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Petah Parkah

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So guys. I used a piece of bark from a branch of our chopped down tree. Is it ok? I didn't treat the bark but it was dry and I checked for ants and other insects and it was clear. Is it ok as a hide or should I replace it with a plastic cup?
 

cold blood

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Nope, get it out of these asap...anything even semi fresh will mold almost overnight.

Baking wood is the best way to get rid of moisture within the wood, but you have to start with the right wood in the first place. If you are looking outside, I suggest finding water and picking up drift wood from the shores...Otherwise you really have to know what you are looking for and what to avoid.

NO PLASTIC CUP....that's not a suitable hide. PVC or a cracked pot or mug would be better solutions...a hide should never be a dead end, a t should be able to burrow beneath if it wants.
 
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Petah Parkah

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Nope, get it out of these asap...anything even semi fresh will mold almost overnight.

Baking wood is the best way to get rid of moisture within the wood, but you have to start with the right wood in the first place. If you are looking outside, I suggest finding water and picking up drift wood from the shores...Otherwise you really have to know what you are looking for and what to avoid.
It isn't really fresh, about a month. Give or take a few weeks.
Anyways, I can't really get it out now. My t is molting inside.
 

cold blood

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It isn't really fresh, about a month. Give or take a few weeks.
Anyways, I can't really get it out now. My t is molting inside.
That's super duper mega fresh...I'm talking years old when I say not fresh...literally 98% of wood you see laying around is useless as a hide.
 

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My t is molting inside
Best of luck...that can get a white fuzzy mold that will literally block a hide overnight...that happens and you might see one of the very rare instances of mold killing a t...keep a close eye on it....hopefully it works out.
 

Petah Parkah

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Best of luck...that can get a white fuzzy mold that will literally block a hide overnight...that happens and you might see one of the very rare instances of mold killing a t...keep a close eye on it....hopefully it works out.
Welp, I had the bark for a few days now but nothing really grew( due to my climate maybe?). So as soon as she exits her hide after molting should I immediately get the bark out and replace with a plastic cup or wait until she regains her strength from molting?
 

JoshDM020

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Welp, I had the bark for a few days now but nothing really grew( due to my climate maybe?). So as soon as she exits her hide after molting should I immediately get the bark out and replace with a plastic cup or wait until she regains her strength from molting?
I actually believe it was strongly recommended not to use a plastic cup at all, as that is not suitable. You need something with no end so they can dig should they decide to.
 

Petah Parkah

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Nope, get it out of these asap...anything even semi fresh will mold almost overnight.

Baking wood is the bestb way to get rid of moisture within the wood, but you have to start with the right wood in the first place. If you are looking outside, I suggest finding water and picking up drift wood from the shores...Otherwise you really have to know what you are looking for and what to avoid.

NO PLASTIC CUP....that's not a suitable hide. PVC or a cracked pot or mug would be better solutions...a hide should never be a dead end, a t should be able to burrow beneath if it wants.
But I cut the bottom portion off the cup so there would'nt be an end
 

TomKemp

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Plastic hides are safe if you choose to use them. I enjoy more of a natural look so I tend to use things from the outdoors. Bake them for an hour at 250 if you choose to do so. You'll be fine either way.
 

ledzeppelin

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Plastic hides are safe if you choose to use them. I enjoy more of a natural look so I tend to use things from the outdoors. Bake them for an hour at 250 if you choose to do so. You'll be fine either way.
250 celsius or farenheit? im never sure. I usually just leave the pieces by a furnace over the winter and im good to go
 

Petah Parkah

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Plastic hides are safe if you choose to use them. I enjoy more of a natural look so I tend to use things from the outdoors. Bake them for an hour at 250 if you choose to do so. You'll be fine either way.
thank you for the straightforward answer good sir.
 

viper69

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It isn't really fresh, about a month. Give or take a few weeks.
Anyways, I can't really get it out now. My t is molting inside.
As someone who used to chop wood for many years to heat a house. That wood is not seasoned, and is extremely fresh, ie green. Green wood is not seasoned, and thus fresh. It would be best to use seasoned wood as we say in the heating arenas.

What type of tree is it? Not all wood is suitable for exotics.
 

Deb60

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I've used an Frylight top ( as I'm on Slimming World ) bit worried now about using it due to the plastic!
 
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