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Old 05-10-03, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Flea powder ????

Hey i was at a local pet store today they were having a reptile Expo.
while i was there i saw a few of the snakes had mites so i said to the guy that some of his snakes has mites.And with that he took the snakes to the back room and put Flea powder on them and put them in a rubber maid. he told me that the flea powder would not hurt the snake but would kill the mites. He said that you put the Flea powder on for like ten minutes and then put them in the tub and wash the Flea powder off and that would cure the mites.
I have never heard of this before does any one know if this is true? some people i asked today that breed reptiles said it is true and some said it was not i have heard of useing NIX but not Flea powder. After about a hour he showed me the rubber-maid that he put water in and let the snake soak in for a little while and i did see a few dead mites in the water and only found dead ones on the snake. So it seemed to work but what i wonder is would that hurt the snake in any way?
This has had me wondering all day??????
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Old 05-11-03, 01:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This guy also said that he has been doing this with the Flea powder for 15 years I dont know if he is full of $hit or not ?
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Old 05-11-03, 08:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes you can use flea powder..........you have to use a specific one though. Up in Canada it comes in a white container.......I forget the name of the product but the active ingredient is NOT peritherines. You cover everything in the cage as well as the snake with the powder and leave everything covered for about a month or so. That will kill all the mites instantly. The reason you need to do it for atleast a month to 2 months is that you want to kill all the mites that hatch out of the eggs that are inside the cage. Mites feed on the snake and then lay their eggs on the surfaces surrounding the snake. With the flea powder on the snake the new mites hatch out and are killed instandly when they touch the flea powder to feed off the snake.

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Well the stuff that he used i was pretty sure it was called Zodiac.
And he told me that is the only kind that should be used because it would not harm the snake.
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Yes........that is the right kind.

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