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 Post subject: milipede parasite
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:34 am 
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hey guys.
so i have a terrarium with 2 millipedes (black with brown strips between each segment. i live in alameda county california if anyone can identify the species)
anyway i have 2 along with some sow and pill crustacean and 2 cock roaches. i prevoously had some camel cricket and north american fireflies in the terrarium but those got attacked by what seem to be hemolymph sucking parasites. they are light brown and not very big. i am afraid that those mites will start to turn on my milipede. cock roach and crustaceans. anyone.have a cheap quick fix??? online reccomended predatory mites.but those r expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: milipede parasite
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:02 am 
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I think predatory mites are your best bet to be honest you could try adding some tropical woodlice as well. dont suppose you can dry the tank out too much with what you are keeping which is a shame as that would help keep the numbers of the parasites down a bit.
i cant be a great deal more help so have to see what others come up with :)
welcome to BN by the way


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 Post subject: Re: milipede parasite
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 3:39 am 
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It sounds like your pests might already be predatory mites. What about photographs or detailed description?


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 Post subject: Re: milipede parasite
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 1:53 pm 
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Seperate your keeper bugs. Dump the old substrate. Wash and bleach the tank. Rinse. Dry. Refill with new substrate. Inspect your critters and brush off visible mites with a soft brush. Add critters to tank.

Just a guess, but maybe you have some species of Tylobolus? You did not say if it was a native. A picture, (or 3!), would be useful.


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