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    Re: Vet found 1 mite Now what??

    Update:

    Both Bean and Bitey are still on paper towels, with glass water dish, and 2 hides only. Separated from snake room and each other

    Bitey has a Dr appt on Nov 22nd, to recheck for mites, I'm going to do a second Frontline wipe down mid next week.

    Now how do I know when all the mites are dead?? I haven't seen any on the paper towel substrate, none floating in the water dishes.

    I purchased a lighted 20x magnifying glass to look at the snakes with and don't seen any bugs on them either.

    Does this mean I have the situation handled? Or the little buggers are just hiding from me? Could the mite the vet found just have been a stray?

    Being they went from the pet store to a split 20 gallon to separate 10 gallon tanks

    Could they have had minimal mites on them to carry into the 10 gallon tanks?? and they have been eradicated??

    I guess I'm just paranoid about an infestation getting out of control, but can't believe I haven't seen any at the same time.....

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    A mite egg can take up to 30 days to hatch out. So, when I treat I continue for 30 days after I last saw a mite on my snakes.

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    If you caught it early you have a good chance of being mite free by now.

    I use RID spray to demite my tanks and my NON-POROUS plastics. Do not spray water bowl. Make sure your snakes are out of the room while spraying and while drying. Spray lightly but as evenly as possible, on the inside and outside of the tank. Wait for RID to dry completely, then wipe down the tanks and any hides to remove any excess film from the spray. You are probably fine to spray the paper towel, but I don't, as once it dries out you don't have a solution anymore, and if the snake spills water or goes to the bathroom on it, you can have very high localized concentrations of permetherin, no matter which product you use. Any mites or eggs should have been killed on contact with RID anyways, so the paper towel is just there to make it easier to see mites falling off the snake.

    Mites can crawl so treat the area surrounding the tanks as well. I also sprayed the doorways and the carpet outside the doorways, as mites can crawl a really long ways and I wanted to be safe.

    To treat the snake, I have lots of success using the hand sanitizer method, but if you decide to go this route, make sure your ambient temperatures are ~80+ in the enclosure as well as the room you apply the hand sanitizer in. As the hand sanitizer evaporates, it will draw heat away from your snake, so you want them to have somewhere warm to go to immediately. DO NOT apply to the head or anywhere near the eyes and mouth. The mites will fall off in your hands, dead on contact.

    If you see mites on the face/head, gently and carefully try to get them off with your fingers.

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    Use frontline spray. Iíve found it to be very effective and easy to treat mites. There are some great videos online about using it one from muscle serpents university and Mr paulumbo
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    Re: Vet found 1 mite Now what??

    Quote Originally Posted by Phillydubs View Post
    Use frontline spray. Iíve found it to be very effective and easy to treat mites. There are some great videos online about using it one from muscle serpents university and Mr paulumbo
    frontline is what I used.

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