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Spider Mites harmful to springtails?
#1
Do spider mites effect the population of spring tails? If so how would i fight spider mites? I cant seem to escape them
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#2
I assume you mean in the vivarium, as opposed to in Springtail cultures right? Spider mites suck sap ect from plants. I don't think they would have any large adverse effect on vivarium microfauna, especially soil invets.
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#3
I noticed i do have some in one of my vivariums, but ive been seeing more and more in a springtail culture that i have. Going. Its primarily soil and leaf litter based
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#4
Those are grain mites not spider mites.
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#5
Spider mites will have webs near plants. No webs = not a spider mite.
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#6
Thats weird. I dont even have a grain like substrate yet theyre taking over
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#7
They might have a food source that you don't see...won't need much. It may seem like they are taking over and multiplying but you'll be surprised how quickly they peter out in a few weeks. No worries.
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#8
Thats good to know, i was thinking i have to discard the culture
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Oh...I meant the vivarium. If you have an infestation in a culture, the mites are probably happy with whatever it is you are feeding the springtails.

Discarding and getting new springtails from a mite free source may indeed be your best option.
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