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hi i have a springtail culture and noticed some little white blobs that arent springtails moving around today, i assume these are mites. do they harm the cultue and should i be worried
 
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Last winter I had some that were very tiny and looked reddish that crashed the whole culture. If there are just a few I'd say put the culture under some flourescent lighting, mite hate it from what I have been told.
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If they are mites, put your springtail cultures in the 'fridge overnight. That should take care of the mite problem. It may take one or two treatments, but I have had a few cultures become infested, and that took care of the mites for me.

However, I would echo other sentiments that all mites I have seen were rust colored. You should also realize that a very productive springtail culture will grow "blobs" where you place the food . . . those are egg sacs--but they don't move.
 

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blobs

I have seen these blobs for a long time. I believe they are a kind of mite, but apparently, they are different than the reddish mites. I have seen them with red wiggler cultures, along with springtails. For some reason, these white mites don't cause too much of a problem, unlike the reddish ones.

BTW, what temperature should the fridge be at for the springtails?
 

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Today I noticed the same thing first in my rice flour beetles. They were caked(thousands) all over the lid. I then began to look further and found a few hundred on the springtail lids and a few in the container. They are definately not springtails and are small white bugs that appear to be mites. I just noticed them and I havent noticed much harm to the springtails. Maybe Ill try the fridge method to see if it gets rid of them.
 
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its a while since i started this thread and my culture is doing very well so i guess they are a harmless kind of mite. on the other hand in my tomocerus longicornis culture i got some bad mites that are brown and move around real fast which are wiping it out :shock:
i trie the fridge thing and it didnt work. should i try the freezer?
 
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