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Author:  andie [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Wolf spiders as a natural pest control ?

Not really sure where to ask this, anyway one of my crested gecko vivs has got a serious population explosion of little tiny flies ( not fruit flies) but maybe skuttle flies if thats the right name. The viv is heavily planted with a bio substrate so i dont want to disturb it. I'm thinking of trying some kind of biological pest control but not sure what to use as it will probably end up as the crestie's lunch :( ,,,thinking of introducing some wolf spiders with no expense spared lol as these little flies spend most of their time on the bottom,, what do ya all think ??

Author:  peterUK [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:08 pm ]
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Bad idea as the cresties will eat the spiders.
The small flys are probably fungus knats which only live where there is a constantly moist substrate. Dry out the substrate and they will disappear.

Author:  andie [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:18 pm ]
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Ill try and reduce the spraying a bit, the substrate isnt overly soggy and the RH stays in the 70's but worth a try thx :)

Author:  peterUK [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:21 pm ]
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andie wrote:
Ill try and reduce the spraying a bit, the substrate isnt overly soggy and the RH stays in the 70's but worth a try thx :)


Even if the substrate is slightly damp they will breed and lay their eggs into the substrate

Author:  andie [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:25 pm ]
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Then i have a problem as i need humidity and moisture for the plants, looks like ill have to spend more time squidging them :( with me thumb lol

Author:  Techuser [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:51 pm ]
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What about using some carnivorous plants? =)

Author:  andie [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:59 pm ]
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Worth a try, they may even keep the friggin fruit flies that crawl around the house down a bit lol :)

Author:  Dan [ Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:01 am ]
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maybe introducing a couple of Pholcus phalangioides spiders would work?
they are a) small enough to avoid being obvious prey items, b)will predate happily on the knats, and c) will webb the walls and cieling of the viv to a certain extent, thus offering more pest control
they breed easily to so a hatch of 30 odd babies would all but demolish the knat problem!!

Author:  andie [ Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:05 am ]
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Just looked them up on google and their easy enough to find, i wouldnt imagine they would be any threat to my geckos, ill give it a whirl, thx :)

Author:  katherine [ Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:42 am ]
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The predatory mites Hypoaspis miles are marketed as a biological control for scuttle flies. They will also eat other tiny pests like other mites and springtails. Here.

Author:  andie [ Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:58 am ]
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Thx Katherine, my wife works on a nursery, and they use biological pest control ill see if she can order me some ,,thx :)

Author:  Daniel Jones [ Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:13 am ]
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Author:  Matt [ Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:58 am ]
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Daniel Jones wrote:
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Now that post looks to be a typical "Spam - use this service" post, I'm betting the user is really a bot.

For fungus gnats / Sciarid flies control can be a problem if you cannot dry out the substrate, as the larvae breed in moist decaying vegetable matter or substrate. Butterworts work well at catching these sorts of flies in orchid houses, but you might need to make sure the sticky leaves would not be a problem for the "proper" inhabitants of the viv. Perhaps you could put a wide mesh screen over the plant if it was - flies in, not gekos. The Pholcis spider idea sounds interesting.

Author:  faizul00 [ Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wolf spiders as a natural pest control ?

andie wrote:
Not really sure where to ask this, anyway one of my crested gecko vivs has got a serious population explosion of little tiny flies ( not fruit flies) but maybe skuttle flies if thats the right name and most effective pest control in sydney. The viv is heavily planted with a bio substrate so i dont want to disturb it. I'm thinking of trying some kind of biological pest control but not sure what to use as it will probably end up as the crestie's lunch :( ,,,thinking of introducing some wolf spiders with no expense spared lol as these little flies spend most of their time on the bottom,, what do ya all think ??



Hello andie,

Wolf spiders are extremely fast and built for hunting; this means they don’t rely on webs for catching prey. The wolf spider is distinguishable by its giant body and a large tan stripe running the length of its carapace (the portion closest that looks like the spiders head), with black or brown on both sides. They have furry legs and are often confused with the nursery web spider. During warmer seasons, they can often be seen running around carrying large egg sacs at the rear end. Wolf spiders are diurnal, meaning they hunt during the day or night.

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