Mealworms got mites!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by seismic wonder2, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    My mealworn farm got what I thing are dust mites!

    BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of them!!!!!

    The whole substrate sort of "moves" they were EVERYWHERE!

    I use a substrate of growned up whetabix and corn meal and I feed my worms a slice of potato and or a bananna peel from time to time.

    I noticed the ground sort of moving on its own. At first I just thought I had a bumper crop of baby worms and I just couldn't see them yet....but they didn't grow.

    I used my finger to make a divit and it sort of filled its self back in! I thought "That's funny" then I looked at my finger. MY SKIN WAS LITERALLY CRAWLING!!! I lost my freekin mind I HAD COOTIES ON ME!!!!!

    I gathered my microscope and made a few slides. CONFIRMED MITES!!!


    The little buggars had been escaping and everywhere I looked there was this grey mass of mites that looked like .....well, dust.

    I tossed my worm farm container and all.
    vaccuumed everything. dis infected everything..
    I'm HOPING I killed them all. I may have to burn down the freekin house.
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    You're making me itchy!

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