- Aug 16, 2002
I just brought home four pinkies from a store I deal with all the time and where I have never had any problems. They just got this shipment of mice / pinkies in yesterday. So I give one to each of my horned frogs and as I go to pick out another for one of my T's I see this bright reddish mite crawling on it!!! I panicked, since I'd already given my frogs theirs and they were in the process of swallowing them. I checked the two pinkies that were left and they were covered with tiny tiny baby red mites and some adult red mites. I couldn't see the tiny ones without a 3x magnifier. I immediately threw them into the freezer, scrubbed myself with heavy duty soap and wiped off everything I had touched in the spider room with rubbing alcohol. I spent 20 minutes with a magnifier and a flashlight examining the horned frogs and their substrate where the pinkies had crawled but I don't see anything. Has anyone else ever seen mites like this that infest mammals? Will they infest my T's and frogs if any managed to crawl off of the pinkies while the frogs were eating them or if any tiny tiny one's crawled out of the deli cup while it was sitting there? I work so hard to keep pest off of my spiders and frogs and I am in a panic right now. YUK - I am itching all over!!