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Old 08-05-03, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Sticks from outdoors!!!

Hi, i went camping this past long weekend and i found some awesome climbing branches for my crested geckos but i wanted to know how i could make the branches free of bacteria and all of that nasty stuff.
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Old 08-05-03, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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clean them well with antibacterial soap, rinse them well (real well!), then cook them in the oven for a wee bit, then keep them in a sealed plastic bag for at least a week but the longer the better. That should be enough to kill anything in there. Also try and use hardwood like oak, but especially cherry or apple.
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How hot should the oven be?
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Probably not too hot.... I don't know for sure but make sure you watch it to make sure it doesn't catch on fire.. ~TR~
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you could also bath then with bleach and soap and then rinse them off REALLY good and let them dry in the sun...thats what i did.
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i think heating is the best method... stick in oven for around 30-45 minutes on about 300F. stay close by though! good luck..
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Ya, if u heat it stay close to the oven with something to put it out if it does catch on fire.
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Forget the oven. Soak it in 10% bleach/water solution for half an hour, then rinse with SALT water to dilute the bleach. Soak in salt water for a few hours. Rinse thoroughly with normal water and let soak for another hour or so. No more parasites. If the branch still smells like chlorine, use more salt water.
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I like to soak the branches and the likes in water for about an hour, then I place them inside a damp paper bag and bake for 1 hour at about 150 degrees. Mis the bag a few times if it gets too dry. Kills off everything (soaking allows stream to build up inside and heats up to kill off the nasties)
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yeah, i forgot to say about the misting... didn't ever hear about hte paper bag...it would have to be damp for sure or it could flame. cheers,
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