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PostSubject: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 4:07 pm

ok, was feeding the 3i emps, noticed a cricket leg lying on the substrate, COVERED in tiny, white, mites. I'm sure they are predatory mites as they move about, but... Hmmm. there are Tons of them, i've also noticed them in large numbers on scorpion poo.

I actually might keep a few, try to raise a colony, these little things could come in very hand Methinks, if they are indeed a predatory species.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 6:16 pm

Just give 'em stuff to scavenge on and they should be happy. Very Happy

Then if you notice grain mites on any of your new arrivals, you can toss in a load of predatories to take care of 'em.

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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 6:34 pm

yeah! that's why i'm keeping them. Very Happy


i've put 'em in a tub with damp substrate and it's nice and humid. i've tossed in the largest groups, and put in some crickets drumsticks.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 7:29 pm

I think i saw it once a town called eureka over here i think
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 7:37 pm

wrong thread graham.


lmao Razz

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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 7:50 pm

They're extremely easy to umm... create? Surprised

Just setup a damp environment, place a dead cricket (or lettuce/whatever) in there, then wait for the magic to happen.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/20/2008, 10:41 pm

^ Maybe there's eggs in most soils, and under the right conditions . . . ?

Calum, just make sure you remove leftovers before they get too nasty (mainly for your own sense of smell than anything else).

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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/21/2008, 12:08 pm

i'm using an airtight container anyway, so no smell.

I found a bucketload of 'em again today, they seem to like cricket-drumstick.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/21/2008, 12:11 pm

If it's airtight, bad stuff could build up. Offer at least a little ventilation.

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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/21/2008, 12:12 pm

will do. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/28/2008, 5:18 pm

ok, I've got quite a collection of them now, collected from the scorpion tubs.


there are a few dead crickets in the tub, and "bad mites" have built colonies on them, the predatory mites are turing a redish colour which I belive to be from the diet of mites.


so the bad mites have made a colony in the good mite tub, dunno if this is bad or good. there are alot of bad mites.



any tips on making the predatory mites reproduce faster?
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/28/2008, 6:26 pm

stop putting crickets in for a while and the predatorys should take over when the bad guys have no food...
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/28/2008, 6:43 pm

well, they have plenty of food anyway. Razz


there is a pile of locust nymph carcasses in the middle covered in mites, good and bad.


mabye i'll leave them for a month and see what happens.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 12:26 am

I agree with removing some of the bad mites' food, but not a whole lot of removal -- try bumping up the temps a bit.

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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 9:15 am

it's placed against a heatmat, it's pretty warm.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 2:33 pm

this thread isnt in the correct place? im going to move to emp section, but this could be in scorpions in general too. Im just gonna move it and if thats in the wrong place admin can move to where they feel is best

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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 2:49 pm

shouldn't it be in the "other arachnids" section?


this doesn't really have anything to do with scorpions.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 2:56 pm

thats why im confused because they were found in an EMP tank...meh
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 4:44 pm

no he is breeding them seperately!
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 4:55 pm

yes, that would be it.
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/29/2008, 4:55 pm

cheers im right!
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PostSubject: Re: predatory mites? there is ALOT of em'....   11/30/2008, 1:38 am

Off to "other arachnids" it goes!

It never even occurred to me . . . Razz

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