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Old 02-07-04, 11:41 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Zoe's Website has what i believe to be some good info,
may as well check it out.

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go to the pharmacy. buy the cream solution of NIX buy a 4L bottle of Distilled water. put all the cream into the water, shake to mix well. put some of that mixture into a spray bottle. store the rest in a cool dark place like under your sink or something.

remove everything from the tank, bake any wood stuff at 250 for 30 minutes. spray all 'furniture' for the tank, and the insides, outsides, and arounf the tank (within like 3 feet) withthe nix mixture. let it evaporate. your snake you can spray with the diluted mixture also. leave them in a rubbermaid or tupperware while the cage etc is treated. once the wood stuff is baked, spray that also. when all is dry, put paper towel in as substrate. replace everything except water dish. return the snake to enclosure. after 24 hours, you can replace the water dish in the tank (you don't want the snake to soak and then drink the water with nix in it that is why you wait 24 hours)
if there are any mites you will see them clearly on the paper towel. Repeat the whole preocess every week to 2 weeks. wait at least a month. If after a month, you have seen no mites, chances are you are safe and killed all the mites and the eggs. you can replace your tank as normal.
hope this helped. if you have other questions, you can MSN me or e-mail me at tracymayo22@hotmail.com

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A very helpful article for Nix treatment is here

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Ok, I have some nix cream stuff. Is it always the same size? Well i have disposed of all the carpet and wood stuff in there. The plastic and ceramics have all been bleached out. Same with the cage and everything. The snake went in a rubbermaid(perfect size) with a water dish and carboard hide. Everything got bleached cause my dad wanted to do that. The enclosure was completely sprayed down with bleach too. Then watch everything, reapeat this process in a week, for three weeks? This is what i understand. Am i doing it right and does this sound good? Thanks.

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Anyways, im going to mix the nix with some distilled water(1/4 of the nix to 1 litter, same as all the nix to four litters). I am going to take out the water dish, change the substrate to paper towel(from newspaper), and spray down the rubbermaid, snake, box, the new big cage that had the mites, everything around it, all decor, carpet around it, most of room around where the cage was sitting, leave all for 24h, go put the water dish back in the snakes cage,
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just make sure anything that you cleaned with bleach is fully rinsed...especially water bowls.

i personally would nix the snake everyday for the first week if you want to be completely safe. just change the water daily.
Also, pay attention to vents and gaps leading into and out of the enclosure. you'll notice when using nix (depending on the severity of your situation) they will make a run for the vent holes but die before they get there
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Alright, so what im going to do sounds good? Thanks.

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Old 02-08-04, 10:13 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It sounds good shy of the hide. Cardboard is not the best choice for humid environments, and tends to mold quickly.
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hmm??? not sure what kind of snake we are talking about here...but I use cardboard hides for my BCI's and I haven't had a problem with them getting moldy....not yet anyway. Usually they get soiled and I just throw them out before any onset of mold.
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The mention of vent holes reminded me of a little trick you can use (this would be especially recommended if you have other snakes that can become infested). You can put some petroluem jelly AROUND the holes on the outside of the tank to keep the mites from exiting. When they try, they'll get stuck in the stuff and die. With only one snake I've never tried this personally, I sprayed around the tank with the Nix to catch escapees. It's harmless to carpeting, etc. They really are evil little things :P You'll probably also want to dispose any trash from the tank, out of the house.
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When i went to spray last night(well 1am) i checked in the cardboard hide and it was crawling with them. There was a pile in each top corner and they were crawling around(about 30+/-) on the box on the inside. I saw about 10 on the snake(blood python). Anyways everything has been sprayed. You could almost say the whole room. Thanks for all your help!

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Throw away that cardboard hide.....as a matter of fact...BURN IT...lol..j/k....once there are no signs of mites...just get a new hide.
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Yup, ive thrown the hide away, changed the substrate to paper towel and i cleaned out the container with my nix spray. I saw a WHOLE BUNCH of dead mites all over the newspaper. Anyways, when i was cleaning i looked really closely at a few of the mites. They have a bit of a shine on their back, greenish, blueish, and redish. I also saw a white V shape on their back. Also, i saw some little clumps(1mm x 1mm and less) of red balls(which i assum to be eggs). There were some in random parts of the rubbermaid and on the thermometer. I dont see any mites crawling on the snake anymore. There were two when i put her back in but i nixed them, lol. I plan on reapeating this cycle lightly every 3 days, for about 3 weeks, with one heavy cycle once(1) a week. Thanks for all your help.

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I just got a hedgehog yesterday (drove 10 hours to pick it up!). Hedgehogs ARE prone to mites so that may be where your snake got them from.

I'm taking extra quarantine care to seperate my snakes and my hedgehog.
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I just got a hedgehog yesterday (drove 10 hours to pick it up!). Hedgehogs ARE prone to mites so that may be where your snake got them from.
Hedgehogs can get mites, just like any animal, but they cannot get reptile mites. Reptile mites only affect reptiles, amphibians, and avians - not mammals. It really wouldn't matter to keep your hedgehogs in a seperate room from reptiles to avoid mites spreading, because it is an impossibility.

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As regular maintenance and to make sure we never find mites sneaking back into our collection (people visiting the zoo could potentially bring them with them) - we spray everything, every 2 weeks. By doing this, we have not seen a mite on one of ours snakes for a very long time.
Although Nix is safe to use, it is still a pesticide. Doesn't it worry you to have your reptiles constantly exposed to it?
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