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    Snake mites advice? When can I replace substrate?

    Hello all, I got my ball python Norman in January and have found this forum really helpful in getting started! I wanted to ask some advice on snake mites as Iíve been dealing with them for the past 6 weeks. Heís been on a minimal set up of newspaper, a couple hides and bowl. Iíve been using callingtons mite spray for the enclosure along with beaphar for direct treatment. This has been effective and heís been mite free for 2 weeks as far as I can see! My main question really was when will it be safe to replace his substrate and get him back to a normal routine? I donít want to jump the gun early and end up back to square one but I hate seeing his viv so bare! Iíve also struggled with maintaining a suitable humidity and am having to mist multiple times a day without the substrate so the sooner I can get it back in the better.

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    Mite treatments should continue for 30 days after you stop finding them, because that's how long it can take for an egg to hatch.

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    Re: Snake mites advice? When can I replace substrate?

    This thread was super informative, thank you so much!

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    Re: Snake mites advice? When can I replace substrate?

    Hi,

    I would continue the treatment for 30 days after you last saw a mite as per a previous comment.
    Keep the enclosure as bare as possible. Paper towel, a water bowl and a smooth hide (with nowhere for mites or eggs to hide).
    Keep cleaning and treating the enclosure and the snake as per the treatments instructions.
    Personally, I would have the snake in a plastic tub at this time. I prefer elaborate enclosures myself but for the purpose of getting rid of mites, tubs are a good option. Easy to clean and nowhere for mites to hide.

    Once you have gone 30 days without mites, You should be ok to get back to a proper routine, including adding substrate and decoration to the enclosure.

    Hope this helps.
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