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C.C.Fan
02-21-2006, 12:28 PM
2 days ago I bought a A versicolor (& a B smithii) about 2cm long that is established in a jar! Inspecting the jar now I saw tiny white bugs about 1mm long jumping around in & near the dirt. I am thinking of just setting up a new jar for it to make sure that it has a sterile enclosure.It has a nice little web set up in it's current enclosure, but I can't thoroughly clean it to make sure I remove the bugs eggs, or is there a good way to clean it & also save the spider stress & hastle of making a new web? What do you reccon??:confused: :confused:

PA7R1CK
02-21-2006, 12:37 PM
Sounds like mites. You should replace the bedding as soon as possible.

Nate
02-21-2006, 12:40 PM
For a spiderling, I would take it out and change the substrate. I think you would be under estimating the “bugs” survival skills if you think you can scoop all of them and eggs out.

PA7R1CK
02-21-2006, 12:45 PM
The best way to handle this is to take your T's out of the enclosures and placing them in tupperware containers "with holes of course to breathe" Buy new bedding and change it. There is no better way.

bonesmama
02-21-2006, 12:45 PM
Definately move her on to some clean substrate...but keep your eye on her in case she's infested, in which case you'll just move the nasties into her new enclosure. Then you may have to put her in a really stark environment for awhile until they die off.

roberto
02-21-2006, 12:45 PM
Mites are generally slow moving and don't jump. There are many other insects that this can be. What you are describing may be newly hatched crickets. I would change over your container and substrate and keep the enclosure as clean as possible.

common spider
02-21-2006, 12:52 PM
That is true mites do not jump.Like everyone has said take T out and put it into a new tank with new peat moss.


:)

Socrates
02-21-2006, 03:32 PM
Without a picture of the "nasty ones", I don't think it's possible to speculate on what they may be.

Following everyone's advice on changing the substrate completely is the best you can do for your babies.

Once they're rehoused/put onto fresh substrate, just make sure and keep a close eye on the new substrate, making sure none of them "travelled" along on your Ts. :)

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Wendy
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Nate
02-21-2006, 03:56 PM
Without a picture of the "nasty ones", I don't think it's possible to speculate on what they may be.

Pictures… No, no, no! :shame:

The only true way to tell is a taste test! ;P

Socrates
02-21-2006, 04:00 PM
Pictures… No, no, no! :shame:

The only true way to tell is a taste test! ;P

Ok then. Let's see:
Baby crickts should be somewhat crunchy and bitter.
Mites should taste like .....what? Marshmallows? {D

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Wendy
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Nate
02-21-2006, 04:20 PM
Crickets go crunch and mites have more of a pop. :razz:

C.C.Fan
02-21-2006, 05:17 PM
Ok then. Let's see:
Baby crickts should be somewhat crunchy and bitter.
Mites should taste like .....what? Marshmallows? {D

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Wendy
---LOL...they taste like...CHICKEN. {D
I have removed it into a new jar & will keep a close eye on it to keep see if the little buggers get there too. I have put a little humus in the bottom of the jar & a piece of bark in also. Thank you for advice.
Also how do I tell male from female?:confused:

Socrates
02-21-2006, 05:23 PM
Also how do I tell male from female?:confused:

With the nasty little white bugs or with your spiders?

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Wendy
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Nate
02-21-2006, 05:25 PM
I have put a little humus in the bottom of the jar

Say what?!?

This is a new one to me! :?

*EDIT*
Ignore the idiot behind the curtain. Turns out Hummus is a different word entirely. :)

GoTerps
02-21-2006, 06:14 PM
Sounds like collembolans (springtails) to me.

I actively encourage collembolans in my enclosures that I keep moist.

If they're "hopping" around and have antennae, don't worry! These will also end up in the water dish in large numbers, I just dump mine back into the substrate.