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Treating mites

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Posted by: Dracaena828 at Wed Dec 26 11:40:33 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Dracaena828 ]  
   

Hi everyone,

I am having a real problem with mites in my monitor tank. I have replaced substrate, sprayed the monitor with an anti-mite treatment spray that I'm pretty sure was completely useless, and at one point even tossed the tank and everything in it (besides my monitor of course!) and just replaced everything. He needed a larger tank anyways. That time I put him in a spare tank with only paper towels as substrate for several weeks and didn't see any sign of mites, so I thought they were all gone. Now his new tank is infested again though.

I think they may be coming in with the dirt I bought for his tank, or else they are just hiding on him around his face and reinfesting the tank that way. Does anyone have any good tips for treating mites? I have read good things about provent-a-mite, but I have never used it and I am a bit nervous about it. How would I safely treat the monitor himself? And how would you treat deep substrate if it is supposed to dry thoroughly before you put the lizard back in the tank? I plan to completely clean out his tank get new substrate, but I'd like to treat the new stuff before putting him in. I am going to buy some decomposed granite this time, after hearing good things about it.

Thank you for any good advice! I am just at my wits end with these creatures. I don't think they are actually living on my monitor, they seem to be only in the ground and branches in his tank, but I'm not certain.

Oh, and on a separate note, does anyone have any tips on how to build some stacks of retes boards for a very non-handy person? Would be much appreciated.


   

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