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Help! Bugs found in my GBB enclosure!

Jes

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Hi Guys! I just got my very first tarantula last month which is a very very pretty GBB sling. Today, while I was looking at her enclosure, I found a bunch of small black/gray bugs(video attached) feasting on what appears to be the leftovers of the dubia roach I fed her yesterday. I don't think they are springtails because springtails are white, right? I am not sure if I need to change the substrate now or whether these bugs are beneficial or harmful to my T.. Any response would be much appreciated. TIA!

 

Arachnoclown

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Looks like Fungus gnats/or some type of. Clean up all the dead and deteriorating items and let the enclosure dry out. Move the water dish to a different spot and don't over flow it for a while...long enough to where the gnats eggs die off.
 

Jes

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Looks like Fungus gnats/or some type of. Clean up all the dead and deteriorating items and let the enclosure dry out. Move the water dish to a different spot and don't over flow it for a while...long enough to where the gnats eggs die off.
Thanks for the response. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from coming back?
 

Arachnoclown

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Thanks for the response. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from coming back?
Spot clean as soon as the spider finishes eating...drier surface substrate discourages egg laying. Move water dish to a different location helps that area dry out also. They won't harm your T but they can be a irritant for you.
 

Jes

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Spot clean as soon as the spider finishes eating...drier surface substrate discourages egg laying. Move water dish to a different location helps that area dry out also. They won't harm your T but they can be a irritant for you.
Will keep that in mind. Thanks!
Good to know they are not harming my T. But yeah they are quite an eye sore lol
 

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