up the kitchen a bit but never had any problems at all!
  12. 8legs2fangs

    8legs2fangs Arachnopeon

    i personaly wouldnt use anything but cork in a higher humidity enclosure. only reason being cork is mold resistance where-as other woods/barks are not. i just play it safe:)
  13. Merfolk

    Merfolk Arachnoprince Old Timer

    A little round in the microwave (to kill ants mostly) and voilĂ . I chose bark that contrast with spider colors...
  14. What types of elevated risk are you referring to?
  15. J Morningstar

    J Morningstar Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I use locust tree bark often, baked or just rinsed throughly, there are ones here where the bark naturally comes off in huge sections, works great for years.
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