Flies in my enlcosures????

Octa

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Hey guys

I just found another fly flying around in my C elagans enclosure.
Just the other day I found one in my G pulchra's deli cup (removed it and replaced the substrate).

It just flies out of the substrate???? What the hell are those ? :(
 

Octa

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Do you remove food bolus after feeding?
Yeah I remove everything I can.
Just my C.elegans drags the food into her burrow and I can't take it out.
But she appears to have eaten everything I can give her.
 

8by8

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What kind of fly is it? House flys usually like nasty stuff, like old food and poop. Fruit flies like the samething but I find like more humidity. Maybe dry your habitats out a bit.

Out of curiosity, do you have a T. blondi? The wild caughts are knowen to have scuttle flies infestations.
 

Octa

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No i dont have T. Blondi :(.
I get rid of all the left overs but keep the enclosures always humid.
This is just to ensure that the slings have enough water to drink from if needed.
So it could be fruit flies?
 

Poxicator

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Fruit flies are merely a visible nuisance but if you dry the substrate out you'll likely rid yourself of them, for the timebeing.
Phorid flies are a different matter. These are often called scuttle flies as they prefer to scuttle away rather than fly, they're also referred to as hunchbacks for obvious reasons. Phorids produce maggots that eat any dead matter and they can be a threat to your Ts.
Neither are remedied by Isopods but Ive recently looked into defensive mites to rid myself of these menaces. Unfortunately I had to rid myself of an AF P. regalis last nt that the Phorid larvae were munching on.
 

esotericman

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Phorid flies are also called many other things since they show up on dead bodies and outhouses. They'll eat and breed on anything, and are a pain to get rid of if you don't keep things cleaned up. There are a few thousand species, and some are directly a threat and others are just annoying.

Also, you might google fungus gnats, they show up when conditions are wet enough, but are easily dealt with by drying out the enclosure.
 

johnloz

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to prevent those fruit flies just remove the food if uneaten, or just being killed by the tarantula...they easily atracted to the scent of a dead feeders
 

LV-426

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i have flies in my enclosures also. If they are tiny little grayish flies, dont worry about them i think they are attracted to the moisture in the enclosures. I think they are mentioned in the TKG, they are harmless.
 

Octa

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I let the substrate dry out and dont seem to see anything flying around in there anymore :)
 

Blackbeard

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I let the substrate dry out and dont seem to see anything flying around in there anymore :)
I kept many enclosures fairly humed and last summer I had a huge problem with intensely annoying tiny black flies zooming around the room.
The little bastards made it a habbit to zip to and fro right in front of my eyes as if they were simply out to irritate me.
Switching to dry enclosures except for a weekly spray on the glass of the arboreals fixed it for me.
My horned frog enclosure is the only one that still has the occasional mite, fly or baby cricket outbreak but nothing serious.

Get rid of the moisture, get rid of the flies.
 

Nerri1029

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Phorid flies are also called many other things since they show up on dead bodies and outhouses. They'll eat and breed on anything, and are a pain to get rid of if you don't keep things cleaned up. There are a few thousand species, and some are directly a threat and others are just annoying.

Also, you might google fungus gnats, they show up when conditions are wet enough, but are easily dealt with by drying out the enclosure.
I lost a sling to Phorid flies.
 
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esotericman

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Nerri,

Do you have a thread on this? I am curious about the "parasitic" species, which I have heard about, but luckily have never seen. Phorid flies are the same group which are being used as a biocontrol for fire ants, so the groups ability to kill is well documented. Sadly, the identification of the species is completely impossible except for a tiny handful of insane entomologists.

Was this case a WC or did you have an introduction from native phorids? Any other losses?

Nice darkfield by the way.
 
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esotericman

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Thank you Nerri, I will read the thread. Maggots or pupae that eventually kill a tarantula sounds a bit odd, but I will read your posts.

Having read it, yes, post molt would make perfect sense.

Phorid flies have been known to colonize and feed on children who are left in dirty diapers. This is an extreme case of myiasis in humans, but a newly emerged tarantula is similar, it is a food resource and is soft.

I detest phorid flies.
 
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