Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by Jlom86, May 16, 2019.
What do I do about little gnat like bugs growing in my tarantulas water bowl?
rehouse tarantula, kill bugs with fire.
I would clean the water bowl. The water is most likely stagnant. Also if the enclosure is near an open window the gnats might have entered through there, so you should close it if that is the case. The main thing you should do is clean the water bowl and check in with me or someone with a little bit more experience if the problem continues.
Rehouse then tie the cage to a firework and light it and then dump the remains in a nuclear reactor.
Ok thank you for your help!
I meant, that you just cook the whole enclosure if it's all glass and metal, but yeah, that too. They have to go.
Looks like springtails to me. They do no harm. They live in soil as well. Just put in fresh water. Your spider will be fine. Springtails are used to feed small frogs....
Springtails...they clean the enclosure. Just fill the water dish till they float out into the substrate.
Yes, just totally harmless but extremely helpful little springtails. They keep eating away easily molding material like pieces of feeders etc.
So no need to go on rampage and explode the whole enclosure
this made me laugh! @Tnoob you seem very keen on destroying bugs with fire as mentioned in a previous post...I don't think its really gonna help where tarantulas are involved
THANKS FOR THE INFO, I HAD NO IDEA!
I may be moderately over zealous when it comes to pest control. Is that so wrong? Is it?
nothing wrong with pest control @Tnoob ....just not all bugs are bad where the Ts are concerned
I suppose I just don't like the idea of my tarantula sharing homes, and I don't know much about spingtails. Isn't there another bug that's bad?
yes we don't want mites-there bad for the Ts.....but they seem to thrive in damp conditions if your sub is really dry its never really an issue,
if the T in question needs to live in a damp environment having some springtails and isopods is beneficial to keeping a good,healthy environment for the T to live in..
I can get isopods easy here, but I question the source.
if they are shop bought they should have come from a wholesale insect breeder therefore perfectly safe to use
Theres many types of mites....some good some bad. Parasitic mites which cling to the tarantula around the mouth area are bad. Dirt mites are fine as long as the number of them are kept in check. You can do a entire thread on mites....
Yeah, those look like springtails, as others have stated. They're pretty helpful additions if you have any moisture in your enclosure since they eat fungus. They can walk around on stagnant water. If you want to confirm their ID, try poking at them with something or otherwise disturbing them. They'll start hopping around.
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