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Old 12-07-12, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need rat help NOW

Was just holding my two adult male rats, and when I was done I went and took out one of my babies. I noticed on my white rex that she is LOADED with tiny brown bugs, which I am suspecting to be mites. Checked my other two, both also have them. My males don't seem to have any. Is there any way to get rid of them?! I don't want my babies to be harmed by this.
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Old 12-07-12, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On the rats? Do your snakes have any on them?
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Are you sure they're not fleas? (Assuming "white rex" is a rat.)

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Yeah, I'm a dog groomer so I've seen plenty of fleas, definitely not fleas. And they look different than mites on snakes, and all my snakes are mite free right now.
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Yeah, I'm a dog groomer so I've seen plenty of fleas, definitely not fleas. And they look different than mites on snakes, and all my snakes are mite free right now.
I found this:
Rat Tails - An Itchy Rat is an Itchy Nat

I can't say how well it works though.

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Well that looks like the same exact thing they have, I will probably take them to the vet though since they are really young
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Well that looks like the same exact thing they have, I will probably take them to the vet though since they are really young
Yeah, vet's probably a better option if they're young. I don't think Ivermectin is very safe for young animals.

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It's rodent mites.

No idea how to get rid of them. Maybe flea powder?

I have no idea how well it affects mammals but you can look into pest stripes stuff like vapona. Like I said I HAVE NO IDEA how it affects mammals (not safe for herps) so you'd have to look into it.

Personally, I'd nix the poop outta them.
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Use nix on them.
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Advantage works very well.
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Use nix on rats also treat the cage with zodiac take it outside sparay down with zodiac allow to dry and will prevent/keep mites away for 7 months
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What's zodiac?
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A brand of mite/tick prevention priducts.
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A brand of mite/tick prevention priducts.
Thanks Buddy!


So, instead of 2 products I stick with Nix. Spray everything.
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Throw them in your freezer. Rodent mites only feed on rodents, eliminate the ability for them to reproduce by tossing the rodents. All of them.
BTW, they bite humans and it's itchy as all hell.
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