Handling reptile mites

Treating mites in reptile collection can be a daunting and frustrating task, but do not worry that we will explain here.

So you have noticed mites in your creatures, borage or reptiles – first you need to build what kind of mites. There are thousands of mites, so it is almost impossible to determine that you have a problem with the exact mites, but we can divide them into three basic types of mites that you may experience in Mikania chrysanthemum

To both types of mites, and fear of reptile breeders, but they are not as bad as you might think of, and these mites are in the matrix and in food. These mites are usually white and are about such a full size. If you use wood or earth-type substrates in a wet botanical garden, then you will encounter these mites, and they do not have to come from anywhere – they seem to appear! They appear because they have all the elements needed for survival. These are warm, moisture, food and life somewhere (woody substrate). Minor people do not have problems, and only in large uncontrolled numbers, they can be dangerous to reptiles, lizards, snakes or amphibians. These mites can be easily managed by regularly cleaning the substrate (replace the ecological earth every month, wash or replace the bark substrate). By doing this, every day to remove food and clean the feces, to ensure that mites will not get out of control. The other mites that are often encountered are "grain" or "dusty" mites, again above the favorable conditions that can control the same, usually when the reptile guardian attempts to store or breed live food at home when these mites are introduced Mites like to feed bran and grains, and then put them together with live food into the genitals.

Third, you may encounter (but are unlikely to do so) are serious mites, which may cause problems that must be treated asap – these are snake mites, reptile mites and ticks. There are hundreds, but all have the same thing. They live on your reptile and use him as the host of the usual feeding of blood!

How to identify reptiles / snake mites – these mites are usually red or brown or even reddish brown! In color, their size can vary from small to similar to very large fleas, ticks are usually larger.

How do I know if my snake / lizard has mites – the first thing to look for is the excess of skin and dead mites in the water tray. Reptiles and mites will spend a lot of time trying to drown mites in the water because they will irritate them. If you suspect that your lizard or snake has mites that remove him from the reproductive group and close the insects, in a serious infection, you will find the mites throughout their bodies or even hands. In the case of less severe infections and most snake mites, you will find the scales below the mites, and when he bends his scales below, your snake will slip over your hands if you see mites hidden below Then, the scales once again disappear from the field of view below the scale.

How do I treat reptile mites – you need to attack them quickly and hardly and you can not do something. First remove the reptiles and any tank mates from the flora and fauna (if a reptile is affected, you must assume that all the reptiles in the vivarium are also infected), handle all substrates if you can handle all wooden furniture such as branches And then do so if they are expensive or unique, you will need to wash and scrub and then soak them in hot water. All water and food must be removed, scrubbed and soaked in hot water. When soaking the items, make sure they are completely submerged, otherwise the mites will climb up the dry part and live for another day! Well, it's furniture care, and now you need to deal with creatures, if vivarium has any unsealed joints, then you must be especially careful because there will be mites hidden in the cracks. Once the vivarium is empty, you can rinse thoroughly with hot soapy water.

For the treatment of mites reptiles, you need to spray them with mites, there are two types of mites spray available active ingredients, no, no substances that contain naturally occurring substances, by stimulating or choking mites , Those with active ingredients contain chemicals that kill mites. In our experience, the Beaphar insect spray was the most effective and the first treatment was very effective after treatment with the lice, and only secondary treatment was performed in the severely infected wild-caught animals, In mild cases, "band and braces" precautions are required.

When dealing with mite reptiles, we always wear gloves, spray the product on the reptile and put it into the reptile skin, try and get it on all scales, pay attention to the ears and nostrils , Because this is where the mites are to be hidden – but always check the instructions before applying any spray.