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RE: fruitfly mites!

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Posted by: stevemc1 at Mon Aug 13 15:00:50 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by stevemc1 ]  
   

I am sure the flies died from leaving them in the mail truck all day and heating them up. And the flies I got were flightless M. hydei with wings, all the same. Maybe some got swapped at the place, maybe a few wilds got in(oh the flying ones are smaller)but I only opened them inside, and looked in. No holes in top, and it is the kind with 6 holes with mesh glued on. The mites are little mites, and they arent biting us or causing a reaction, but I can feel something on me, kind of an itch or feeling of them crawling on me. I dont know if they are fruitfly mites, as I never had any mites even with many years of keeping fruitflies. They are worse on the 4 original cups, and a little on the next cups, they are visible on the white tops. Another weird thing, a local guy I know, and I didnt tell him about it, he said he ordered FF from the same place and got mites, and threw out everything. I told him of my experience, and he said his wife felt something on her arms, as they were in thelaundry room. I am familiar with mites, as I have worked at a large reptile wholesaler and also kept reptiles and animals all my life-a long time! I have felt mites walking on me before, even rat mites. I know about Shell no-pest strips, and powder and liquid, and keeping the shelves legs in cans of oil and seperate containers in a rubbermaid of water and all the other things, but, it is weird to have all those things from a supposedly reputable dealer.


   

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