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ballpython2
04-06-2007, 01:17 PM
I had black ants infesting my tarantula walk in closet.

in one of the tanks I had to use raid ( I used the raid on the back porch away from my other tarantulas soit wouldntbe air born)

How do I properly clean the tank so ALL raid smell is gone..

I tried to clean it with Fantasik (all purpose) then I left it over night on the back porch to air out..

then i tested it by putting a cricket in there and within 15-20 minutes of the cricket being in there (After I cleaned it ) the cricket died...

how do i clean it PROPERLY so this wont happen to a T?

cacoseraph
04-06-2007, 01:23 PM
i would do a multistep process

first i would scrub it out with a dilute bleach solution.

then i would scrub it out with a dilute soap solution.

then i would scrub it out with a moderately strong baking soda solution.

then i would rinse and soak, rinse and soak, rinse and soak, rinse and soak with hot water.

sun dry.

one thing, you don't want to directly apply any of the cleaning products directly to the tank. you want to make the solution in a different container and then apply it with a rag or something. make sure whatever rag or sponge you use doesn't have freaky stuff on it.

if you can still smell anything when you are "done" then you aren't and you have to do it all again

this might seem a little extreme but you don't want to slowly poison one of your bugs and this is the best way i know how to avoid that

Tunedbeat
04-06-2007, 01:26 PM
Why would you use it on the tank?
You should have just cleaned it out with new substrate,etc.. And then, sanitize the tank with water/bleach.

Nitibus
04-06-2007, 01:33 PM
All of the above but give extra care with " sun dry ". Pyrethrum Extract the most common Raid ingredient becomes inert with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

I'd also do a bathing in vinegar myself in between the final rises.

Considering how inexpensive tanks are compared to T's, I wouldn't take a chance and just get a new enclosure. Yet that can be cost prohibative.

Just my $ 0.02

GoTerps
04-06-2007, 01:40 PM
All good advice, but like Tunedbeat said, I don't understand why you had to spray Raid in the tank? To kill ants?? Seems pointless to me, unless I'm missing something.

Eric

ballpython2
04-06-2007, 01:40 PM
All of the above but give extra care with " sun dry ". Pyrethrum Extract the most common Raid ingredient becomes inert with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

I'd also do a bathing in vinegar myself in between the final rises.

Considering how inexpensive tanks are compared to T's, I wouldn't take a chance and just get a new enclosure. Yet that can be cost prohibative.

Just my $ 0.02

Ok so I'll just clean it out a few times but leave it outside for at least a week since I'm going to do this I'll just buy a new tank in the process.

This is a pain in the neck.

Thanks for everyone's opinion

Amanda
04-06-2007, 01:46 PM
You can probably get the glass clean, but I doubt the silicone joints will ever be pesticide-free.

ballpython2
04-06-2007, 01:50 PM
You can probably get the glass clean, but I doubt the silicone joints will ever be pesticide-free.

so basically im better off throwing it away?

Amanda
04-06-2007, 08:02 PM
Your cricket test seemed pretty effective the first time. I would try that again at the very least.

ballpython2
04-06-2007, 08:43 PM
Your cricket test seemed pretty effective the first time. I would try that again at the very least.

so clean it throughly then try the cricket test again is what your sayin basically?

Hedorah99
04-06-2007, 09:04 PM
so clean it throughly then try the cricket test again is what your sayin basically?

Truthfully, i would just toss the tank. Why risk it. Take this as a lesson learned. You ask lots of questions, why didn't you ask about doing this before you did it?:?

Brian S
04-06-2007, 09:05 PM
Ya know, I was wondering why I was wondering about you, now I know why was wondering LOL
Man, you really need to think about some of the things you have been doing lately. I'm not getting onto you or nothing as its really not place to do so but spraying Raid on a tank ?!?!?!
I thought I had heard it all but I was sooooo wrong lol

Amanda
04-06-2007, 09:14 PM
Is it a $50 Exoterra tank or a generic $6 10gal? I might put the effort in to clean a $50 tank, but a cheap 10gal would get tossed. If you decide to trash it instead of cleaning it, I'd recommed actually smashing it or something so an unsuspecting person doesn't snag it and put their own pets/fish in it.

P. Novak
04-06-2007, 09:18 PM
Is it a $50 Exoterra tank or a generic $6 10gal? I might put the effort in to clean a $50 tank, but a cheap 10gal would get tossed. If you decide to trash it instead of cleaning it, I'd recommed actually smashing it or something so an unsuspecting person doesn't snag it and put their own pets/fish in it.

Wow your 10 gals only cost 6 bucks. YOu are very lucky. Mine cost $10.

galeogirl
04-06-2007, 10:19 PM
Yeah, a substrate change and a thorough scrubbing will get rid of almost any pest.

Spider-Man v2.0
04-06-2007, 10:28 PM
y did u spray raid into it in the first place?? next time, just clean it out..

orkimedies
04-07-2007, 05:28 AM
a better way is to just kill the ants with your thumb.

Drachenjager
04-08-2007, 10:39 AM
ok , heres what you do. step by step
Wash out the tank
load the tank in your car
drive to PETCO or another place that sells tanks
Drop your raid infested tank into the dumpster
buy a new tank
throw away your raid
do not buy raid again

ballpython2
04-08-2007, 10:40 AM
This post is no longer in use....

I already know what to do but "thanks" anyway.

Hedorah99
04-08-2007, 11:06 AM
ok , heres what you do. step by step
Wash out the tank
load the tank in your car
drive to PETCO or another place that sells tanks
Drop your raid infested tank into the dumpster
buy a new tank
throw away your raid
do not buy raid again

Thats horrible. Why thow it out? Recycling it would be much better. Be sure its sorted in the glass bin though. {D