Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

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Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby Back into darts » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:38 pm

Hi Fellow Froggers!
I just got back into the hobby (lifestyle) after some years off.
In the past, I used to sterilize my collected leaf litter of any parasites by baking in in the oven. I'm sure that a lot has changed over the years and from reading posts on this forum, there are members out there who can answer this question for me.
How do YOU GUYS do it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Mike

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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby Philsuma » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:59 pm

I collect clean LL from parking lot areas in Northern Fl and do nothing more than visually inspect for hitchhikers ect. One time a bee or two rode in on some magnolia leaves.

Some people still oven 'bake' their leaves but that also makes them break down quicker ect.

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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby chuckpowell » Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:24 am

I've never done anything. Occasionally I get pesky spiders that I need to get rid of but other than that I do nothing. I really doubt that you'd pick up a parasite to tropical frogs in temperate leaf litter.

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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby Back into darts » Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:36 am

Thanks for the help guys!
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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby Eric Walker » Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:26 pm

Maybe not a parasite but roachs and other unwanted bugs. I normally give a quick rinse and a gentle bake

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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby Back into darts » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:00 pm

Thanks Eric;
That's what I've always done. I'll probably stick with it just to be safe.
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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby TapDart91 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:40 am

Iv always ran mine through warm water , a little scrubbing with the hands removes extra dirt and bugs let dry and ready to use. But I get paranoid about litter and oil run off / environmental stuff. Warm water seems to work fine so far.

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Re: Best way to sterilize collected leaf litter?

Postby BcsTx » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:04 pm

I bake mine at 250 degrees in large aluminium turkey size pans that I triple stack, when I smell the leaves I turn off the oven and remove them when cool. Have not had any issues with roaches etc.
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