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#21 Offline FinWins - Posted September 8 2022 - 5:05 PM

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The powder I’ve seen sold for mites is diatomaceous earth. That will kill your ants.

So I was talking about Bug Blade by Josh’s frogs I saw them put it on some fruit flys when transferring them in a video 


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#22 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 9 2022 - 2:08 AM

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If you really don’t want grain mites, then boil any freezer insect. Mealworms and fruit flys are probably the worst for spreading the loathsome creatures.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#23 Offline AntBooper600 - Posted September 9 2022 - 7:04 AM

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I had a mite infestation in a founding colony that led to a slow decline with a larger than usual number of dead ants. When I realized what the problem was and that there was no readily available predator mites, I put the entire setup in the freezer. The mites are dead. I will have to be more sanitary to make sure they don't spread to my other colonies, especially with feeding dishes.

But that will also kill the ants.



#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 9 2022 - 4:07 PM

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I had a mite infestation in a founding colony that led to a slow decline with a larger than usual number of dead ants. When I realized what the problem was and that there was no readily available predator mites, I put the entire setup in the freezer. The mites are dead. I will have to be more sanitary to make sure they don't spread to my other colonies, especially with feeding dishes.

But that will also kill the ants.
Yes, obviously.
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#25 Offline rptraut - Posted September 11 2022 - 10:32 AM

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This was a  small founding colony that I believe was infected when I got them.  With the number of mites in the setup I didn't think they were going to survive anyway.  Rather than risk the spread of the mites to my other colonies, I had to sacrifice the one for the good of the many.  Since then I have cleaned and disinfected all my tools, food dishes and preparation area to get rid of any eggs that might be there.  I am also more vigilant about watching for mites, now that I know what to look for and just how tiny and insignificant they look in small numbers.  I haven't boiled any feeder insects yet.


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