mites or springtails?

popcangenie

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i got a avic leata with some little white things in her in closer there eat the dead cricket remains there not near the tarantula

spring tails or mites?
 

GPulchra

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Probably mites. Can you give a better definition of them? What do they look like?
 

popcangenie

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well there tiny as a tip of a pin there just little circles...again there feeding on remains... is that mite or spring tail behavior?
 

GPulchra

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I don't know a lot about this; I'm breaking my head trying to think of an answer. Probably mites. I would do a complete cleaning. Wash it out, change the substrate, pick out as many mites as possible, anything you can. I heard some B.S about how they never go away, but they can stay at a manageable amount. Can't help you with that. I would just go a head and clean the container, but you may want to wait for a second opinion.
 

popcangenie

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thanks for your help! i will probably just clean it out and start a new container :/
 

spiderworld

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thanks for your help! i will probably just clean it out and start a new container :/
Its mites!

If they not the whole substrate full, & only by the cricket remains and a bit on the wet substrate, thats ok! when you remove the cricket remains alot of them will be removed aswell! but if the cage is full! then yes deff do a new setup for your T!

Sweet!
 

AgentD006las

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Remove all the sub. They will start to feed on the soft spots by the joints on your T when the food runs out. I just picked a bunch off my .5" A. versicolor. I had a .5" T. gigas die yesterday because of the mites. My first mite related death. :wall: It is not known exactly how they kill them but it can. Try your best to keep your slings free of them. They can be a huge problem and once established on your T, hard to get rid of and remove. Let the sub dry out for a couple days inbetween watering or misting. Best of luck. :)
 
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Zman181

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Isopods are beneficial. I have 4-5 in every Sling enclosure. They eat the remains of the prey items and mite eggs.
 
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