- Aug 23, 2015
So I thought my enclosure setup was perfect. The other day I saw at least 10 fungus gnats or fruit flies in my African giant millipedes' enclosure. I feel like mites will be next, ugh.
Which website do you get these from, and how many? I need to prevent mites at all cost!I have fruit flies in my enclosures too, they are annoying -.- At one point I thought they had all died, but no, now there are dozens. No mites though, so that's good. I have springtails and dwarf isopods in my enclosures, I guess they help keeping mites out.
The springtails are from a Finnish website (I'm from Finland), and if I remember correctly, the isopods came with some of my millipedes, there were a few of them in the substrate the pedes came with. I add a small number of them in new enclosures, they reproduce pretty fast.
You can get springtails from Roach Crossing, Bugs in Cyberspace, or even go outside and collect them yourself. With the winter warm snap coming up (around here anyway), I'm planning on going out and grabbing everything I can! Some isopods will even be active when snow is on the ground, so you can find them in the dead of winter.
You can let it dry out a bit. Fungus gnats will only breed in the top of the substrate, so as long as you leave something moist at the bottom for it to burrow down into if it needs moisture, the millipede should be fine.It may be too damp. Should I let it dry out or is this dangerous for an African giant millipede?
I would get the Tropical pink springtails from Roachcrossing, they decimate grain mite populations in moist cages, and are less disruptive to the substrate and the millipedes than isopods.