I saw one in my outworld maybe a week or 2 ago and thought I removed it along with that night's dinner. I think they hitched a ride on some superworms.
Does anyone have experience dealing with non-parasitic mites? I haven't seen any on my ants but I do see some in the formicarium now (not just the outworld that I removed to clean it and bake the sand). I'm not sure they're causing direct harm but I don't want the population to balloon to the point where the outworld is infested. Would that happen? I saw something about beneficial mites that help with cleaning, I guess similar to springtails in a vivarium, but I feel like it's better to be safe than sorry right?
Really considering ordering a new formicarium from Drew for them to just start fresh (or perhaps just go all out with one of his large C fragilis colonies he still has)
Also, I have been having constant die offs and I can't figure out why. I have the colony in an incubator t a constant 83-84 degrees. I just had a new worker born this week and I saw her stumbling around the outworld last night. Found her dead in the same corner I found the rest of the colony's workers. They were my first colony (C. fragilis) so I think there were some growing pains in the beginning but I thought we'd turned a corner with the incubator and steady flow of superworms (they're picky eaters and I'm terrible at going out for crickets).
Sorry this post kind of turned into a 2-for but any help here would be amazing!
got some pictures (looping because that has more detail than the stills):
Edited by Myrmarauder, March 21 2019 - 2:40 PM.